Common Chicken Health Problems And Chicken Illnessess
When you have a flock of chickens in your backyard, you need to know how to prevent and recognize common chicken health problems and chicken illnesses.
So, you have come home from work and you run out to take a quick peek at your chickens and make sure they are doing ok. As you are taking care of business, filling feeders and waterers and maybe cleaning up a little, you notice one of your hens hanging out in the chicken coop while the rest of the flock is outside. You watch her a little more closely to see if she is sick or maybe just broody. How do you know?
Chickens are pretty hale and hearty birds when kept under ideal conditions. But, even when kept in ideal conditions, you can still have chicken illnesses, parasite infestations and injuries.
The two keys to preventing common chicken health problems and chicken illnesses from taking hold are to provide dry, draft proof housing and conduct regular checks on your chickens. Solid chicken housing will help prevent some of the most common chicken health problems. Chicken coops that are drafty, that leak or that are not clean can lead to a whole host of problem. Regular observation of your flock will allow you to be able to quickly identify and resolve any chicken illnesses that crop up.
What are the signs that you have a sick chicken or sick chickens.
- Make sure your flock is busily scratching around their area.
- Any chickens that are not moving around need to be watched.
- Are any chickens holding their wings or tail down?
- Make sure they are all breathing normally.
- Look for any discharge from the eyes or nasal passages.
- Check any odd looking chickens for parasites.
What do you do if you notice that a chicken or several of your chickens appear to be ill?
- Capture and isolate any chickens that look sick as quickly as possible. Separating them from the rest of the flock is vital to helping prevent the spread of any illnesses.
- Consult a vet in your area if you are not sure what the problem is. Birds tend to hide illnesses so chances are that by the time you notice you have a problem, it may be too late to save the bird.
- Take precautions so that you do not spread the illness yourself. Change your shoes and clothes when you leave the area your sick chicken or chickens are being kept in. Do not go around your well chickens without putting on different clothes and thoroughly washing your hands.
Common chicken health problems and chicken illnesses can quickly get out of hand if they are not handled quickly. Your whole flock can be affected and in some cases, it can result in the death of a lot of your birds.
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