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The 5 myths of worming chickens

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The 5 myths of worming chickens

If you are a chicken owner, it's very likely you have had to deal with these annoying parasites. Worming chickens is a topic that has much debate. Here we are going over the top 5 myths of worming.

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Avian Pox

Avian Pox Bird Health Pox

Avian Pox

Avian Pox is a common disease seen in many countries around the world.  Of the 9,000 bird species known there are 232 of them that have developed a natural pox virus infection.  A great deal of host specificity exists with this virus in that one species of bird with pox cannot infect another species in most cases.  In the cases where the virus can jump species the clinical signs tend to not occur or be so slight as to not be noticed.  That means that pox for a magpie would not infect a pigeon or chicken.               Photo: Young kereru with...

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Chicken First Aid Kit

Chicken First Aid Kit

  Owning chickens is full of surprises. It best to always be prepared for any situation you may find yourself in. Knowing yours and everyone else's luck, your chook will decide to pull a sickie at 8pm on a sunday night... Below is a list of items I think are important in the ol' chicken first aid tool kit.  A quick checklist. I'll go over these in detail below. Wormers Anticoccidial (coxiprol) Red mite treatment Lice powder  Electrolyte  Supplements, Berocca, The Good Stuff, Probiotics  A - Scabies cream (Scaly Leg Mites) ACV Over the counter pain relief (Aspirin) Wound spray or...

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Interview series: Working with birds - Annemieke Kregting

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Interview series: Working with birds - Annemieke Kregting

Tune in, because every month we are going to be interviewing bird rehabilitators from all over New Zealand!

This week, veterinary nurse and rehabilitator extraordinaire, Annemieke Kregting, founder of Kuaotunu Bird Rescue

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Bird rehabilitation - Essential tools of the trade. Part 1

Bird rehabilitation  - Essential tools of the trade. Part 1

If you work in rehabilitation you will know that everyday is different. I have compiled a list of my go to supplies that have helped me out in almost every situation. 

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