Common Chicken Illnesses and Treatments

Serious illness is unlikely in a backyard flock, especially if you vaccinate the chickens. All the same, it’s good to be aware of them in case you ever are wondering, is my chicken sick? Diseases can spread [more…]

How to Check and Triage an Injured Chicken

Raising chickens is not without its difficult moments, such as finding a wounded chick or discovering a sick bird. Sick or injured chickens need immediate attention — and special handling. If a chicken [more…]

How to Treat Cuts and Wounds in Chickens

If you find a bleeding chicken in your coop, or if you suspect a chicken’s skin has been cut or torn, it’s important to treat the bird quickly. Chicken skin is thin and tears easily, and bleeding wounds [more…]

How to Treat Chicken Foot Sores

A limping chicken is no minor issue in a backyard coop. Often, this is a sign of bumblefoot. Bumblefoot is a bacterial infection or abscess of the foot. Treating bumblefoot is simple, but crucial; foot [more…]

How to Trim a Chicken's Injured Comb or Wattle

When you raise chickens, it’s not surprising to find a chicken with a torn comb or wattle. Chickens can tear combs or wattles in a fight or by accidentally catching them in something. Generally, these [more…]

How to Treat Chicken Eye and Beak Injuries

Raising chickens sometimes requires treating injuries. Eye and beak injuries are not uncommon, especially when a predator attacks the coop. You can, in fact, take care of a blind chicken and learn how [more…]

How to Treat a Chicken's Broken Leg or Wing

Is your chicken refusing to walk or dragging its wing? It may be suffering from a broken leg or wing. Broken wings are fairly easy for the chicken to live with; broken legs are not. With legs and wings [more…]

How to Treat Frostbite in Chickens

If you are raising chickens in a cold area, your birds may suffer from frostbite. Of course, a well-designed chicken coop helps prevent frostbite, but no one can control the weather. One day, you may find [more…]

How to Treat Egg Binding in Chickens

When raising chickens, you hope to never encounter egg binding in your flock. Luckily, the causes of egg binding (genetics, poor feed, heavy worm infestations) are uncommon in a backyard coop, although [more…]

How to Get Rid of Internal Parasites in Your Chickens

If you plan to raise chickens, you must be ready to encounter parasites. Even a city chicken coop can be invaded. Internal parasites — in particular worms and coccidiosis — are especially problematic, [more…]

How to Get Rid of Your Chickens' External Parasites

Chicken parasites are a given in most backyard coops. External parasites — lice, mites, fowl tick, and chiggers — are the creepy-crawlies found on the outside of the chicken, so common that earlier poultry [more…]

How to Choose a Vet for Your Chickens

If you plan to raise chickens, you must find a good veterinarian who treats poultry. Don’t wait until a bird gets sick. Know where to go before an emergency arises in your flock; you’ll save valuable time [more…]