Keeping Chickens Health Advice
It is important, if you decide to get involved in chicken keeping, to know about chicken health. Knowing how to keep chickens healthy is essential if you want your chickens to lay lots of eggs. Keeping chickens is not too hard but you will need to ensure that your feathered friends remain happy and healthy. This guide will give you some information on keeping chickens healthy.
Chicken Keeping – How to Spot a Healthy Chicken
- A fully grown chicken should have a nice firm comb.
- When the chicken is in lay the comb should be bright red.
- The chicken’s eyes should be bright and clear.
- A healthy chicken will appear active and lean.
- The scales on a chicken’s legs should be smooth and not lift up.
- The legs of a chicken are a good way to distinguish whether or not a chicken is laying eggs yet. If the chicken’s legs are yellow then she is probably not yet laying. If they are a pale yellow or white then the chicken should be laying.
- If you pick up a healthy chicken it should feel firm and plump without feeling flabby.
- There should be no discharge coming out of the chicken’s eyes and nose.
- The chicken’s vent should be moist and white. There should be no lumps, bleeding or crustiness.
Keeping Chicken’s Healthy - Egg Production
- Chickens have one hole for both urine and faeces which is called the vent.
- Chickens do not have a bladder because they have solid urine. Their urine is excreted with the faeces and looks white.
- The cloaca is the area where both the intestine and oviduct come together into a common chamber.
- You might think that this is dirty but eggs are laid clean because the hen turns part of the cloaca inside out so the egg emerges outside away from contaminants.
- The emerging chicken egg keeps the bowels shut so that the eggs are always clean when they are laid.
How to Keep Chickens – Egg Bound Chicken
- Chicken will seem restless.
- The chicken will not eat or drink very much.
- The chicken will appear to be standing hunched over.
- She will visit her nest regularly to try and lay her egg.
- Her oviduct might protrude where she has undergone excessive pushing to eject the egg.
- The chicken might become exhausted or have an internal haemorrhage and die.
- The chickens vent will look red and protrude.
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