Some preventative measures you can take to keep your flock healthy

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  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Here's a list of some common chicken diseases/problems and some tips I found to help avoid them. If anyone can/want to add to my list here, please do!

    Aspergillosis/ Brooder Pneumonia
    - Avoid conditions that promote fungal growth, such as wet litter or mouldy foods
    - Clean and disinfect equipment and air ducts regularly
    - Frequently move feed troughs and water dispensers.

    Botulism
    - Do not feed spoiled or rotten food

    Bumblefoot
    - Keep dry litter and avoid high perches
    - Do not keep chickens on excessively rocky/stoney/flinty ground
    - Eliminate sharp objects in the run/coop floor
    - Feed hens a high oat content mash, rather than crumbles

    Chronic Respiratory Disease
    - Purchase Mycoplasma free birds
    - Practice good sanitation, because it lasts on hands, clothes and boots for several hours
    - avoid dust, chilling and poor ventilation
    - Prevent rodent infestation
    - Prevent stress and ensure good nutrition

    Coccidiosis
    - Develop resistance in chicks
    - Rotate pastures frequently
    - Keep litter dry (not dusty) and restrict access to droppings
    - Give one clove crushed garlic per chick
    - Maintain vigilance for symptoms
    - Keep watering facilities away from litter
    - Ensure high standards of hygiene
    - Use resistant breeds: White Leghorn, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Red
    - Give Apple Cider Vinegar in drink water

    Crop Impaction
    -Give plenty fresh water
    - Avoid long, stemmy grass
    - Since the gizzard is poorly developed in very young chicks chicks, introduce grass slowly

    Diarrhoea
    - Provide grit and greens

    Egg bound
    -Feed seaweed and chopped cleavers in bran mash daily

    Feather pecking/Vent pecking/Cannibilism
    - Scatter whole grains, bales of hay in pens
    - Avoid large egg size by reducing levels of linoleic acid (flaxseed) and high energy levels when hens do not need it
    - Spend time in the chick brooder early on
    - Increase the time spend feeding (eating)
    - Ensure a balanced diet
    - Avoid stress
    - Avoid over-crowding

    Scaly Leg Mites
    - Add red & yellow cedar chips in nest boxes
     
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  2. CountryAgain

    CountryAgain Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for this information. It is very helpful for someone that is just getting started and still has a lot to learn.
     
  3. Mac14

    Mac14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, valuable info here. Thanks! :)
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Won't debate the value of this "information" but one question: how exactly does feeding crumbles as opposed to mash lead to bumblefoot?
     
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  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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  6. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Very good and useful information. Thanks!!!!!
     
  7. Redangler

    Redangler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great info, Thanks.
     
  8. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    I just wanted an answer to that one simple question: how is feeding crumbles linked to Bumblefoot while mash is not. In any given feed that's available in multiple forms [pellets,crumbles & mash] it's the same feed formula just presented differently so how does the crumble form lead to Bumblefoot?

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  9. theemon

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    I thought I read no cedar chips period.... Was that wrong?
     
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    Pullet Surprise Chillin' With My Peeps

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