Chicken Keeping Problems and Helpful Solutions

Lice and mites: These parasites can cause chickens to lose feathers and become more susceptible to illness. To treat lice and mites, you can use a poultry-specific insecticide or try natural remedies like diatomaceous earth or neem oil.

Coccidiosis: This is a parasitic disease that affects the intestines of chickens. Symptoms include diarrhea, weight loss, and lethargy. To treat coccidiosis, you can use a medicated feed or water additive that contains coccidiostats.

Worms: Chickens can become infected with various types of worms, including roundworms and tapeworms. Symptoms include weight loss, poor feathering, and a decrease in egg production. To treat worms, you can use a poultry-specific wormer or try natural remedies like garlic.

Egg binding: This occurs when a chicken is unable to lay an egg due to a physical blockage in the oviduct. To treat egg binding, you may need to gently massage the area around the vent or give the chicken a warm bath to help the egg pass. In severe cases, you may need to contact a veterinarian.

Frostbite: Chickens can develop frostbite on their combs and wattles in cold weather. To prevent frostbite, make sure chickens have access to a warm, draft-free coop. Applying Vaseline to wattles and fleshy appendages will help prevent frostbite. To treat frostbite, you can gently warm the affected area with a warm cloth and apply a moisturizing ointment.

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