Poultry Illnesses & Ailments

Unwell Duck in a Towel - Poultry IllnessesWhen you start keeping poultry you need to anticipate that there will be periods of with poultry illnesses or accidents may occur. Whether it be a lethargic hen or a limping duck, it is a good idea to know what you can do at home and when a vet is needed.

These articles aim to help the back garden keeper with the more common poultry illnesses and ailments they are likely to encounter. Remember though, if in doubt always contact your local poultry-friendly vet.

Articles on Poultry Illnesses & Ailments

Bumblefoot in Chickens - A Guide to Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot in Chickens - A Guide to Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot in Chickens – what is it and how do you treat it? Bumblefoot is a bacterial infection of the foot found in birds, including chickens. The infection causes an inflammatory reaction with swelling and sometimes an increased temperature being n...
Crop Problems in Chickens - Chicken Crop Problems

Crop Problems in Chickens - Chicken Crop Problems

Sour Crop & Impacted Crop (or Crop Bound) As with all animal husbandry the best philosophy to adopt is “prevention is better than cure”. What is the Crop The chicken’s crop is located right beneath the neck against the breast and just right...
Impacted or Bound Crop in Chickens - A Guide

Impacted or Bound Crop in Chickens - A Guide

Causes of Impacted or Bound Crop Impacted crop (crop bound) is similar in cause to sour crop in that the crop does not empty overnight but in the morning it will feel hard and swollen, like a golf ball. In both cases the bird is likely to seem lethargic,...
Keeping Chickens Healthy - A Guide

Keeping Chickens Healthy - A Guide

Keeping Chickens Healthy - A Guide By John Burson Common Illness and Ailments of Chickens and Treatments As with all animal husbandry the best philosophy to adopt is "prevention is better than cure." Reference Book on Poultry A good reference book...
Poisonous Plants Toxic to Poultry – North America

Poisonous Plants Toxic to Poultry – North America

This useful list of poisonous plants toxic to poultry originally appeared on a US web site which has sadly ceased. Luckily I had archived a copy and am able to make it available Poisonous Plants Toxic to Poultry by Latin Name Aesculus glabra...
Red Mite – Identifying & Treating Red Mite

Red Mite – Identifying & Treating Red Mite

Red mite can become the bane of the poultry keeper, especially in Summer months. One day you notice your flock a little more lethargic than usual and soon they are refusing to return to bed at night and perhaps perching on top of the coop instead of inside....
Sour Crop in Chickens - A Guide

Sour Crop in Chickens - A Guide

Causes of Sour Crop Sour crop is caused when the crop doesn’t empty fully overnight and as a result the food ferments within the crop causing a fungal infection. You can identify sour crop by checking the crop before the bird eats in the morning a...

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