Avian influenza (AI) is a highly contagious viral infection that may cause up to 100% mortality in domestic chickens or turkeys. The disease is caused by a virus that belongs to the family Orthomyxoviridae.
gg drop syndrome (EDS) is caused by a viral infection in laying hens. It is characterised by production of soft-shelled and shell-less eggs in apparently healthy birds, and leads to a sudden drop (10-40%) in recorded egg production
Pecking is the natural means by which poultry investigate their surroundings and establish a stable social order, however, this behavior can escalate to the stage where birds will literally peck each other to death (cannibalism)