Keeping a few chooks out the back for a regular supply of fresh eggs and meat is a time-honoured undertaking in country Australia. At the other end of the spectrum, huge operations turn the production of chicken meat and eggs into an industrial process to cope with an ever increasing demand from consumers.
The veterinary care and health issues that might affect the backyard chook are vastly different to the problems that might arise in even the most efficiently and well run commercial operations.
In this selection of articles we cover, as far as is possible, both ends of the spectrum. For the backyard poultry keeper or the breed fancier we look at the the health, housing and feeding of chooks, with a nod to ducks and geese.
For the commercial poultry producer there is some information on the major diseases and management issues that can affect large flocks.