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


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Goats and Dairy Cattle

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza: Protecting Not Only Your Poultry, But Other Livestock Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, is commonly known as the bird flu. It’s extremely infectious, highly fatal, and has been spread throughout the entire poultry industry—backyard chickens, turkeys, and more. It is primarily spread by infected wild waterfowl such as ducks and geese.   If you’d like to learn more about HPAI in California please visit February 2024 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Update, on SoCal Nestbox.   More recently, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza has evolved to be transmitted between birds, marine mammals, and livestock like goats

February 2024 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Update

Avian Influenza, also known as the bird flu, is caused by influenza Type A virus. Waterfowl like ducks, geese, and shorebirds are carriers of Avian Influenza, especially Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza or HPAI. With HPAI there’s a higher chance of the virus to be passed on to a specific host—like your backyard chickens, turkeys, and other poultry.   The United States, free flying waterfowl, commercial flocks and backyard farmers of poultry, and other birds are currently battling Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza. Birds who are exposed are very likely to become sick and die, so what does this virus currently

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Taking Care of Chickens in Cold Weather

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: Except for Chickens! A Guide to Keeping Your Flock Warm in Cold Weather Has the cold weather and almost freezing temperatures been getting you down? Well, just like us humans, it’s especially important for poultry (including chickens) to stay warm. If backyard chickens have to deal with prolonged cold, this can decrease their metabolism, reduce their egg production, and lead to increased sickness or even death. In this article, we’ll cover signs your chickens may be displaying in reaction to cold weather and ways to keep your feathered friends warm, so the cold

Chicken Wound Management

Just like all of our pets, chickens get injured. If you’ve done some basic first aid on you, your kids, your dogs, cats, horses, llamas etc., you can do it also on your good old backyard chickens. While chickens are not dogs, cats or even children, in general there are more similarities than differences. However, know your limitations. If something is bleeding excessively or we’re dealing with broken bones, puncture wounds from dogs and cats or similar emergency type situations, call a veterinarian. To that point, be prepared and make sure you have found a veterinarian who treats poultry

Avian Coryza

Could Coryza be the Cause of Your Clucking and Coughing Chickens? Avian coryza is a bacterial respiratory disease that appears to have become more common in backyard chickens over the last several years. Because it is highly infectious among poultry and typically doesn’t result in high mortality, coryza is rapidly spreading, making it an important disease to understand as a bird owner: The Basics of Coryza Coryza is the short or common name for the Gram-negative bacteria  Avibacterium paragallinarim (formerly called Haemophilus paragallinarum). As you can see, us scientists love our complicated names. There is an “uncomplicated” and “complicated”

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