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Early Mortality (Omphalitis)

By |2021-05-12T16:30:26-06:00January 6th, 2016|

Early mortality in a flock can have several causes or contributing factors but one of the most common causes is bacterial infection of the navel (omphalitis) and/or yolk sac.  In this article we hope to discuss omphalitis and other factors which can impact early mortality rates. What is normal mortality? Typical total mortality in [...]

Avian Influenza Outbreaks (Canada 2014-2015)

By |2021-05-12T16:29:40-06:00December 15th, 2015|

Introduction Avian influenza (AI) is a contagious viral infection that can affect poultry as well as pet and wild birds. AI viruses are classified into two categories: low pathogenicity (LPAI) and highly pathogenic (HPAI), based on the level of severity of the illness caused in birds (Diseases of Poultry, 13th ed. 2013). Canada has [...]


By |2021-05-12T16:28:53-06:00December 10th, 2015|

Coccidiosis You have probably heard of the term coccidiosis before and know that medications are often added to the feed to prevent coccidiosis. Do you know what exactly is coccidiosis and why is it important to know and watch for signs of it? This short information sheet will answer some of these questions. What [...]

Reovirus (REO)

By |2021-05-12T16:27:09-06:00December 2nd, 2015|

Reovirus (REO) Are you noticing an increasing trend of problems with mobility and lameness in your flock as the birds grow?  There are a number of potential causes for lameness in a growing flock and with this article we will explain viral arthritis and reovirus. What are Viral Arthritis and Reovirus? Viral arthritis describes [...]

Vaccines & Vaccination Programs for Broiler Breeders

By |2021-05-12T16:27:53-06:00November 25th, 2015|

Vaccines & Vaccination Programs for Broiler Breeders For the modern poultry industry vaccination plays a key role in the prevention of infectious diseases. Vaccination of broiler breeders is especially important as this protects not only vaccinated birds (the breeders) but also their progeny (broilers). There are two main types of vaccines available for the broiler [...]

Ascites (Water belly)

By |2018-04-09T09:26:20-06:00November 20th, 2015|

Have you been finding an increasing number of chickens in the flock found dead with darkened or purplish discolored heads?  Have you noticed a number of smaller birds waddling around with what appear to be large fluid filled abdomens or ‘water bellies’?  If this is something you have been seeing there may be an [...]