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close this bookEthnoveterinary Medicine in Asia - Poultry (IIRR, 1994, 40 p.)
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Reduced appetite


· Refusal to eat.
· Listlessness-not active, do not forage.
· No gain in weight.


· Illness.
· Bad food or water.
· Overcrowding, poultry house and surroundings are too hot or too cold.
· Disease which causes sores in the mouth.
· Worm infestation.

See section on Heat stress.


· Clean the surroundings.
· Do not overcrowd the birds
· Ensure Poultry house is comfortable.

(See Housing)

· Avoid sudden chances in diet.
· Provide fresh, clean and wholesome food.


· Change the diet.

· If the birds show additional symptoms such as those of diarrhea or coughs and colds, see section on these diseases for the proper treatments.

· Feed meat scraps, especially chopped liver, to stimulate the appetite. Meat stimulates the birds' digestive system.

· Give water from fresh, tender coconuts as the only source of drinking water for a few days until the appetite returns to normal.

· Use any of the remedies given below. All dosages are for 10 adult birds and are to be mixed fresh every morning with the feed for the day. If the appetite of the birds still does not improve after three days of treatment, seek professional help.

-Crush 3-4 cloves of garlic and add to the feed. (India)
-Crush 10-15 curry (Murraya koenigii) leaves and add to feed.
-Scrape 10 g of ginger rhizome and mix with feed.
-Chop 5 chills (Capsicum annum) and mix with feed.