Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Talking about birds - Urban Chickens

Backyard poultry is becoming very popular in the last few years. This is because chickens are not only great pets but they also provide eggs and/or meat depending on the owner. However, there are two important things to remember: 1) the increase close contact between people and chickens increases the risk of zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted to people); and 2) poor husbandry could lead to poor pet care (e.g. infectious diseases, malnutrition, behavioral issues, exposure to predators and environmental conditions).

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Two of the most important zoonotic diseases of poultry in the USA are salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information about zoonotic diseases. As always, a good source of information is the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( Among diseases affecting poultry, some of the more common diseases are mycoplasmosis, fowl cholera, fowl pox and coccidiosis. Something important to remember is that poultry can become carriers for some of these diseases after recovering from it. Therefore, when new birds are introduced into an established flock, they may bring serious diseases with them. So please, remember to isolate new individuals before introducing them into the collection as well as contacting your vet for advice and test that can be run before introduction.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Amicalola deer park

We had a great day at Amicalola Deer Park. Amicalola Deer Park is located in Dawsonville, GA. We performed physical examination on all of the dogs at the park. There were 4 Great Pyrenees and 4 wolf hybrids. The director at the park told us that they use the wolf hybrids for marking the perimeter with urine to keep away smaller wild predators away from the park.

The park is amazing as well as their spirit to help the community. Other animals at the park are: goats, llamas, emus and, of course, tons of deer. There are also some potbellied pigs and two ponnies!


There are three deer species at the park: fallow, sika and white tailed deer. Of which, fallow deer clearly outnumber the other two deer species.

I will share more details soon about the park and their residents!