Health Guide to Keeping Chickens
Thinking of chicken keeping and want to know a bit more about keeping chickens healthy? If so then this article might be of use to you. This guide on how to keep chickens healthy will give you some information on how to identify a healthy chicken and tell you a bit about egg production.
Keeping Chickens - How to Tell a Chicken is Healthy
It is not difficult to tell a healthy chicken from an unhealthy chicken as there are some obvious indications which you can look for. A fully grown chicken should have a firm comb and when the chicken is in lay this comb should be bright red. The chicken’s eyes should be bright and beady and the chicken should have an active personality and look lean.
The scales on the chicken’s legs should not lift up but appear smooth. If you want to know if a chicken is old enough to lay eggs or not then you can look at the colour of the chicken’s legs. If the legs are bright yellow then they are too young to lay eggs, if the chicken’s legs are pale yellow or white then the chances are that the chicken is old enough to lay eggs.
When you pick up a healthy chicken you will feel that it is plump and feels firm; you do not want your chicken to feel flabby. There should be no discharge around the eyes and nose.
Chicken Keeping – How to Spot Egg Bound Chickens
If a chicken is egg bound then it will be restless and not eat or drink very much. When you look at the stance of the chicken you will see that it is hunched over and appears uncomfortable. The chicken will keep returning to the nest box to try and lay her egg.
You might notice that the chicken’s oviduct is protruding where she has undergone excessive pushing. If the chicken pushes too hard then she might become exhausted or cause an internal haemorrhage which can be fatal.
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