Chickens are subject to numerous diseases and parasites in fact diseases and parasites are the chief hindrances to success in raising poultry most common health problems can be avoided through preventative management nevertheless sooner or later every flock experiences its share of maladies. By joe berry extension poultry specialist oklahoma state university external parasites can cause real problems for small flock poultry producers and occasionally for large flock producers this article looks at the many different parasites that infect poultry and discusses methods on how to control them. A parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism referred to as the host and gains an advantage at the expense of that organism the two types of internal parasites that affect poultry are worms and protozoa usually low levels of infestation do not cause a problem and can be left . Common poultry diseases and their prevention dr nathaniel l tablante associate professor and extension poultry veterinarian va md regional college of veterinary medicine university of maryland college park 8075 greenmead drive college park md 20742 tel 301 314 6810 nltumdedu. There are a few major categories of disease that commonly occur in small poultry flocks these include external and internal parasites mareks disease respiratory disease nutritional problems reproductive diseases and fowl pox poultry owners also need to be aware of those diseases exotic to australia
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