As veterinarians, we accept that backyard poultry feels pain. Anaesthesia and analgesia must be used carefully to alleviate suffering and reduce stress in patients. Backyard poultry are prey species and susceptible to the negative effects of excessive stress. There are numerous procedures (e.g. radiography, blood sample collection) where anaesthesia may be used to simply reduce the stress associated with handling, even though the procedure is not painful.

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VetNews January 2024 - A Basic Introduction to Backyard Poultry Medicine – Part 3 of 3: Analgesia, Anaesthesia, and Euthanasia