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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

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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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Interview series: Working with birds - Annemieke Kregting

Bird Health Bird Rehabilitation Working with birds

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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Lead poisoning in birds

Bird Health Bird Rehabilitation Heavy Metal Poisoning

Lead poisoning in birds

Backyard chickens can be exposed to a multitude of different hazards when they are free ranging.  Lead has been a common problem in these flocks causing detrimental effects to the health of these birds but also with the transfer of these heavy metals to the eggs that humans may eat.     Lead causes issues when ingested by being highly dense, not readily oxidized and acting as a neurotoxic agent.  As such the metal does not breakdown in the lumen of the gastrointestinal tract and can be slowly absorbed into the bloodstream. There can be a variety of presentations depending...

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The Controversy of Colloidal Silver

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The Controversy of Colloidal Silver

Silver has been known to have good anti-bacterial properties for centuries and is used in many types of wound dressings as well as other medical tools and equipment.  Many household appliances and cleaning products use silver for its anti-bacterial properties.  Ionic silver salt (ie. Ag+) is the most common form used, while silver nanoparticles (AgNP) consist of atomic silver (Ag0) that oxidise to silver oxide (Ag+) but this process can be altered by the chemical composition of the wound environment and lighting conditions. 

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