An organic egg farm in England has set up a novel method of protecting its hens from bird flu allowing them to stay outdoors.
Orchard Eggs based in West Sussex has taken advantage of the latest laser technology available from a Dutch company in order to scare off wild migratory birds and prevent them mixing with the farm’s chickens. As the British government recently extended the avian influenza (bird flu) prevention zone to April 2017, it also raised the biosecurity requirements poultry farmers must adhere to if they want to keep their birds outdoors. Orchard Eggs, owned by young Dutch couple Karen and Daniel Hoeberichts, said once they heard of the new laser technology steps were taken to set it up to complement the farm’s other biosecurity measures.
Read more. (Original article by Chris McCullough, 2017. Poultry Farm Sets Up Lasers to Guard its Organic Hens from Bird Flu – The Poultry Site).
Kemin has a an analysis score-card for avian droppings. It is a “traffic light” system of analysis which can be displayed on producers sites. They also produce “fan poop cards” which are very useful and easy to carry. Farmers/stock keepers can use them to help spot the signs of flock health.
Poultry World launched a poultry health tool. It is a rather general introductory entry to main poultry health issues. The tool was created with the assistance of Dr Joseph J. Giambrone, Professor at the Poultry Science Department, Auburn University, USA Maarten de Gussem, veterinary expert, DMV, VetWorks.
The tool lists 66 diseases, organized in four categories: Skin and skeleton, Nervous system, Digestive system and Respiratory system. Unfortunately, the category ‘Skin and skeleton’ is lacking an entry on feather pecking. For this, it is better to visit the Henhub site.
Good health is important to prevent feather pecking (see our henhub page). To find out more about poultry health this website may be of use:
This resource on poultry diseases is authored and updated by Dr. Nati Elkin, a poultry diseases specialist.
The website contains an atlas of pathology which provides images and text that demonstrate gross pathological findings associated with poultry disease conditions. Publications include full-text articles on poultry diseases (authored by international experts), a comprehensive archive of news updated daily, a calendar of international events, and much more.