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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

Bird Health Colloidal Silver Wound Healing

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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Interview series: Working with birds - Marleen Verhoeven

Bird Health Bird Rehabilitation Working with birds

Interview series: Working with birds -  Marleen Verhoeven

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

This week, the multi-talented psychologist and bird rehabilitator Marleen Verhoeven from Hunua Bird Life 

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Your Chicken Has Marek’s Disease Virus.

Bird Health Mareks Virus poultry

Your Chicken Has Marek’s Disease Virus.

The virus involved in Marek’s Disease (MD) is very common and affects chickens and turkeys in every part of the world. The tumour-causing virus varies in its pathogenicity (ability/severity of infection), but once infected the chicken carries the virus for its entire life.

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Interview series: Working with birds - Nyssa Skorji

Bird Health Bird Rehabilitation Working with birds

Interview series: Working with birds -  Nyssa Skorji

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

This week I'm excited to be interviewing my fellow bird nerd and good friend Nyssa Skorji.

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