Diseases, Parasites and Vices

Diseases 

During the first three months mortality rates can be as high as 30-40% and disease control measures should be put in place.

In semi intensive system of production, care should be taken to reduce vulnerability by;

  • Improved hygiene trough disinfection through use foot baths.
  • Control of human traffic.
  • Routine vaccination.
  • Observation and early treatment of diseases

However, even with control measure in place diseases may occur. The common ones being:

 

Diseases

Ostrich Diseases

Parasites

Ecto parasites. The main types include: Mites, Ticks, Large flies.

Control: 

  • Spraying is done once a year using recommended acaricides.Frequent   spraying is not encouraged because of residual effects of the acaricides.

Endo Parasites. Tapeworms are prevalent in birds under semi intensive system of production.

Control:

  • Routine and regular deworming

Vices 

Cannibalism and pecking

Control:

  • Provision of adequate nutrient supplementation
  • Treatment of injuries using antibiotic sprays.