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Chicken health and production constraints in Ethiopia

Research, led by MSc student Emmanuelle Sambo, has identified key constraints to health services and production for village chickens in Ethiopia. The study, focused on Debre Zeit, Ethiopia, included 71 poultry keepers (41 backyard and 30 semi-intensive chicken producers). Although women played an important role in backyard production systems, semi-intensive farms were more likely to … Continue reading


Infection interactions in Ethiopian village chickens

Work lead by PhD student Judy Bettridge has been published in “Preventive Veterinary Medicine”: Bettridge, J.M., Lynch, S.E., Brena, C., Melese, K., Dessie, T., Gutu, Z., Desta, T.T., Rushton, S., Hanotte, O., Kaiser, P., Wigley, P., and Christley, R.M. (2014) Infection interactions in Ethiopian village chickens. Preventive Veterinary Medicine [link] The findings highlight a number … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / Ethiopia / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

Update on CH4D socioeconomics research in Ethiopia

Zelalem Gutu and the survey group A general socioeconomic and CVM survey was conducted in 2011 in two rural areas of Ethiopia, Horro and Jarso. Data gathered during this survey time is now being analysed. Primary analysis of CVM data was completed and first draft of the work was shared to supervisors. A descriptive report … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / Disease Control / Ethiopia / ILRI / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Sample Collection

Members of the CH4D project team get together in the UK

Members of the CH4D project team got together in May for an enjoyable two day retreat in the Peak District, in Central England. Detailed discussion of current work and results is ensuring ongoing close collaboration between all partners – as well as enabling planning for further activities. Special thanks to Judy for baking delicious chicken … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / Ethiopia / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Sample Collection

Collection of CH4D chicken health and disease data is complete

  After several months of processing and cleaning, a completed database is now in use for all 1280 birds sampled by the study, complete with their health, management, disease screening and follow-up data. Serological results from the ELISA tests have been explored in order to check their quality and determine the best methods to deal … Continue reading

Animal Health / Chickens / Disease Control / Ethiopia / Laboratory / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry

CH4D project presents on infectious bursal disease

At Liverpool, as well as examining what factors make farmers more likely to report disease in their birds, we will be looking at some diseases in more detail, in order to identify potential risk factors for some of the more important diseases. We have already performed some further analyses with infectious bursal disease virus serology, … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Health / Chickens / East Africa / Ethiopia / LIVESTOCK-FISH / Poultry / Sample Collection

Update on CH4D ectoparasite study in Ethiopia

A study to identify and map the distribution of ectoparasites in scavenging chicken populations in Horro and Jarso as part of the CH4D project is now complete. The results from direct bird examinations show that indigenous breed flocks in the regions studied are infested with a diverse range of ectoparasites, including lice, mite and tick … Continue reading