VOA, Enterococcus

By |2020-09-29T11:29:39-06:00September 29th, 2020|

  What is VOA who is this Enterococcus species?   Imagine you are walking your barns, doing daily chores in a flock that is 28 days of age.  Mortality and culling rates for the flock have been good, but on this particular day you start to notice that a number of birds appear lame and [...]


By |2020-03-30T15:35:31-06:00March 30th, 2020|

Blackhead Disease With no current effective treatments, it has become increasingly important to understand the disease process and proactive measures to decrease the risk of blackhead entry into your flock. Cause of blackhead? It is a parasitic disease caused by Histomonas meleagridis which results in clinical disease in numerous poultry species (turkeys, chickens and quail). [...]

COVID-19 *Updated 04-07-20*

By |2020-04-07T17:09:03-06:00March 13th, 2020|

Some questions and answers about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) There is a great deal of information about coronavirus in the news and on social media. It can be hard to know what is factual and what you need to understand to make sense of the risks.  The vets at Poultry Health Services would like [...]

Viral Arthritis (VA)

By |2021-05-12T16:34:16-06:00February 5th, 2020|

Mobility problems and lameness in a flock can have many causes as well as contributing factors including management, nutrition, bacterial infections, and viral infections. Do you have leg issues in your barn? Are you observing an increased amount of “hockey sticks” or “green hock” legs? How much of your flock is affected? Is this [...]

Getting poultry health right

By |2018-11-08T09:37:41-07:00August 31st, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag The best time to develop a relationship with all the professionals you need for the operation is when you start planning a facility or expansion. While every producer will develop a relationship with lawyers, bankers, accountants, contractors, processors and equipment suppliers, they often wait to get to [...]

Enhanced biosecurity on broiler barns

By |2018-11-08T09:37:51-07:00May 31st, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag In a chicken industry that is minimizing the use of antibiotics, our ability to provide an optimal clean environment is paramount. This can be achieved through cleaning and disinfection (C&D) and strict biosecurity. The Chicken Farmers of Canada (CFC), within their on-farm food and safety program (OFFSAP), [...]

Live vaccines at multi-age poultry farms

By |2018-11-08T09:37:32-07:00April 29th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Live vaccines contain naturally occurring mild pathotype or attenuated (weakened) viruses, bacteria or coccidia and are designed to elicit local and systemic immunity in birds. They are suitable for mass administration by water or spray. Live vaccines in broiler breeders and table layers are most often used [...]

A year of change

By |2018-11-08T09:16:42-07:00April 9th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Antibiotic resistance is real. In Canada and around the world, fewer antimicrobials remain effective in controlling infection as more microbes become resistant in both human and veterinary medicine. In its 2015 report on nationwide antibiotic use and drug resistance rates, Health Canada stated that ‘Superbugs’ (bacteria with [...]

The veterinary-client-patient relationship

By |2018-11-08T09:12:43-07:00March 15th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Some perceive the term Veterinary-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR) as formal and rarely used or understood. It does not have to be that way. Simply stated, a VCPR involves a veterinarian and poultry producer developing and maintaining a working relationship. Together, they promote bird health, prudent use of antimicrobials [...]

Comparing Anticoccidial Classes

By |2018-11-08T09:12:52-07:00January 9th, 2018|

Source: Canadian Poultry Mag Virtually all poultry become exposed to the coccidial parasite, which often causes the important disease coccidiosis, noted by mortality and enteritis. Often, the enteritis can trigger another important disease, necrotic enteritis. Between coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis, flocks can experience high mortality (=>20 per cent), unthriftiness, poor feed [...]