As the keeping of backyard poultry becomes ever more popular, it is important that practitioners develop an understanding of disease management and control in these birds, particularly given the free-ranging nature of many of these flocks and the fact that some products will be destined for human consumption. This article describes the conditions affecting backyard poultry, highlighting the options for the treatment and prevention of those problems most likely to be seen in practice. An article published in the March issue of In Practice (volume 34, pages 136–145) described the husbandry and general management of small flocks.
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