• Abstract

    A survey was carried out to evaluate the incidence of gastrointestinal parasites in indigenous(desi) fowl in southern India's hot, humid tropical region of Puducherry. A total of sixty gastrointestinal tracts (GIT) desi fowl were collected from different retail chicken shops. The GIT was cut open and screened for the presence of any parasites. The faecal sample was collected and examined by direct microscopy, floatation, and sedimentation technique for the presence of parasitic ova, oocysts, etc. The overall incidence of GI parasites in desi fowl was 76.66%. The parasites commonly encountered were Ascaridia spp. (20%), Capillaria spp. (11.66%), Strongyloides spp. (1.66%) in nematodes (33.33%), Raillietina spp. (10%) in cestodes (10%), Eimeria spp. (33.33%) in protozoa, and mixed infection of 16.66%. Thus, results indicated a high prevalence of GI parasites in desi fowl, emphasizing the need to develop a strategic control programme and improve management practices of backyard poultry.

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Gunda, S. R., D’souza, N. M., Das, S. S., Cattavarayane, M., & Christopher, A. F. B. (2022). Incidence of gastrointestinal helminth parasites in <em>Gallus gallus domesticus</em> (Indigenous fowl) in a hot-humid tropical environment. Applied Veterinary Research, 1(3), 2022013. https://doi.org/10.31893/avr.2022013
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