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5 Most Common Chicken Health Problems

Having a flock of beautiful backyard chickens that seem out of sorts is one of the most worrying things for a fervent feather fan. When they are not feeling well, chickens can display symptoms that could hint at a myriad of different health issues, leaving the concerned chick  scratching their head, trying to diagnose what is wrong with their winged companions.

We tackle a LOT of poultry health problems in our Learning Center and every day we get hundreds of chicken keepers visiting our site and chatting to us about their hen health mysteries. There are 5 common chicken health issues that we always get asked about. Have a peck at our resources for those peeving problems here….

It mite be lice

The most common health problem a chicken keeper will face is a pesky visit from poultry parasites. Chicken mites and lice can affect your chickens in different ways depending on the parasite type, the level of infestation and the health of your chicken flock.

Wiggle it, just a little bit

The second most common chicken health problem we encounter is worms. Parasitic poultry worms are fairly common and easy to prevent and treat, but they are wily little buggers and can show up in hens even if you do everything right. So don’t feel like a bad feather mum or dad if they wriggle their way into your flock!

backyard chicken flock

Breathe easy, bird

“My chicken is making a weird noise when they breathe” is the 3rd most common problem keepers approach us with. Respiratory issues can stem from a few different illnesses so if your chicken is wheezing or having trouble breathing it can be hard to determine what the underlying issue may be.

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… Diarrhoea

Chicken poop is a fascinating subject. Gross, yes, but a hen’s droppings can tell a keeper a lot about a chicken’s health. When your fair feathered flock is suffering from the runs it can be hard to decipher what the hen health issue might be.

A sour taste in their beak

The fifth most common hen health issue we are asked about is sour crop. The chicken digestive tract is an intriguingly complex system that has very little resemblance to our own. Your happy hen has a “crop”, which is a little pouch at the end of their esophagus that stores and moistens their food before it gets sent to their stomach or their gizzard. Sour crop occurs when this pouch fails to empty completely, creating the perfect environment for Candida, commonly known as thrush, to grow.

Most chicken health problems can be easily prevented but if your hens start to present symptoms we haven’t chatted about here you might find help here. Healthy flock of hens? Keep ‘em that way with preventative measures like the ones in our site.


Yours chickenly,

The Grand Commander Of Chickens Rupublic


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