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Domestic Poultry Services offered by the Practice include:

Worm egg counts

Worm infestations can affect a bird’s performance and in mild infestations no other signs are likely to be seen. Heavy infestation may result in anaemia, weight loss, stunted growth in young birds and even death. We recommend that all laying birds are treated for worms at regular intervals that depend on the type of accommodation and the number of birds in the flock. If a worm infestation is suspected at other times, worm egg counts on faeces are recommended and routine counts can be arranged where these are felt to be beneficial. Sample pots for faeces are available from the practice.


Coccidiosis, a disease caused by an internal parasite, appears to be endemic in the poultry population with nearly all young birds having some signs when their faeces are microscopically examined. With higher levels of the parasite present clinical disease can occur and should be considered when cases of diarrhoea are seen in young birds. Routine coccidial oocyst counts can be arranged where circumstances suggest that these would be beneficial. Worm egg counts and coccidial oocyst counts can be done using the same sample of faeces.

Post Mortem Examinations

If any birds die they can give valuable information on the disease status of the whole flock. Dead birds must be submitted to the laboratory in a fresh condition and certainly within 24 hours of death. They should be stored in refrigerated conditions (not frozen) until they can be brought to the practice.


Whilst there may be effective drugs to combat bacterial and parasitic diseases there are no anti-viral agents available. With all diseases, prevention is better than cure and with virus diseases this is particularly so. Any vaccination programme in domestic poultry flocks needs to be tailored to the circumstances in which the flock is kept.

Disease Diagnosis

We offer a diagnostic service including laboratory tests where necessary. 
Clients should telephone in advance to make an appointment to see the veterinary surgeon.

Routine Medications

Routine medications can be supplied only to clients whose birds are under our care.
They include electrolytes, electrolytes plus multi vitamins, multi vitamins, worming preparations and disinfectants.


We are able to offer an extensive advisory facility for domestic poultry. Notes on some of the more common diseases are available on this website.


  Sandhill Veterinary Services 14 Long Street, Topcliffe YO7 3RW telephone 01845 578710 fax 01845 577685 email