Information on ILT
At our Chickens 101, a local veterinarian spoke about steps for keeping hens healthy. Here is a little more information about a condition that hens can sometimes get.
ILT or Infectious Laryngotracheitis is a provincially reportable disease. The disease is caused by a herpes virus and results in upper respiratory signs. More information on the disease can be found here:
The recommended vaccine for ILT is of tissue culture origin and is available through a poultry services company in Airdrie via your veterinarian.
The decision whether to vaccinate or not should be made in consultation with your veterinarian and will depend on a number of factors including whether you will be showing/travelling with your birds, how many people will be exposed to your birds etc..
We've posted a (non-exhaustive) list of resources for the use of participants in Edmonton's Urban Hens Pilot Project. Other resources we should add? Let us know! (updated to add list of vets interested in looking after chickens!)