Thursday, July 14, 2016

Call for participants in lead and salmonella study, and free necropsies!

I am working on some exciting research this year, primarily looking into lead exposure and salmonella in backyard chickens, AND also starting to collect some data on what might be killing our birds by offering free basic necropsies for birds that die of unknown causes.  SO, first of all, if you keep chickens in the greater Boston area and would like to participate in the lead and salmonella research, please see the flyer below for more info.

Secondly, for those of you in Somerville, there is another student from Tufts who is working on some backyard chickens research this year, so please check out her study as well.  The questionnaire/google form survey can be found here, and here is her info:
"Hi all! My name is Sydney Giacalone, and I am a rising senior at Tufts University studying Food Systems through Anthropology and Environmental Studies. This summer, I'm conducting research on chicken keeping in Somerville and the Boston area, and I'd love your help. If you have chickens, please fill out this quick 10 minute questionnaire. All info shared will be kept private, and I would love to have you participate. I am happy to provide more information about my project (via or 434-825-5406), and thank you so much for getting involved!"

Finally, if you are in the greater Boston area (including west towards Worchester) and have a bird that has died - even if you think you know the cause - and would be willing to donate the body for our research, we would be glad to come pick it up and add that one more piece to the puzzle of backyard chicken illnesses.  Please email as soon as possible with the time of death, breed, age, health history to whatever extent it is known (including any vaccinations), and any notable changes in behavior or other symptoms within the previous days and weeks, and we will coordinate pickup within 48 hours of death.  In the meantime the body will need to be kept cool but not frozen (refrigerator, or even a cool basement should be fine).  Thank you so much for helping us gain the knowledge to better diagnose and treat our beloved birds!