Category Archives: Chicken Health

Water for Chickens

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Water for Chickens

Like humans, chickens will not thrive well without water. But unlike us, chickens are not inclined to search for it far and wide when their body calls for it. So it is your responsibility to ensure that clean, cool water for chickens at all times to maintain proper chicken health.What exactly is in water and why should you never forget to give your birds the universal solvent?

Growing Chicken Feed

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Growing Chicken Feed

Raising laying hens and meat chickens is an amazing activity. A great way to decrease your chicken feed bill and ensure great chicken health is growing chicken feed.
Aside from the cost, growing chicken feed in your own soil is fresher and healthier than anything you can ever buy in a bag. Feeding your chickens with home grown feed makes them stronger and more resistant to illnesses. Growing chicken feed yourself also gives you food security in the real sense of the word because you are not totally dependent on commercial poultry feeds to make them grow and produce eggs.
Admittedly, not everyone has the space to grow their own chicken feed. But before you immediately discount the idea, keep in mind that a lot of backyard chicken keepers practice growing chicken feed for their flocks.
Besides most of the vegetables, legumes and seeds we eat are also eaten by our chickens so it’s not as if you have to grow food exclusive for them alone. If you are not free ranging your flock, a mobile coop is be a good idea so that you can simply plant the feeds in various areas of the garden and get the chickens to them when they are ready to be eaten.

Chicken Dust Bathing

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Dust Bathing

Chickens have a natural instinct to maintain cleanliness, despite the reputation built by unclean and smelly chicken coops. Dust bathing is part of that cleanliness instinct.

Chickens will find a dry spot of dirt or dig and scratch through the grass to access the dirt. The chicken will then wriggle around in the dust to get rid of parasites.Chicken Dust Bathing

It is an amusing site to watch a chicken roll around and wiggle in the dry dirt, attempting to get dust on every part of their body.

Dust bathing is part of a chicken’s normal routine and is essential for healthy chickens. You must always provide a way for your chickens to dust bathe.

Selecting the Right Chicken Feed

Selecting the Right Chicken Feed

If you want your chickens to grow strong and healthy, you need to supply the correct type of chicken feed. What you feed your chickens can affect the overall chicken health, physical appearance, egg production, and the quality of meat that they give you.

Chicken Ailments and Diseases

Chicken Ailments and Diseases

There are many common chicken ailments that affect chicken health. What follows is by no mean an exhaustive list, but the most common chicken ailments and diseases that affect chicken health. Unless identified and treatment immediately initiated, some chicken diseases can cause death and/or easily spread and affect your entire flock.

Chicken Mites and Chicken Lice

Chicken Mites and Chicken Lice

If you are going to be raising chickens, you will be introduced to pests, such as chicken mites and lice soon enough. They can be brought in by migratory birds, animals and other carriers. It is also possible that these are already in the environment or spread via other chickens that you have just newly acquired from other breeders. Pest management is vital to chicken health and to raising happy chickens.

How to safely catch and handle your chickens

How to safely catch and handle your chickens

One of the most pleasurable experiences that you can ever have in chicken raising is when you are able to carry them and pet them. However, doing this is not at all that easy.

Clipping a Chicken’s Wings

Clipping a Chicken’s Wings

If you are going to clip your chickens’ wings, here are the things to consider about chicken health. Chickens are interesting birds as far as their ability to fly is concerned. While some birds use their wings as their primary means of transport, domesticated chickens prefer to be grounded. They have relatively limited flying powers. This is attributed to the fact that their body weight is much heavier in relation to their wings. Thus, they don’t fly as high or stay in the air as long as other birds.