For profitable poultry production (as well as having a 'happy' flock) it is important to maintain a healthy flock. The well-known quote "The best defense is a great offense" holds true when keeping poultry. A strong biosecurity program is important to keep disease-causing organisms (bacteria, viruses, fungi, etc.) away from your flock.
To understand the effects of disease-causing organisms (as well as management problems) on the health of your flock it is important to have a good understanding of the anatomy and physiology of poultry and what the inside of a healthy bird looks like.
- Characteristics of healthy birds
- Common signs of illness in poultry
- Disease prevention
- Common diseases affecting poultry
- Common nutrition-related problems
- Behavior problems
Merck Veterinary Manual - Poultry (Merck)
Safe handling of chicks (University of Kentucky)
Risk of Human Salmonella infections from live baby poultry (Center for Disease Control)
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