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.

🙂 Don’t be afraid to ask your local feed store for further advice on products for these specific problems. You can also use the search box on my home page for more information.

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    How To Deal With A Loud Rooster

    If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can have roosters, you probably won’t think twice about the rampant crowing. You wouldn’t be wrong, either! Most areas that are very rural or zoned agricultural are pretty rooster-friendly, so it would never be an issue that pops up. Though, there are a few circumstances that might require you to keep your boys quiet, lets see the best way to deal with a roosters crow….


    by The Happy Chicken Coop

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    Why Your Hens Aren’t Laying Eggs

    Hens Not Filling the Egg Basket? Here are a few answers to why.

    First of all, don’t panic, egg production changes for many reasons, and they aren’t all bad, so lets narrow it down and take a look at all the different scenarios. We’ll start with the most common reasons.

    Every year your chickens will molt, in other words, lose their feathers and grow new ones. Unfortunately, it also means most hens won’t lay eggs until their molt cycle is done. However, there are variations to that rule. The molting process is fully explained HERE.

    The Broody Hen
    When a hen is broody, it means she wants to hatch eggs and raise chicks. Some breeds are more broody than others, for instance, Silkies. When a hen decides to go broody, there is little you can do to change her mind! She’ll stay in her nest and sit on her eggs, other bird’s eggs, or nothing at all! Remember, just because you don’t have a rooster, doesn’t mean your hen won’t go broody.  A hen will become broody and sit on eggs whether they’re fertilized or not.
    The pic below is a broody Silkie, notice how she has a flattened appearance, or looks spreads out. That’s a classic look for a broody hen. Unfortunately, she will not lay eggs during this time. More Information.

    Broody Hen

    As the days become shorter it is a signal that winter is on it’s way. It’s natural for hens to lay only a couple eggs per week in the winter months, sometimes none at all. Hot weather can also affect egg production, here in Phoenix, production can slow or even stop when the heat becomes extreme. Summer Heat Tips.

    If you move your birds, add new birds, or anything that has changed their routine, is a good enough reason to take time off from laying eggs.  Sometimes a predator scare can upset a flock and they’ll stop laying for a week or more.  Another important factor is your bird’s feed. Make sure they’re consuming quality feed, and I don’t mean chicken scratch. Protein and calcium are essential.
    Chickens need adequate space, overcrowding makes for unhappy birds, and this is especially important, why? Because happy hens fill the egg basket! One more thing, pests can also cause a stressful environment, so make sure your birds are not bothered by mites. More on Pests.

    A sick hen will not lay, ever. All I can tell you about that is to look for the most common signs of illness. Watery eyes, droopy tail, Hen doesn’t leave the nest, coughing, diarrhea, etc.   A sick bird is pretty obvious, and should be isolated from the flock immediately.

    Let’s not leave out the inevitable….age.
    Unfortunately, all hens reach the age when they no longer lay eggs. Of course there are some that continue to surprise us with an egg well after their productive years. It may surprise you to learn that hens usually only lay eggs until they’re around 3 years old. Their first 2 years are the most productive, then, fewer and fewer as time passes. Except for those special ladies that don’t agree with that statement, and I’ve had a few!

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    Spill Proof Chicken Feeder

    Update: Love this feeder!

    Just ordered a new chicken feeder, holds 10lbs and looks like it will solve the problem of chickens wasting their feed.

    This feeder (Amazon $39.95) boasts it’s spill proof, and it hangs on either wire or wood, hardware included. Dimensions are 5.5 x 5.5 x 17 inches. I’ll have to wait until my birds are 12 weeks to use it, but I’m looking forward to the possibilities of a spill proof feeder!
    RentACoop PVC Chicken Poultry Feeder with Rain Cover is available on Amazon.

    RentACoop PVC Chicken Poultry Feeder

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