Poultry & Waterfowl Problems By Michael Roberts

Poultry And Waterfowl Problems By Michael Roberts

Poultry & Waterfowl Problems By Michael Roberts £9.00

This book covers most of the diseases and ailments encountered in keeping poultry, turkeys and waterfowl. It is written  in an easy to follow format describing signs, causes, prevention, treatment and mortality. It also includes many of the drugs used in the treatment of diseases. There is a list of avian vets in Britain at the back of this book and a translation of veterinary terms into plain English. There are many illustrations and photographs.

Price £9.00 + P&P.

11 thoughts on “Poultry & Waterfowl Problems By Michael Roberts

  1. I have a peking duck that is nesting like crazy but is still frequently on and off the nest. I think shes gonna do it herself but maybe she wants to lay more eggs, I counted ten so far. Her drake stands real tall and yes hes watching for me. He nipped at my legs when i went in today. The other day one of my baby chicks from my sexinks got into the duck pen some how and the drake didnt hurt it either. I think hes gonna be an excellent father, I heard some are mean to them but ive heard mostly the opposite.


  3. Where can I buy turkey eggs for hatching, I would need them to be delivered to me in the west of Ireland.

  4. Hi Sheila,
    Sorry to hear about your hens sneezing.
    I just have a few questions to ask you.

    Are they off their water or are they drinking more?
    When you pick them up do they feel thin?
    How are they standing are their wings droopy?
    Is the area area their eyes puffed up?
    What are their droppings like?
    Does her breathing rattle?
    The eggs that they do lay are they ok, or are they thin shelled, mis-shapen etc

    Answers to these questions can help to identify what might be wrong as sneezing could be related to a number of illnesses. Hens are prone to respiratory problems.

    Sneezing birds may have an upper respiratory problem and there can be discharge from the nose with this.

    There can be a number of causes-

    poor ventillation (droppings give off ammonia),
    sawdust (larger wood shavings sold in pet shops usually has the ‘dust’ extracted to prevent these problems),
    straw may carry dust in it.
    viruses – such as infectious bronchitis, pneumovirus, aspergilliosis, mycoplasma, infectious laryngotracheitis, Avian Influenza, Fowl pest / Newcastle disease, Coryza to name some.
    All of these conditions show very similar symptoms which makes it difficult to know which it is, so the more symptoms you can describe or notice the more able to pick out what it might be.

    My quail had mycoplasma and have been treated with baytril. Baytril or Tylan are antibiotics which vets give to hens.

    Can you phone your vet and ask for advice over the phone, without taking your hen in?

    I have added your comment to my farmingfriends forum to see if any of the members can offer any advice. http://farmingfriends.com/forums/topic.php?id=694
    Hope your hens get better soon. Keep us posted.
    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  5. Hi

    My hens are sneezing and some appear to have runny noses. They all live together in a shed which was built for goats and have free access to 1/2 acre paddock and garden.
    Do they have a cold!! ? What can i do rather than going to a vet? They are eating but eggs have gone down in number.

  6. Hello there, not sure if you accept ads from anyone ? We have a lovely flock of Khaki Campbells which were bought as hatchlings 6 months ago and now have 2 VERY healthy drakes to sell at £15 each… the ducks need a bit of a rest from their advances!

    They have been VERY free range reared and live with a small flock of mixed hens and Aylesburys. I have 7 children so the khakis are used to company and don’t mind being petted at night in their shed.

    We live in Keswick in Cumbria – collection would be best early in the morning or after dark when they’re roosting, we have a huge garden and they will be difficult to catch at any other time of day.

  7. Hi Topveg,

    Great idea about the cabbage and sprout stalks will do that.

    The hens are eating the eggs in the morning before I let the poultry out. My friend Sarah suggested segregating the hut into a duck and hen side which sounds like a good idea, but will try the cabbage and sprouts stalks first.

    Kind regards
    sara @ farmingfriends

  8. Hi – we always thought egg pecking was a sign of boredom. I agree with your suggestion of giving them green veg – we actually hang cabbage stalks & sprout stalks from string – so that they move when pecked & act as a bit of a challenge!

  9. As part of its ongoing efforts to educate backyard poultry owners about what they can do to protect their birds against infectious poultry diseases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a free and informative calendar for 2010. The Backyard Biosecurity: Keeping Your Birds Healthy calendar features full-color photos of poultry and other birds each month. It contains useful information about protecting poultry from disease and includes tips on what to do should poultry owners suspect that their birds are infected with a disease such as avian influenza. Those interested in receiving this free calendar can go to http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov and click “2010 Backyard Biosecurity Calendar.”

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