Chicken Moult

chicken moult

Around this time of year, when our chickens are going through their late autumn moult, coops and pens resemble a chicken crime scene. Huge bundles of feathers strewn everywhere! For the new chicken keeper, experiencing chicken moult can be alarming! When your flock decide it's time for a change of clothes feathers literally drop out overnight - … Continue reading Chicken Moult

Poorly Hen, Egg Yolk Peritonitis and Other Problems

My beautiful Speckledy hen is feeling under the weather at the moment, it's a complicated situation not made any easier with chickens naturally hiding illness. Ginny was diagnosed with egg yolk peritonitis last summer, a condition which basically means a hen begins laying internally rather than producing eggs in the usual way. Yolks and egg matter drop into … Continue reading Poorly Hen, Egg Yolk Peritonitis and Other Problems

Chicken Colds – Mycoplasma

bubbles in chickens eye

Does my chicken have a cold? Sneezing accompanied by discharge from the nostrils are commonly referred to as a 'chicken cold'. However, it's very likely your chicken/flock are suffering from a respiratory infection such as mycoplasma, often severe in winter. A fairly common illness (according to my vet) and contagious, mycoplasma is transmitted by wild birds, footwear, clothing and feeding equipment. The first time chickens succumb … Continue reading Chicken Colds – Mycoplasma

Marek’s and Myrtle

I'm really sad to announce that my bluebelle hen, Myrtle, passed away today at the tender age of 17 months. She went downhill incredibly fast, suffering from suspected Marek's. Symptoms were paralysis of both legs (splayed), paralysis of the neck with blindness and inability to feed or drink. I took her to my vet today and the … Continue reading Marek’s and Myrtle

Chicken Health – Red Mite

Occasionally I look at my site stats to see which search terms are finding my blog. I tend to see a lot of chicken/poultry related queries and questions, so I thought I would write about one of the biggest problems poultry keepers sometimes face -  the dreaded red mite. Carried by wild birds, red mite are tiny … Continue reading Chicken Health – Red Mite

Chicken Health – Droppings

Keeping chickens in the garden is rewarding and can be educational too if you have young children helping with their day-to-day needs. But, as with all animals, from time to time chickens can become ill. Apart from the classic signs that a chicken is unwell - fluffed up feathers, hunched posture, eyes closed etc you may be … Continue reading Chicken Health – Droppings