Keeping your chickens healthy healthy and safe can be easy. With a little daily care; safe, clean living environments; a well designed coop; fresh food and water, and a few preventative measures your flock should thrive and live a long, happy life. But occasionally, even the most diligent chicken keeper can experience sickness or injury in their flock.
It can be hard to find veterinary care for chickens. Many vets don’t work with poultry so chicken keepers must rely on sites like Community Chickens to help diagnose and treat sickness and ailments.
Many chicken keepers must do their own research and become self taught “home vets” for their own flock. Hopefully this guide will help our readers to prevent, diagnose, and treat common ailments with chickens. I’ve also included posts on chicken anatomy.
The second part of this post deals with common predators to chickens, how to identify them and how to keep your chickens safe from attack.
In chicken keeping, it’s always best to use preventative measures. Being proactive will help reduce the amount of illness and injury in your flock. A little daily care goes a long way. Here are posts for preventing many common ailments before they become a problem in your flock.
Even the best kept chickens can experience health problems. Learn to identify changes in your flock early and educate yourself on a variety of symptoms.
Bio-security is very important. As chicken keeping is continuing as a growing trend, it’s important to keep outside viruses, bacteria and parasites from entering your flock. Proper quarantine of new birds, and standards about who is allowed to walk in your coop should be established to keep diseases from other flocks spreading to your birds.
Chickens are subject to quite a few internal and external parasites. They can get lice, mites and worms to name a few. Here are a few posts to keep parasite infection at a minimum with your flock.
Chickens are pretty self sufficient when it comes to grooming. They will stay fairly clean if the coop is tidied on a regular basis. They also keep their feathers in tip top shape by daily sand baths and the annual moult. Occasionally humans can step in and offer additional cleaning or care. Learn about chicken grooming in the following posts.
Products and Supplements
Learn about different tried and true products that can help keep your flock healthy and free of parasites. Also, learn to put together a first-aid-kit so you have what you need on hand should an injury occur.
Learn about homemade remedies for preventing and treating common chicken ailments.
Facts or Myth?
There’s a lot of information out there about healthcare for chickens. Learn what’s myth and what is fact in the following posts.
Knowledge is key to a healthy flock. Learn about the different body parts of your chickens, how feathers work, how eggs are laid, and much, much more!
Unfortunately, in the natural world, chickens are relatively low on the food chain. Almost every wild carnivore is able to make a meal out of a chicken. In the following posts learn how to identify predators around your coop and in your area, learn how to protect your chickens from attacks and even how to deal emotionally with loss, should your chickens be victimized.
Chickens and Dogs
It’s not only wild animals that can be a threat to your flock, sometimes family pets like cats and dogs can harm chickens. Learn how to keep your flock safe from domestic animals.