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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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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
Gotta love info graphics :)
Kristen, columbus, MI
Posted: 11/1/2014 9:57:02 PM
Some of my chickens have a feather loss. At first I thought it was the Rooster, he is now gone. Still no feather regrowth. Clean pen, fresh water, fresh vegetables and good fed. Also they free range most days on the farm. Dusted them with some decraestous ?? from the farm store. What can be done to regrow the feathers ???????
Sue, Oregon City, OR
Posted: 8/15/2014 10:50:23 AM
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