Common Diseases & Conditions2020-09-22T20:00:20-07:00

Common Diseases & Conditions

Your first defense against disease is prevention. But when foul days do strike, knowing how to detect disease and what to do can help save your birds.

This section covers:

  • Common contagious diseases
  • Disease detection and common symptoms
  • Vaccinations
  • Heat stress

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Toxic Fumes: PTFE Non-stick Coating Poisoning in Birds

Most of us have heard at one point or another that you can’t cook with non-stick pans around pet birds, and if you have not heard now you know!  The culprit lurking on the pan’s surface is the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or commonly Teflon) coating that makes the cookware non-stick. PTFE and related coatings (PFOA, PFOS, etc.) emits toxic fumes when heated that are especially dangerous to birds due to their unique respiratory system. These coatings are the most common source of inhaled poisoning in companion birds. This article will discuss why pet birds are particularly sensitive to PTFE fumes,

Digestive Issues in Chickens

We all want to make sure our chickens are happy and healthy. Just like us humans, diet and nutrition are essential for the overall health of chickens. The following article focuses on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of chickens and how best to keep our birds happy and healthy with respect to diet and nutrition.   Gastrointestinal Tract of a Chicken From start to end, a chicken’s digestive tract is quite different than our own, though there are some analogous parts between our two species. The chicken picks up food with its beak and secretes saliva to help moisten the

Marek’s Disease: the Scourge of Poultry Everywhere!

You finally have your coop up and running. Your cute feathered friends are clucking away. You’re practicing egg-cellent biosecurity measures and feeding the right diet but what else can you do to protect your birds? SoCal Nestbox aims to provide you with helpful tools, such as  Find A Vet, on our site along with articles (like this one!) to support your happy and healthy human-animal bond. We are here to share important information with you about one of the most common and most devastating avian infectious diseases. Please read on to learn about Marek’s Disease and what you can

Poultry Diseases in SoCal

Think your chicken is depressed?  Has Tom Turkey stopped strutting? Birds often show signs of illness in subtle ways and it may be hard to detect. The first step to knowing if your chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or other feathered friend is sick is to know what is normal for your flock. We recommend that you start by watching your birds for a short time every day. Observation is a great tool for both veteran poultry farmers and new owners. Be sure to keep a record of your observations so that you don’t have to guess if something has

Signs and Symptoms of Heat Stress in Chickens

Summer is a fun season of the year, filled with lots of outdoor time. It also means we will likely spend a lot of time trying to cool off! Just as we feel the effects of the hot weather, chickens are sensitive to the heat. Unlike us, they do not have sweat glands; when it gets hot, they can overheat. This makes them more sensitive to heat stress, a condition that occurs when a bird’s body temperature rises to fatal levels. Heat stress often results from a variety of environmental factors including humidity and air temperature as well as

CAHFS- Who They Are and What They Can Do For You 

The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS) is an animal diagnostic laboratory network that operates in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and UC Davis. The lab has four locations in California: Davis, San Bernardino, Tulare, and Turlock. CAHFS (pronounced “calves”) monitors the health of California’s livestock and poultry populations by performing routine tests for animal diseases, including animal diseases that affect people. Their services and reliable diagnoses are critical for keeping our chickens, ducks, and turkeys healthy and for protecting our food supply. The laboratories provide rapid testing for flocks with the

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