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Diseases of small poultry flocks

Many diseases can affect your small poultry flock. Practicing biosecurity and proper management can help keep birds healthy. If you suspect disease in your flock, consult with a veterinarian or the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory.

Preventing disease spread in small flocks (videos)

Common diseases



Small poultry flocks may be affected by a multitude of parasites. It is important to determine which one your flock has and design your response plan specifically for that parasite. 


Authors: Robert Porter, Extension poultry specialist, and  Saad Gharaibeh, poultry pathologist, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Reviewed in 2021

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