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Blue-green Algae Poisoning
Other Names: Cyanobacteria Toxicity
Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) are incredibly toxic and known to cause poisoning in chickens, ducks, wildlife, dogs, cats, birds, fish, and even humans. Many people are unaware of the severity of the treat these toxins pose to animals, and are often overlooked. Most cases of blue-green algae poisoning occur during the summer, in fresh water sources when the water is warm (over 75°F (24°C)) and sunny.
Chickens are poisoned through ingestion of water containing toxic blue-green algae, which gives off the appearance of pea-green slime or paint on the surface. If ingested, the toxins can cause severe neurologic or liver damage.