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Stress...it really is a killer

by Ranger editor John Widdowson When our esteemed team of vets write in the Ranger each month we are often told that one of the major disease prev...


Poultry Diary - My poultry day by day

This was written at the turn of the century, it contains a wealth of poultry keeping information most of it still very relevant today and gives us an ...


Pecking - The unanswered questions

It is the biggest problem facing the alternative egg production sector. But after 30 years of research scientists have come up with no solutions to th...


Worms – don’t watch them wriggle and squirm!

We all look forward to the advent of Spring with longer days and warmer weather. Unfortunately, so do the worms! It is usually thought that worms begi...


5 May 2006 | Veterinary
Vaccination - how much more can they take?

The merits of vaccination are plain to see – we see it in our pets and our own children, but as with the current MMR debate, the end user often questi...


5 May 2007 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Coccidiosis – providing immunity in the laying flock

In this month’s Ranger article we are looking at the options available to provide the pullet with good immunity against coccidiosis on the laying site...


What can I treat my birds with?

The modern free range layer is generally robust and hardy with very few health problems. If the bird is in good condition at point of lay and is given...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
The year of the Parasite

As a new year stretches ahead of us, it is a useful time to look back at some of the disease problems experienced by free range producers and discusse...


5 May 2005 | Caged,News,Veterinary
Chickens may damage your health

Apart from the psychological stresses associated with looking after free range chicken flocks, there are a small number of infectious diseases which m...


5 May 2005 | Veterinary
Mycoplasma synoviae...do we take it for granted?

Producers' interest and concern about the current devastating disease outbreak of Avian Influenza in Holland is understandable when millions of bi...


Balaclavas for chickens...a solution to the white egg syndrome?

Eggs were never designed to be eaten! Their role is clearly to act as a vehicle to carry a developing embryo, protected against the outside elements b...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Ranging,Veterinary
Some like it hot!

Ostriches may like it hot but for free range layers and those who look after them, very hot weather can be bad news. Adult chickens are fairly adaptab...


Spotty Liver Syndrome

As its name suggests, this condition of layers produces spotty livers in the affected birds! The reason for this descriptive rather than scientific na...


Worms

Parasite problems remain a problem for our industry. The damage caused depends on the weight of infection which is, in turn, dependent on the husbandr...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
What’s in an egg? (and what shouldn’t be)

As most producers are only too well aware, it can be difficult to consistently produce high quality eggs as there are so many different factors which ...


5 May 2007 | Feed,Veterinary,Welfare
Water - Friend and Foe!

Water is essential for life. That applies to us as much as to our chickens! Providing ample amounts of fresh clean water is needed to maintain the hea...


5 May 2006 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Vaccination—what are we doing and why?

The current debate on Salmonella vaccination strategies (and indeed the role of vaccination in the control of the current Foot and Mouth crisis) has r...


5 May 2006 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Training - Teaching an old dog new tricks?

Previous articles have concentrated on specific disease problems and how to tackle them but a meeting in September has prompted us to change tack for ...


5 May 2006 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Taking blood samples

In last month's Ranger we discussed some of the reasons blood samples might be needed from your flock. This month, we concentrate on taking the ri...


5 May 2005 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Red mite - An irritating threat

Red mite, once thought to be a disease of the past, is now a cause of increasing problems in the free range layer and in other sectors of the poultry ...


5 May 2007 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Pasteurellosis (or Fowl Cholera)

Pasteurellosis is an infection caused by the bacteria Pasteurella multocida. This is a very severe infectious disease of poultry. In the days before a...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Foot and Mouth disease – there but for the Grace of God?

Although the virus does not affect poultry directly undoubtedly some producers on mixed farms will become entwined in the necessary movement restricti...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Mycoplasmas - Old diseases, new problems

Old diseases have a habit of re-emerging and showing up the holes in our biosecurity procedures. Mycoplasmas are no exception. Having been around for ...


5 May 2005 | Feed,Veterinary,Welfare
A word from the Vet…lumps and bumps

Previous articles have tended to focus on disease problems which might affect the flock as a whole. In this article, we will be looking at a few condi...


5 May 2006 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) - quite a mouthful

Infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) has proved to be a persistent cause of concern in poultry, especially commercial layers, for over 75 years. Once th...


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