My son is working on a research paper....your input is wanted!!!

Which of the following illnesses/diseases/pests do you spend most of your time treating/ or pre trea

  • Cocci

    Votes: 6 40.0%
  • Mereks

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • Avian Flu

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Newcastles

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Mites/Ticks

    Votes: 4 26.7%
  • Intestinal Worms

    Votes: 6 40.0%
  • Respiratory Infections - colds etc

    Votes: 3 20.0%
  • Flies - Fly strike infections

    Votes: 2 13.3%
  • Fowl Pox

    Votes: 1 6.7%
  • Other - please add your OTHER as a reply as well

    Votes: 6 40.0%

  • Total voters


9 Years
Jul 24, 2014
WestOak, Nebraska
With the insurgency of backyard and small flock chicken keeping, my son has decided to write a research paper on the most common diseases and pests (not predators) that flocks come up against. Could you please take a second to fill out this poll??? Thank you.
Ah I see. I suggested because my friend just spent the last 6 months dealing with a stubborn case of bumblefoot for one of her hens. It's a longer period than either of us had had to deal with for other illnesses or ailments
Noted! Thank you!

He's adding "secondary infection - due to accident or injury/predator attack". I am unable to edit the poll. But it is going in the paper.

Also going in the paper, " people who choose to let nature take it's course and not worry about any of it"

Thanks everyone! His teacher is super excited about this paper as she is planning on chickens for their family!

Keep 'em coming'!!
In turkeys and peafowl the disease I deal with most is blackhead (hisomoniasis) and the E.coli that they almost always get with it.
In chickens it's coccidiosis, Marek's, ascites, cancer and EYP.
Ducks are pretty healthy, but every now and then I get one with a bacterial infection of the intestines.
Pigeons - Canker

I am one that does everything possible to save mine.

Other: Bumblefoot. The time involved per chicken, per foot, per day, over a period of potentially months to heal is unquestionably the largest amount of time I have spent treating my chickens for anything. Bumblefoot is preventable. This did not have to happen.

Worming them doesn't take much time at all.
Newcastle is almost never an issue.

There are far more common problems in poultry. Kathy mentioned EYP as an issue. This one is HUGE. EYP accounts for more losses in 2ish year old hens than just about anything else other than predation. It is likely genetic in nature, and has not been bred out of lines used by the larger hatcheries in the US. This is a shame, but good for their business models because the affected birds have a limited life expectancy- they stop laying and die shortly thereafter. It is too bad because these birds do not die a good death. It is long, drawn out and painful for the birds as well as the keepers. I have shed more tears of sadness, anger and frustration over this issue than any other.

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