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Avian Practice
Diseases in young pheasants
  1. David Welchman

    David Welchman qualified from Cambridge in 1979. After a spell in mixed practice, he undertook a PhD at Bristol to study calf welfare. He joined the State Veterinary Service in 1985 and subsequently moved to the Veterinary Investigation Service (now the Veterinary Laboratories Agency [VLA]) as a veterinary investigation officer at Winchester. He is a member and past-chairman of the VLA's avian species group.


WITH increasing numbers of pheasants and other gamebirds being reared each year, these species are becoming a more prominent part of the workload of many veterinary practices. This article describes the diagnosis and control of the principal diseases seen in young pheasants from the time of hatching and arrival on the rearing site as day-old chicks in late spring and early summer through to release into a semi-wild environment in early autumn. A previous article on disease control in adult pheasants (Pennycott 2001) discussed the management of adult breeding pheasants and the production of fertile eggs for hatching.

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