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|However, there are diseases that can
cause serious problems and expense to your poultry enterprise because poultry
diseases are numerous, and easily spread.
A disease by definition is a deviation from normal health. The effects of disease can range from reduced production, loss of energy, to death. Diseases can be infectious (contagious) or non infectious. Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic pathogens (germs). In backyard poultry there are four main classes of pathogens: viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. Parasites can be internal as with worms & protozoa (coccidian) or external as with mites and lice.
|There are numerous poultry diseases that are easily spread and can cause serious problems to your poultry enterprise.
| What are the
four main classes of pathogens (germs) that cause poultry disease?
a) rodents, hand sanitizer, biology 101, antibiotics
b) soap, water, disinfectant, dirt
c) viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites
d) vehicle tires, your neighbor, dirty clothing, dirty shoes
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