By Brittney Ferguson and Tori Connor
This disease is characterized by diarrhea, pale, droopy, tend to huddle, consume less feed and water, and may become dehydrated.
Clean manure out everyday as it is spread through manure. Diseased birds should be removed from healthy birds.
It is best treated by the addition of a drug (coccidiostat). A coccidiosis vaccine is also available commercially. The product is useful only in certain types of poultry operations and must be used as recommended.
The disease affects the nervous system causing paralysis in the legs, neck and wings.
There is a vaccination that can prevent this but it must be given as soon as possible after hatching. Poor management can put birds under stressful conditions which can cause an outbreak.
Treatment is not effective. Diseased birds should be removed from the flock and humanely destroyed. Other birds in the flock are likely to be infected at this stage – it is too late to protect them.
It will become drowsy, hangs it head, closes its eyes and passes greenish diarrhea.
To never get tick fever you should vaccinate your chook.
If your chook has tick fever should use insecticides to control ticks and other carriers of the disease.
Poor weight gain, little interest in feeding, diarrhea, in some cases paralysis occurs.
The higher standard of hygiene the lower risk of getting infestations. Birds that are on a dirty floor for a long period of time are more likely to be infected with worms. If you include Vitamin A in your poultry diet it will make birds more resistant to worm attack.
If your bird gets internal parasites there are drugs that can be added to food and drinking water to control certain types of worms.