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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Mtonimac, Dec 27, 2014.
I want to breed chicken so how to tell if chicken sick before I breed them
I'm new to the forum
Hello and welcome to BYC! Chickens with ailments are often slow and lethargic and may loose weight quickly and produce irregular droppings. They also just generally look distressed or not normal. You may want to check other places in this forum and perhaps start a thread somewhere else. We are always happy to help.
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There is a great chapter In Chicken Health for Dummies book on performing an examination on chickens for health assessment.
Also, here's a link that describes what to look for: http://www.bhwt.org.uk/cms/hen-examination-guidelines/
Good luck on selecting your breeders.
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Welcome to BYC! We're glad to have you.
These are some common signs of a sick chicken:
Loose, runny, or off-colored (greenish, yellowish, etc) droppings
Lethargy. Birds may just sit around listlessly and get picked on by other birds.
Ruffled feathers. Most sick birds will puff themselves up and look miserable.
Lack of appetite
Inability to walk or trouble standing
Mishapen pupils to the eye
Hard, small crop, or large squishy crop with a foul odor coming from the beak
Scabs and lesions on the comb and wattles or a cheesy substance in the throat
Gasping, wheezing, sneezing, coughing, gurgling
Sudden drop in egg laying
Mishapen eggs with wrinkly shells (not always a sign of sickness, though)
Protruding breastbone and weight loss
These are just some of the symptoms that sick birds can show. Specific diseases have their own set of symptoms.
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Wyandottes7 gave you a good list of common disease symptoms.