This week we’re going to focus on the care and prevention of illness in chickens. For us, it always seems to sneak up on us that a chicken gets sick, hurt or worse. And then I’m googling trying to figure out what I need and what to do.
So here’s a few things you can do to be prepared for something you may have to deal with in the coming weeks.
First off, since it’s cold out where we’re at, and most of the country is dealing with similar issues, we’re going to look at frostbite. Now remember that chickens can survive much colder temps that we can without issue. But for birds with larger combs and wattles are most susceptible to this. Check out this great article on prevention and dealing with frostbite should it occur.
Next we’ll look at caring for an injured chicken. Now there are many things that can go wrong but this guide will give you the basics on dealing with cuts and similar so you can insure a full recovery of your feathered friend.
Lastly, something we really don’t want to think about is death. But it’s a natural thing as we deal with temperature changes and other issues that winter and early spring can bring. This article is a great one to look at just to be prepared for/when you have to dispose of a bird that, sadly, didn’t make it.
To end on a more positive note, you might also want to give your chickens a physical exam in the coming weeks. Once again, here’s an awesome article to help with that.
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