Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

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Western Australia, Fowl pox, cattle raising, Kimberleys cattle, Rice growing, Beehive Registration, Salt tolerant plants, Blowfly strike

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Fowl pox: Could you please advise me how to cure a disease which has affected many birds in my flock of pullets during the past two weeks? The birds were hatched in July last and commenced laying three months ago in December when they were 5 1/2 months of age. They reached a 60 per cent, lay three weeks ago and I thought I was set for a good season but now their production has dropped to a 30 per cent, level, presumably as a result of this disease. Several birds have died and many more are looking very sick with swollen eyes and running nostrils. Some of the birds seem to breathe through their mouths and others, although they look healthy, have scabs on their combs. Second season birds in the adjoining pen are not affected.

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