I am going to be looken at some...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicken Girl, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bantam Cochins today. I was woundering what i should be looking for as far as health. I have healthy birds and i would die if my flock got sick! So do any of you guys have any advise that would be helpfull? Thank you so much!


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  2. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
    You don't want:
    watery or matted eyes
    bubbles in eyes
    runny or matted nose with a foul smell
    dull, matted, or mottling feathers (This is still heavy mating season, so a mature hen with some missing back/head feathers may not be any cause for concern except for her looks value. She'll molt and get new feathers.)
    black, purple or white comb (should be healthy pink or red)
    a sharp protruding breast bone as that could mean it is underweight and sickly.
    a rattling in the chest when breathing
    poo encrusted bottom
    scales on legs that are rough and turned up from mites
    mites among the feathers (check around vent or under wings) -- treat new birds for mites whether you see them or not.
    twisted beak or crooked toes
    hunched down and head/neck tucked in. (You want to see the bird walking around and holding its head high.)

    I think that covers it. [​IMG]
     
  3. BeccaOH

    BeccaOH Morning Gem Farm

    Oct 3, 2008
    east central Ohio
  4. Chicken Girl

    Chicken Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good. Thanks much. Now i just have to find a place to put them lol



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