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Pet Poultry

We regret but from 15 June 2017 we  are no longer seeing new bird patients. We will continue to see existing birds  for simple procedures such as beak and nail care and wing clipping.




Chickens are descendants of the Red Jungle Fowl from South East Asia and India. They make great pets - with the added benefit of the odd fresh egg! There are many breeds to choose from, those for meat and eggs and the show breeds. Here at Village Vets we see plenty of chickens and also other species of poultry such as turkeys and quail. 

Poultry Problems

Whilst they make great pets, poultry also take up a lot of time - they need a good diet, places to roam and perch and areas to scratch. Poultry are also highly social and can suffer if left without company of others of the same species. They are also quite prone to territorial aggression and predators so you must ensure that their housing is sufficiently large and secure.

We are very happy to advise you on the correct housing, diet and exercise requirements of your pet birds and can provide you with information sheets should you require them. Requirements can vary greatly depending on the species you have chosen to keep. We stock a range of suitable diets for our avian patients to prevent health problems.


Common problems we see in poultry are often associated with incorrect housing or diet, such things include:

  • Obesity
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Egg binding and egg peritonitis
  • Joint problems
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies and metabolic disease
  • Behavioural problems
    • Aggression towards other birds
    • Vent pecking and feather pecking
    • General feather loss
    • Abnormal or inappropriate laying or egg pecking
  • Toxins (lead and zinc)
  • Injuries
  • Predation and other pests
  • Parasites, bacterial, fungal or viral infections


Please note: In the UK, poultry are legally classified as food producing species which means:

  • Flocks of more than 50 birds need to be registered with DEFRA.
  • Ideally, you should keep a record of any medicines you give to your birds (date, amount, product, batch number).
  • It is ILLEGAL to feed your pets table scraps or other human foods due to the risk of disease.
  • If you eat or sell meat or eggs from your birds you must tell us as there are certain medications we cannot use or you would never be able to sell or eat products from treated birds again.
  • When your pet birds has died you are not allowed to bury their remains. These must be cremated to avoid the risk of disease spreading. We are happy to assist if required.



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Poultry Consultations

During consultations, questions we will ask about your bird include:


Parasites and Infections:

  • Has your bird ever been tested, or treated for worms or other parasites?
    • What did you use?
    • How much did you use?
    • How long did you use it for?
  • Is your pet vaccinated?
    • Against what diseases?
    • What product was used?
    • When was this done?
    • Is the whole flock vaccinated?



  • Is your bird kept in a shed, coop or always free-range?
    • Does your bird have access to the outside?
    • How often?
    • How large is its housing
    • What is it made from?
    • How many nest boxes are there?
  • How many other birds are housed with it?
    • Are they the same breed or other breeds?
  • What do you have on the floor of the cage?
  • Are there other birds (wild or pet) or other animals that have access to the same areas?



  • What do you feed your bird?
    • How much?
    • If using a mix, how much of each component is there? (As a percentage)
    • Do you feed your bird inside or outside?
    • How often is the feed changed?
    • How do you give water to your pet and is anything ever added to it?
  • Do you use a calcium supplement?
    • Which one?
    • How often and how do you give it?
    • How much do you give?
    • When did you start giving this?
    • Do you give your bird grit or shells?
  • Have you noticed that your bird has been drinking a lot?
    • If possible, please bring a urine sample with you.


If your bird is female:

  • Has you bird being laying eggs?
    • How many?
    • For how long?
    • Is there anything unsual about their colour, shape or size?


The above list does not indicate approval of these methods nor disapproval of things not included in the list, this depends very much on which species you are keeping. Our practice DOES NOT sell any of the above equipment and DOES NOT have any association with pet shops who may sell it. Advice and opinions are given on a case by case basis, we advise people to do some research themselves.

Diagnostic Testing in Birds

Very often we need to take x-rays and blood tests of birds. There are many reasons why this may be necessary and you can fine out more information on our laboratory testing page. All these costs add up and we advise clients to look at insurance for their birds. Look at exotic direct:

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Contact the practice directly if you require an emergency appointment during opening hours. If you need help urgently out of hours, please refer to the emergency veterinary cover list. Our out of hours cover for birds is provided by


Opening Hours

Monday        09.00 - 18.00

Tuesday       09.00 - 18.00

Wednesday   09.00 - 18.00

Thursday      09.00 - 18.00

Friday           09.00 - 18.00

Saturday       09.00 - 12.00

Village Vets Centre Ltd

65 Quarry St  


L25 6EZ

Tel.: 0151 428 8600


In case of emergency, please call:

Tel.: 0151 428 8600

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