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Q: Are there any concerns I should have when keeping or caring for chickens while pregnant?
A: You will want to take the same kinds of precautions you would take with any pets: wash your hands after handling them and so forth. Avian and human... read more

Q: During the past two weeks I have been collecting some eggs with large amounts of blood on them and am wondering if there are steps to take in reducing egg size. I'm worried about egg binding. Could I be overfeeding my flock?
A: It is not likely that the problem is overfeeding. We recommend feeding free choice and not limiting their feed: underfeeding usually causes more... read more

Q: Why does my chicken have a bare spot on her chest? She's not molting!
A: If she's not molting, isn't getting picked on and isn't suffering from external parasites like mites or lice, it's possible that the bare spot on her... read more

Q: Last year we had a few ticks on our dogs. Will ticks be a problem with the chickens?
A: Chickens will eat deer ticks, wood ticks and dog ticks (as well as other types), and these are the most common ticks that bother humans and canines.... read more

Q: My hens had some feather loss. I have taken care of the cause, but their feathers haven't grown back. Is there something I'm missing?
A: Not necessarily. Sometimes hens will regrow feathers immediately, and sometimes they won't regrow missing feathers until the molt (usually in the ... read more

Q: I have a hen that I have been using to breed, but now she's developed wry neck. Is this a genetic weakness that I should be worried about seeing in her offspring?
A: Probably not. Torticollis is the medical/technical term for wry neck; it is an abnormal head position where the bird may not be able to hold her head... read more

Q: I have a twelve week old rooster that has trouble keeping his balance, and sometimes staggers when he is walking. He otherwise seems healthy with nice, shiny feathers and bright, alert eyes. Any idea what his problem is?
A: That's a tough one. A problem like this could be caused by many things.

The first thing that comes to mind is that it could be a fungal...
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Q: The eggs from one of our hens always have a strange, unpleasant fishy smell to them. It's not that the eggs are old. Even when we are able to gather and refrigerate her eggs directly after she lays, her eggs always have that fishy smell. Is she sick?
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If this is the only symptom you're seeing, she's probably not sick. (If she does show other signs of illness you will want to take her to a... read more

Q: I’ve heard that a hen can turn into a rooster. Is this true?

A: No, that's not true. It IS true that hens can sometimes crow, and you may have a crowing hen more often if you don't have a rooster. You can read... read more

Q: Is your breeder stock vaccinated for Marek's Disease?
A: Yes, we do vaccinate our parent stock. They are vaccinated to prevent several different diseases, including Marek's Disease, Newcastle Disease,... read more

Q: My chicken cannot walk. Does she have Marek’s disease?
A: Lameness is a very common symptom of Mareks’ disease, but there are many other conditions that can also cause paralysis or lameness in your chicken. ... read more

Q: I got the Marek's vaccination for my chickens, but one chicken seems sick! Is the vaccination not working?
A: If your chicken received the Marek's vaccination, she will most likely be protected from the symptoms of Marek's disease, but a small percentage of... read more

Q: Spraddle leg overview
A: Spraddle leg Also called
Splay leg

Prevalence-
Common

Signs
General signs...
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Q: Coryza Overview
A: Coryza Also called
Cold, Infectious Coryza, IC, Roup

Prevalence-
Common

Signs
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Q: Mycoplasma gallisepticum Overview
A: Mycoplasma gallisepticum Also called
MG, Chronic Respiratory Disease, Infectious sinusitis (in turkeys)

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Q: Heart attack overview
A: Heart attack Also called
Sudden Death Syndrome, SDS, acute death syndrome, flip-over disease, acute heart...
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Q: Omphalitis overview
A: Omphalitis Also called
Navel infection, mushy chick, yolk sac infection

Prevalence-...
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Q: Pasted Vent Overview
A: Pasted Vent Also called
Pasting, vent gleet, pasty butt

Prevalence-
Very common in chicks. Not common in adult...
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Q: Pullorum Overview
A: Pullorum Disease Also called
PD, Bacillary White Diarrhea, BWD, White Diarrhea

Prevalence-...
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Q: Egg Yolk Peritonitis Overview
A: Egg Yolk Peritonitis Also called
Yolk peritonitis, yolk stroke, abdominal sepsis, abdominal septicemia

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Q: Aspergillosis Overview
A: Aspergillosis Also called
Pneumonia, coop or brooder pneumonia, mycotic pneumonia, pneumomycosis

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Q: Botulism Overview
A: Botulism Also called
Food poisoning

Prevalence-
Infrequent

Signs
General signs...
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Q: Myiasis Overview
A: Also called
Flystrike, fly blown

Prevalence-
Infrequent. It is more common in other animals such as sheep or...
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Q: Lymphoid Leucosis Overview
A: Lymphoid Leucosis Also called
Liver cancer, Liver disease, LL

Prevalence-
Common

Signs
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Q: VVD Overview
A: VVD Also called
Varus/Valgus Deformity, Twisted leg, Crooked leg

Prevalence-
Rare in home flocks; common in...
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Q: Egg Binding Overview
A: Egg binding Also called
Eggbound hen, stuck egg, bound egg, obstructed vent

Prevalence-
Common in some breeds...
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Q: Can I give my chickens moldy bread, moldy leftovers or moldy feed?
A: No, your chickens should not eat anything with mold on it. Just as moldy or rotten food can make you sick, it can make them sick. Sharing some... read more

Q: Will a broody hen starve herself to death on the nest?
A: It's unlikely she'll starve, but even so, it's not unheard of for a hen to die on the nest. Remember, even when they're broody, they do get off the... read more

Q: Salmonella (general) - Overview
A: Salmonella (general) Also called
Various types of Salmonella infection include Pullorum, Typhoid, Paratyphoid, Arizonosis,...
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Q: Crossed beak overview
A: Crossed beak
Also called
Cross beak, scissor beak, scissors beak, crooked beak, lateral beak...
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Q: Ascites Overview
A: Ascites Also called
Pulmonary hypertension syndrome, waterbelly, fluid retained in abdomen

Prevalence-...
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Q: My chick's toes are all curled up--what's wrong with her?
A: Sometimes a chick will develop or hatch with a condition called curled toes or curly toes in one or both feet.

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Q: One of my baby chicks seems weak and is not eating or drinking; how can I best help her?
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Well, do remember that if you hatched these babies at home, chicks don't actually need to eat or drink for the first two or three days...... read more

Q: Coccidiosis Overview

A: Coccidiosis Also called
Cocci

Prevalence-
Very common

Signs
General signs...
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Q: How long do I have to keep my chicken quarantined after treating for an illness or infection?
A: There is not a single answer to that question--it will depend on what your bird has been treated for. For instance, once you've treated for mites and... read more

Q: Why does my chicken's tail always twist to one side?
A: It sounds as if your chicken has "wry tail." This is a condition that is exactly what it sounds like: your chicken's tail is held at a wry angle when... read more

Q: Can I spread grass clippings in the run?
A: No, that would be bad for your flock.

Most people will find this advice counter-intuitive, because chickens love to eat grasses, right?...
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Q: Why is it necessary that my chickens have grit?
A: "Scarce as hens' teeth." Have you ever heard that expression before? Of course, chickens don't have teeth... and that's a problem, since their diet... read more

Q: How do I keep my small, enclosed run from becoming muddy?
A: Depending on where you are in the country and how your coop is sited, you may occasionally have problems with mud in the run. There are worse things... read more

Q: What is regular chicken body temperature?
A: Chickens have a much higher body temperature than humans do. Normal chicken body temperature ranges from about 105 to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. Just as... read more

Q: What is a wormer?
A: A "wormer" is a medication used to help rid your chickens of infestations of internal parasites like round worms or other worms, the same way you... read more

Q: Is it ever okay to help a chick out of the shell?
A: Generally speaking you will NOT want to intervene in the hatching process when incubating read more

Q: One of my chickens was recently diagnosed and treated for bumblefoot. Now two more chickens have swollen feet! What should I do?
A: We're sorry to hear your flock is having problems with bumblefoot! The more technical name for this problem is ulcerative pododermatitis, but most... read more