Infectious Process/Inflammatory Process, commonly known as IP, is a form of cellulitis in which inflammation occurs between the skin and muscle tissue. Before IP can be controlled, it is important to understand the underlying factors that contribute to the condition. One common factor among IP incidents is injury to the skin. The skin is the first line of defense against bacterial infections. It is generally accepted that most cases of IP are a result of a scratch or other injury that produces a... skin tear allowing bacterial infections to form. While several organisms have been found associated with these lesions, E. coli are the bacteria most commonly found. The key to preventing this condition from developing is to manage birds in a way that reduces scratching and to maintain environmental conditions that minimize bacterial challenge from the litter. In this poultry tip are some common management procedures that can be taken to help prevent IP.