Backyard Flocks

Backyard Flocks: What You Need to Know

How to Prevent and Detect Disease

  1. Keep your birds away from wild birds and animals, which can carry parasites and disease
  2. Clean barns, cages, egg trays, tools, and water and feed containers. Wash your hands, clothing, and footwear, or wear clean coveralls and shoes covers. Disinfectants are recommended.
  3. Limit visitors. If a visitors must entry your property or touch your birds, they should wash their hands and wear clothing and footwear covers. Vehicle tires and wheels should be washed before entering your property
  4. Keep new birds separate when entering your flock. New birds should be monitored and kept separate for at least 30 days. Use reputable suppliers. Birds returning from shows or exhibits should also be kept separated for at least two weeks.
  5. Spot the signs and report early.

Sickness signs

  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Drooping wings and tail
  • Discharge from the nostrils and eyes
  • Weakness or paralysis of legs or wings
  • Fecal stains around the vent
  • Laboured breathing
  • Tail bobbing
  • Cough
  • Breathing with open beak
  • Dark or blue combs

Call your veterinarian immediately if any of your birds show signs of sickness