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Grouse General Information

At Sandhill Veterinary Services we aim to help our clients produce healthy grouse by offering a range of laboratory-based services including worm counts, worm egg counts and post-mortem examination of carcasses. We can then give advice as required.
We undertake post mortem examinations when sudden mortality or birds in poor condition are found or can provide routine check-ups to monitor parasite levels in the gut.  
Bird samples 
When bringing in samples for testing or post mortem, the accuracy of the results very much depends on the quality of sample provided by the client. It is therefore crucial to select samples carefully and get it promptly to the practice. If in doubt, contact the practice to confirm which birds or samples to select.  
When bringing birds for post mortem in to us, we need details of the age of the bird and any other relevant details.   
When packaging birds for transport by carrier– cool the birds before packing if possible, then wrap in paper (newspaper will do) to absorb excess moisture. Then place in a plastic bag, then in a box. An ice or cool pack will help to keep the birds cool.  Always ask for a before 1pm delivery.

Faeces samples 

Faeces being tested for worm egg levels should be as fresh as possible. They should be selected from different areas so that samples are obtained from a number of different birds.
Sample pots are available from the practice. Please fill your sample pots to at least half full. We will thoroughly mix the faeces then use 2g of this to carry out the test. This mixed sample will provide a more typical count of the moor as a whole.
Please ensure pots are clearly marked with your name and the moor, or area of the moor,  so that the results can be accurately reported back to you. Ensure pots are securely packaged and posted the same day that the sample was taken, posted first class and any Royal Mail regulations complied with (correct postage please!). Please avoid posting samples on a Friday or Saturday as samples may sit in the sorting office over the weekend!

Grouse intestines  

We carry out Trichostrongylus worm counts on grouse intestines to monitor worm levels. In order to carry out the count, we need the whole intestine of each grouse with both the caecae attached. If we receive a bag with numerous intestines and with the caecae detached, we cannot be sure we are testing different birds. If intestines cannot be sent in immediately they are obtained, they should be frozen and brought to the practice when convenient.  
Please ensure samples are clearly marked with your name, contact number, age of birds and area the sample was taken.


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