Chicken Health Tips
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Chicken sneezing is an unusual and silly sound. It's okay to crack a smile every once in a while and take a picture. Then again, if they sneeze consistently more than usual, could something be wrong? In this article, we will examine why chickens sneeze, when to be concerned, and how to prevent it.
Sometimes in chicken-keeping, things happen that no one expects. It could be a sudden disease, a squabble between birds causing injuries, or even a predator attack that leaves your birds wounded and weak. For your birds, having certain supplies on hand could make the difference between a recovery and a loss.
Marek’s disease is one of the most ubiquitous avian infections; it is identified in chicken flocks worldwide. Every flock, except those maintained under strict pathogen-free environments, has the potential to be infected. It is an incredibly common disease! Here are some ways to prevent this disease.
Wry neck is a condition that is often referred to as “crook neck” and it typically affects ducklings and baby chicks, although adult birds can suffer from it if they are being fed an incorrect diet. Birds with the disorder cannot hold their heads up on their own and as it progressively gets worse, affected birds start to fall over or lie on their backs unable to walk freely on their own. In this article we explore this illness.
Many medications are more effective when given orally instead of in the water, especially when a bird is ill because an ill bird is unlikely to drink enough medicated water. The oral administration of liquid medications in poultry and other fowl is very easy to do, and when giving small quantities, it is very safe if the proper procedure is followed.
Finding a trained poultry veterinarian or any vet who will agree to treat chickens is extremely difficult. Chickens offer cues when they are starting to get sick. Common signs of a sick chicken include: hiding, inactivity, unusual droppings, unusual posture, lack of appetite and reduced egg production. This article covers basic guidelines to follow when caring for your sick chicken without a vet.
Sexual dimorphism is the differences in appearance between males and females of the same species, such as color, shape, size and structure. They are created by the inheritance of sex-linked genes responding to varying amounts of sex hormones, like testosterone. This results in the same genotypes (genetics) producing different phenotypes (appearances), depending on sex. There are some things to look for to ‘know before they crow’.
Egg eating can be frustrating and worrying for first time chicken owners. Where are all your eggs going? Why are your hens full of egg yolk? They wouldn't eat their own eggs would they? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Sometimes hens eat their eggs as a result of lack of protein, or it could just be caused by curious hens taking a peck or two at their eggs, then getting the taste for raw egg.
Cleaning the coop is definitely a time-consuming chore. You get all sweaty raking out old bedding and putting down the new, but it's all worth it, right? I think that cleaning out your coop often is important for the overall health of your flock, as it prevents the buildup of ammonia from chicken poop. There's also plenty of products out there that will make the cleaning of your coop easier, and make the end result much better. So, let's head down to the coop and get cleaning!
Tar and particular types of clay have been used in the treatment of wounds for many years. In the days of wooden sailing ships during a sea battle a shrapnel injury, or a limb removed by flying debris sometimes got cauterized with a burning taper and had tar slapped over the wound to seal it. Tar in various forms is still used today to seal wounds in livestock and mud is still used in places where modern medicines aren’t available.
You cannot hatch a perfect chick from an imperfect egg. To get a perfect egg, you need to start with good husbandry practices and continue with correct feeding, supplying the building blocks needed by the hen to produce an egg that will in turn provide everything needed by the developing embryo to grow into a perfect, complete chick. If something is missing or done incorrectly, there are going to be problems. This article will break down the causes of chick deformities and mortality.
Don't we always try to prevent problems before they start? When we start to feel a tickle in our throat we immediately start taking medicine and drinking tons of water. We don't like getting sick. Chickens don't either. Apple cider vinegar and garlic are natural remedies to help prevent illnesses. They are both filled with vitamins and nutrients. Let's take a look at each one and how it will keep your flock healthy.
Valbazen (albendazole), is a benzimidazole anthelmintic that is used extra-label (off-label) in poultry, waterfowl, and game birds. Albendazole is one of the more effective dewormers at killing most species of worms that infect poultry, waterfowl, and game birds. It is effective against roundworms, capillary worms, cecal worms, gizzard worms, gapeworms, and possibly some species of tapeworms. This article explains how to give liquid medications orally.
As humans became ‘civilized’ and water and cleansing agents became widely available, bathing in water became more commonplace and to some extent the purpose of bathing forgotten. Because we now have clothes to protect us from our environment, the condition of our skin with regard to protecting us from our environment, has become of secondary importance. This hasn’t been the case for the chicken. The purpose of bathing for the chicken is primarily for the conditioning of skin and feathers.
Mites are evil little creatures that can drain your poor flock of the will to even be active. Mites can drink chicken blood, eat feathers, and sap energy from your birds, which is why they are so harmful to your flock. Here are some methods for finding and eradicating an infestation of mites.
Vent Gleet is characterized by fouling of the feathers with poo, urates and exudate, (mucus) around the vent, and a sometimes an evil, nasty smelling discharge. Initially swelling and reddening of the mucosa is seen, progressing to ulceration affecting the vent and continuing a short distance into the cloaca, this may be covered with a yellow diptheritic membrane, another words, the infection may also cause a red and/or swollen vent which may bleed. Let us show you how to spot and treat it!
Ammonia is naturally produced in poultry droppings and has a very pungent smell. Besides the challenge of a smelly coop, did you know that ammonia levels could build up in your coop without proper ventilation especially during the winter months when it is cold outside and everyone wants to close the chickens up inside the coop for warmth? Did you know that ammonia is an invisible, water-soluble, colorless alkaline gas and is listed as a toxic substance by the ATSDR?
Frostbite in chickens is a common problem that has affected many flocks. However, there are simple steps you can take to avoid and prevent frostbite, and, in the event that your bird does develop some frostbite, there are ways you can treat it to get it to heal or prevent it from becoming worse.