Category / Health Issues

July 6, 2013
For years, I have known that chickens enjoy eating many bugs in the yard, including ticks.  In my years of keeping backyard chickens, I have never found a tick on the flock, yet I know they are lurking in the yard.  Yesterday as I was out refilling the coop waterers,  I was a bit disturbed-perched,…

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February 21, 2013
Like clockwork, Dolly is broody again.  My heart sank to discover that I had not reached her before, Sunshine could inflict harm to her.  When Dolly goes broody, she prefers to sit in the favorite nesting box.  I think that all the other girls understand and politely lay in the adjacent nesting boxes.  However, Sunshine…

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January 29, 2013
Frostbitten wattles and comb During the winter months, chickens can become prone to frostbite.  Frostbite can occur on combs, wattles and even their feet.  Chickens with larger combs and wattles often are the most susceptible.  Cold hardy breeds, such as Wyandottes, Orpingtons, Australorps, and Silkies tend to have smaller combs.  During colder weather, most chickens…

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December 28, 2012
Feather loss and missing feathers happens within every flock at one point or another.  Suddenly, one day you happen to notice that one or more of your chickens are missing some feathers. Missing feathers should always cause you to do a bit of detective work.  There are reasons for missing feathers.  Some reasons are obvious,…

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December 17, 2012
Two fluffy butts free-ranging in the woods. Other than a good dust bath, there is no other place that a chicken would rather be than free-ranging about their environment.   Chickens love to scratch in the dirt. They love to discover bugs, worms and tasty grubs as they explore their surroundings. However, most folks never free-range due…

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December 7, 2012
Okay folks, this post is not going to be pretty.  In fact, some of the photos are just down right yucky! Vent Gleet in Rescue Hen Photo Credit: The Animal Sanctuary used with expressed permission. Vent gleet also sometimes referred to as cloacitis or thrush is a fungal infection involving the digestive and reproductive systems.…

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October 1, 2012
Autumn is one of the girls’ favorite times of the year.  Fresh gourds and pumpkins are abundant and with a Chicken Momma that has a pumpkin collecting addiction this time of the year, there is never a shortage of delicious chunks and guts available to our girls.Read moreThe Annual Return of the Great Pumpkin

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