Author: Alex Royden

“We must improve pet poultry services…”

“We must improve pet poultry services” Owners often struggle to access healthcare of pet poultry, but during the avian influenza outbreak, these birds have been neglected further by veterinary practices, argue Henrietta Kodilinye-Sims and Alex Royden (PHS Lead Vet (Northwest)). This must be addressed both in the short term and for future provision of care:… Read more »

Game Site Assessments and Assurance Schemes

With a vast array of assessments and assurance schemes now available for game bird sites, the PHS game bird vets have put together this handy guide to help you choose the best one for you. You can also view a larger version of the guide, here. For more information and to speak to a game… Read more »

How farmers can achieve better broiler leg health

Broilers are bred to be fast-growing, with average daily liveweight gains of about 68g and final kill weights typically exceeding 2.8kg, according to Aviagen Ross 308 performance objectives. This makes them susceptible to leg health issues, which are estimated to reduce profits by 10-40%. Vet Marie Menniti of Poultry Health Services, Edinburgh says it’s difficult… Read more »

Avian Influenza Paperwork for Game Farmers

In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), PHS’s Lead Gamebird Vet, William Ingham, explains that whilst Avian Influenza is a devastating disease, and we are continuing to see cases in the UK, by ensuring your business and birds are registered, you can make control of the disease… Read more »

How to make next season the best ever on your shoot

In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), PHS’s Lead Gamebird Vet, William Ingham, explains that now that the dust has settled and you’ve had time to take stock on last season, it is time to look ahead to next season – what can you do now to… Read more »

The pros and cons of catching up

In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), PHS’s Lead Gamebird Vet, William Ingham, explains that whilst many shoots catch up at the end of the shooting season to provide breeding stock for the rearing season ahead, there’s a good argument against it. Click here to read the blog post…. Read more »

Why animal welfare is key to good shoot management

In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), Beth Sales MRCVS, writes about her first 6 months working as a poultry and gamebird vet and explains why she believes that shooting and ethical eating go hand in hand, so long as good animal husbandry and game bird welfare… Read more »

Avian Influenza Outbreak 2021: What does this mean for gamebirds?

In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), PHS’s Lead Vet in the Northwest, Alex Royden, explains what the current outbreak of Avian Influenza in the UK means for the game bird industry. Click here to read the blog post. If you have any questions or would like to discuss… Read more »

The Game Vet’s Case Book – The 2021 Rearing Season

In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), PHS’s Lead Gamebird Vet, Will Ingham, has been looking back at the 2021 rearing season and highlights some trends and interesting cases. Click here to read the blog post. If you have any questions or would like to discuss game bird health… Read more »

Game bird health: what new tools will be on offer next season?

The impact of COVID-19 has meant that many new veterinary products have only had a real chance to be tried at full scale this year, so now we have a better idea how to make them useful. In the latest ‘The Expert View’ blog post on ShootHub by GunsOnPegs (sponsored by PHS), PHS’s Lead Gamebird… Read more »