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Sick Chickens? Spot the Symptoms [Infographic]

Keep this graphic handy so you can diagnose illness when you spot symptoms in your flock.

By Lesa Wilke

When it comes to your chickens’ health, providing a safe, clean, predator-proof environment for your flock and making sure they have access to nutritious feed and fresh water go a long way. However, despite the steps you take to ensure good health, it’s still a good idea to monitor your chickens daily for symptoms of illness.

As prey animals, chickens are very good at hiding illness to avoid appearing weak, which can cause them to be targeted for pecking or attack. It’s critical to watch your flock diligently and deal with any changes in appearance or behavior immediately. 

Another way to ensure your chickens’ health is to practice biosecurity. Chickens are very susceptible to a multitude of diseases that spread rapidly through a flock once introduced, so restrict outsider access to your property and your birds. Recently obtained poultry could also carry disease, so always buy chickens from reputable sources and quarantine them for several weeks before introducing them to the flock. Also be sure to carefully clean anything that might have come in contact with other poultry, including your boots or clothing, before allowing contact with your flock. 

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I have seen village chickens kept as free range suffering from certain disorders and the symptoms are: less movement, sitting most of the times, eyes sleepy and after loger period will eventually blind, away from food and water, loss of apetite and sometimes result in deaths prbably due to hunger. it was also noticed more on chichkens when they are kept in doors compared to free ranging birds. sometimes might respond to application of doses of juice (water+sugar), doses of asprin, these are local, trial error methods. Please explain what could be the cause and suggest remedies.
McDonnell Hiva, International
Posted: 1/25/2016 4:31:20 PM
Sometimes my older hens poop doesn't come out formed and solid it looks like it just ran down her back end. After a while I saw a slit on her bottom and it was full of maggots. I cleaned her bottom good and washed all the maggots out then I put an antibiotic on the affected area. She appears to be doing ok. This has happened before and my chicken died.what was wrong and how can I prevent this from happening again. I also wormed her with 1/2 cc liquid ivermecyrin
marsha, rose hill, NC
Posted: 4/25/2015 3:44:33 PM
One chicken tail up in air..Sitting in nest all day. No eggs. Scrapeing beak on ladder. Eating and drinking normal. Rest of chickens are shedding feathers eating and drinking normal. Walking around and laying eggs..
Sharon, Urbana, IN
Posted: 12/5/2014 4:03:27 PM
Thank you for the chart. I love it. It gives a quick synopsis of possible illnesses where one can be on the lookout for symptoms.
Carole, Orange Park, FL
Posted: 11/12/2014 12:38:46 PM
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