We at thechickenteam.com have received few requests from our readers to give you an article about common health issues we have with our chickens and how we are handling them. And to prove that we are good and a loyal source of information for all of you fellow chicken enthusiasts we decided to share our thoughts on this subject with you. Common Chicken health problems & our solutions. Enjoy!
Chickens are living beings and it is normal that they get sick from time to time, even if you do your best to keep them safe and healthy many things can affect your chickens health so without further ado these are the common health problems for your chickens and what you can do about them.
Moulting is one of the most common health problems every chicken has, especially the ones that are bred to lay eggs. After a year or so of laying eggs, your chickens immune system gets weaker – this is normal. Their feathers lose their shine, their calcium level drops, they lay much less eggs then usual and look very sick. You can notice that this period of moulting starts when their comb and wattles start losing color and in most cases the feathers around their necks start falling out first. Moulting can be caused by some other factors such as sudden weather changes, dehydration or stress
What can you do about it:
This happens to almost all of the chickens so chances are that you can`t do much to prevent it but you can make it easier for them by changing their diet. Your chickens level of protein and calcium drops so give them more mealworms and add vitamin drops in their water. . When your chickens are in this state their bodies get weak and we advice you that you not pick them up and cuddle or cause any sudden movement.
This is by far one of the worst things I have seen in my chickens, their behavior becomes somewhat radical and what causes this and how their body reacts is not a good sight. When she gets older or before getting in a moult your egg laying chicken can get a bigger egg that it can let out, and this forces her oviduct to react by stretching. Soft shelled eggs or bigger eggs than usual will give your chicken a hard time trying to pass it. The oviduct gets stretched and sometimes with forcing itself to pass the egg the result is the whole oviduct going out with the egg, this is not a good sight and even the novice chicken keeper can notice it.
What can you do about it:
Well let us be honest, after this happens what you can do about it is calling your vet to stitch it but after your chicken start laying again the stitches will break and it will pop out again. Many people are using this procedure – they get their sick chicken isolated to a clean area and wash the area where the prolapse happened and using plastic gloves they put the prolapse back in. It usually pops back up in the next few minutes so you need to repeat the process until it stays in but we don’t recommend this, it is safer for you to call the vet. To prevent this you need to keep your chickens diet balanced and give them enough sunlight, make sure that their calcium levels are kept normal.
You might not know this but eye problems are very common with chickens. Chicken spend most of their lives pecking in the dirt and while they do this dust is all around them, this is why some dust spark or a flying object has a good chance of getting in their eyes. We have mentioned previously why wind direction is important and the position of your chicken coop. If your chicken starts acting disoriented and not in sync with the flock or there are scratches around the eyes you might want to check her up. If the eyes of your chicken are weeping or if they are strongly closed it means that she has an eye problem. This is normal and you don’t need to be scared.
What you can do about it:
Well before doing anything you need to make sure that the problem is only in the eyes, because weeping and some discharge from the nostrils can indicate a cold or some more serious illness. If there is an eye problem a safe thing for you to do is keep a warm tea bag around the eye area twice a day. If this doesn’t help you can use a veterinary eye balm. If this problem exists in more than one chicken in your flock, we suggest you call for veterinary help.
These are the 3 most common health problems your chicken can have and something you can do to try and prevent these is to have a safe and strong chicken coop. We at the typesofchicken.com team used this manual to build our coops and we are more than satisfied with the outcome.