The last thing you want is a flock of sick chickens, so it is time to start taking a few preventative measures! The best way to prevent sickness from spreading is to be on the lookout for symptoms. Most of the symptoms are quite easy to identify, especially if you know what to look out for.
1. A pale, or limp comb: these could be signs of frostbite, or worms.
- If your flock isn't handling the cold well and you notice signs of frostbite, slowly warm up the affected chickens with a warm cloth.
2.wheezing, coughing, or a runny nose: these could be symptoms of chronic respiratory disease.
- Oftentimes cleaning your coop will cure or lessen symptoms of respiratory disease. Be sure your coop is clear of excess dust, this will aid your chickens respiratory health also. Preventing strong drafts from blowing through your chicken coop will help prevent sickness too!
3. Mangy, Patchy feathers: Lookout for lice or mites.
- Ask your vet which solution they reccomend.
So what do you do if your Chickens are exhibiting any of the above mentioned behaviors? The first thing to do is quarantine them so whatever they have does not spread to the whole flock. After they have been quarantined, call the vet and get his opinion!