Manual of Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery by Guy Poland, Aidan Raftery November 2019, The aim of this new manual is to provide good quality information to help veterinarians provide the level of care to backyard birds that clients expect and deserve.
Manual of Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery
There has been a resurgence in the number of people keeping backyard poultry and they will often be seen as much loved pets. When a backyard bird becomes ill, therefore, their owner expects access to caring and competent veterinary care, often with an expectation that such care should meet the standard on offer to their dog or cat. The manual covers chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl, ornamental pheasants and peafowl.
Unfortunately, the veterinary profession has, in places, struggled to live up to this expectation. There are three main reasons for this. First, whilst backyard poultry are considered as pets, their ability to produce safe food (especially in the case of laying chickens) remains a key part of their value to their owners, and this is frequently a source of conflict in treatment terms.
Secondly, many practitioners have been unwilling to treat pet poultry due to their lack of knowledge and, thirdly, traditional poultry medicine is geared at treating the flock rather than the individual bird, whilst the knowledge base required to treat pet poultry as individuals is based on treating companion parrots and exhibit birds in zoos.
It is the aim of this new Manual of Backyard Poultry Medicine and Surgery to bring together commercial poultry veterinary surgeons and their flock-based knowledge with companion avian veterinary surgeons and their knowledge of the individual diagnostics, supportive care, medicine and surgery of individual birds, to provide good quality information to help general practitioners provide the level of care to backyard birds that clients expect and deserve.
In turn, it is hoped that the help and guidance that this manual provides will make treating backyard poultry more interesting and rewarding, and therefore encourage more practitioners to develop the skills and knowledge to provide a high level of medical care for feathered patients!