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  • Hen Deaths

    We have seen a relatively high number of our free range hens dropping dead over the past couple of weeks. There is no sign of disease and they are from unrelated breeds and different roosts. The only common factor is it seems to happen after windy weather. Are they getting chilled perhaps?
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by hareley farmer on Sun, Jan 22 2012
  • Game Birds - Developments this week

    Have you seen the FSA news release this week?.... "Gamekeepers across the UK are reminded of their responsibilities for ensuring animal feed is safe for food-producing animals and for carrying out recordkeeping correctly. Food Standards Agency guidance is available, explaining the requirements of...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Fri, Feb 4 2011
  • Re: Free Range Egg production - is Brachyspira a problem?

    Good luck with your survey, Luke, Free Range Egg production is definitely on the up and up! However, UK Vet David Burch has this month posed the question "Brachyspira – is it Spiralling out of Control?" in a new [Nov. 2010] online review at: www.octagon-services.co.uk/poultry.htm What is the...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Tue, Nov 23 2010
  • Re: Causes of Egg-Drop

    An increasingly common cause of egg-drop in free-range flocks is Brachyspira infection [ Avian Intestinal Spirochaetosis (AIS)] In a survey in the UK of 222 commercial layer, pullet and breeder farms 74% of the flocks were positive and 25% were associated with the pathogenic strains. When this was broken...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Wed, Aug 18 2010
  • Causes of Egg-Drop

    A useful, newly-published article by UK vet David Burch entitled "Egg Drops - Not So Much a Syndrome, More a Production Failure" details the range of Viruses, Bacteria, Mycoplasmas, Parasites and Management factors that can be involved in "Egg-Drop" problems. He comments: "The...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Fri, Sep 25 2009
  • Re: Chicken Production Costings

    Some useful comparative production figures for laying hens in intensive and free-range production systems have just been published, covering... Body weight at 18 weeks (kg) Bodyweight at 72 weeks (kg) Age at 50% production (wks) Age at peak production (wks) Peak production (%) Hen-day eggs to 72 weeks...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Fri, Sep 25 2009
  • Re: red mite help please

    I have kept a few hens for 8 years now and they have recently become infested with red mite for the 1st time. I am working through the gamut of treatments for the birds and the house, but what about the ground? and the old bedding? I know the mites can live for 36 weeks away from the hens, and that they...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by dancing kate on Wed, Aug 12 2009
  • Poultry Post-mortems & Meat Inspections

    I have just discovered that there is now an updated and expanded edition of the popular guidebook on health inspection of poultry carcases "Poultry Inspection: Anatomy, Physiology and Disease Conditions": http://www.Amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1904761534/pigdiseaseinfo0c If you are not familiar...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Sun, Jan 11 2009
  • Chickens & Eggs: Grow them healthy, Eat them safely!

    Forum members may be interested in a new book I have been reviewing, on improving performance of poultry, PLUS a super Poultry Meat Inspection/Disease Photo Atlas from Nottingham University... " Formula for the Future: Nutrition or Pathology ? Elevating Performance and Health in Pigs and Poultry...
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Sun, Dec 14 2008
  • Re: Newcomer to Free Range Egg Production

    You may be interested in some hygiene tips for Free Range Egg Production in this article from this month's Poultry World: http://www.octagon-services.co.uk/articles/poultry/hygiene.pdf Brachyspira infection is a significant business risk in layers now. Michael
    Posted to Poultry Platform (Forum) by HolisticHealth on Tue, Aug 12 2008
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