Newcastle Disease has been confirmed in the Bay Area. Adobe is suspending all chicken appointments, effective today, because if a case of Newcastle’s disease is seen at our hospital, the state will close the hospital for quarantine. The state will then require us to euthanize any other chickens that were present at the same time the sick bird was seen. Euthanasia would be required even if they are not sick and we don’t want to risk the life of your chickens. We are currently working on a telemedicine option and hope to have more info for you tomorrow. Please read for more info on this disease. Our Live Chat operators and staff are available to help answer more questions.
What is Virulent or Exotic Newcastle Disease?
Virulent Newcastle disease is a reportable disease. If it is diagnosed, we must report it to the state. It is a highly contagious virus that can kill up to 100% of affected flocks. It also can be carried by and infect other birds – including wild birds and pet birds.
What should I look for in my flock? What are the symptoms?
Virulent Newcastle Disease can show up in a variety of ways. Often chickens have swelling around the eyes or discharge from their nose. They may also be unable to walk properly or look like they are twitching. Sadly, some may pass away quickly without showing symptoms. The link below is a press release from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. It contains information about the disease, what symptoms chickens may show and a sick bird hotline.
How is Virulent Newcastle Disease transmitted?
It is transmitted by respiratory secretions – aerosol – like the flu in people. It is also transmitted via feces. People who work with infected birds can carry the virus on their clothes and shoes and infect other birds.
Is Virulent Newcastle disease dangerous to other animals or people?
In countries with a high rate of infection and exposure, people can develop a transient conjunctivitis when they encounter the virus. It is not life threatening to humans, dogs or cats.
One or more of my chickens passed away and I’m concerned it might have been from Virulent Newcastle Disease, what should I do?
If several chickens in your flock pass away unexpectedly, especially if there are respiratory or neurologic signs (twitching), please submit your chicken’s body to the California Animal Health and Food Safety lab They will perform an autopsy and other tests to determine why your chicken passed away.
Follow the link below for submission information, cost and form. Select the Back Yard Poultry Flock Submission Form. The recommendation is to send the body to the TURLOCK LAB.
CAHFS – Turlock Laboratory 1550 Soderquist Rd. Turlock, CA 95381 Phone: (209) 634-5837 Fax: (209) 667-4261 email@example.com
If several of your birds are sick or pass away unexpectedly, please call the California Department of Food and Agriculture Sick Bird Hotline:
Sick Bird Hotline (866) 922-2473
Why won’t Adobe see chickens right now?
Adobe is not seeing chickens right now because if a case of Newcastle’s disease is seen at our hospital, the state will close the hospital for quarantine. The state will require us to euthanize any other chickens that were present at the same time the sick bird was seen.
My chicken is really sick and suffering I think she needs to be put to sleep.
If you think your chicken needs to be put down, you can come to Adobe. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR BIRD INTO THE HOSPITAL. Let us know when you arrive. We will come to your car, assess the situation and can humanely euthanize the bird in the car.
What should I do if my chicken is sick?
Please call us and we will see what kind of advice we can give over the phone. We are working on a telemedicine option but it is not ready yet.
My chicken isn’t sick, she was attacked by a dog and has large wounds. What can you do to help her?
We will try to help you over the phone. If you bring your chicken to Adobe we can look at her in your car. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR BIRD INTO THE HOSPITAL. The veterinary staff will wear disposable gowns and gloves. We can provide advice, limited care and medication. If the wounds are extensive or we all feel the hen is suffering, we can humanely put her to sleep.