Raising Healthy Chickens

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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 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…]

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…]

Looking a Picture of Chickeny Health

Knowing what a healthy chicken looks like may stop you from mistaking illness or deformity for the normal appearance of a chicken. The following quick pointers can help you determine whether a chicken [more…]

Biosecurity: The Most Important Prevention Tool for Your Chickens

Biosecurity is a set of practices — things you do every day— that helps keep infectious organisms, such as viruses and bacteria, out of your chicken flock. If a disease-causing organism manages to find [more…]

First Aid Kit for a Backyard Chicken Flock

Your chicken-keeping philosophy will determine how well stocked your backyard flock first aid kit should be. At a minimum, every flock keeper should have a hospital cage in which to assess and isolate [more…]

Causes of Common Problems of Hens

Some of the problems that backyard chicken flock keepers most frequently see in their hens are respiratory illness, feather loss, and strange eggs. The following contains some common causes for some chicken [more…]

Chicken Health For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As a chicken flock keeper, you’re concerned about the well-being, safety, and health of your flock. Although you can’t control everything, such as predators, pests, diseases, and injuries, you can take [more…]

Ten Common Misconceptions about Chicken Health and Treatments

Here are ten of the most famous backyard flock-keeping myths. Busting these myths may burst some bubbles of wishful thinking, but hopefully, it also will ease some unnecessary worries. [more…]

Answers to Ten Common Questions about Chicken Health

Following are the most common questions that flock keepers ask about the health of their chickens. Also provided are quick, concise answers that you can take to heart or share with a fellow flock keeper [more…]

The Outside of the Chicken: Eyes, Ears, Skin, and Feathers

Being able to refer to the common names of the outside parts of the chicken is helpful when describing a problem to someone long distance and to ensuring the health of your flock. [more…]

The Respiratory System of a Chicken

The main job of the respiratory system of birds is to absorb oxygen and rid the body of carbon dioxide. In addition, the respiratory system also gets rid of excess heat, detoxifies some of the waste products [more…]

The Digestive System of a Chicken

Having a firm understanding of a chicken’s digestion system can help you figure out the reason behind a chicken’s digestive upsets. The figure shows the layout of the chicken digestive system, beginning [more…]

The Skeleton of a Chicken

Besides the obvious role of holding up the chicken, the skeletal system has at least two additional important functions: calcium storage, and believe it or not, breathing! [more…]

The Organs of a Chicken’s Immune System

You need to understand the chicken immune system, to familiarize you with that defense network, because flock owners need to know how to help their chickens protect themselves against and deal with infectious [more…]

Starting with the Chicken and Then the Egg: Growth and Development

So what is the answer to the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Well, here, you start with the chicken and end up with an egg. Along the way, you discover the reproductive ins [more…]

What Goes on in a Chicken Egg

A chicken egg is a complete package of nutrition and protection for the developing embryo chick. The yolk, egg white, and shell provide all the nutrients the embryo needs for the 21-day incubation period [more…]

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