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Ever take your chickens temp?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dazlin, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Dazlin

    Dazlin In the Brooder

    Nov 5, 2007
    My sick rooster seems to be doing somewhat better. I thought I'd take his temp. It read 108 for several days.
    I tried a different thermometor, the same reading. I decided to take the temp of a healthy hen...her's read 106.
    According to my chicken health book, 103 is normal for adult chickens. Now I'm wondering, maybe Ralph (the roo) doesn't have a fever? Anyway, what's normal?
    How could a rooster with a high fever want to eat as well as he is?

  2. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    Temperatures will have a normal range depending on ambient temp, time of day, activity level, ect.
    Average temp for a chicken is listed as 103- temps in most species have a range- chickens included. 104 or 105 is normal for a duck! Dog & cat 100-102.5 is average. Human average is 98.2 with variance from ~97 to 100. A chicken with a temp of 108 is suggestive of inflammation or infection, but could be a stressed and struggling chicken who does not want to have his temp taken. Try taking temps at night for less struggle and less affect by the ambient temperature.

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