The most common chicken health problems?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Gofygure, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Gofygure

    Gofygure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm currently working on a small book designed to help diagnose, prevent, and treat medical issues found in backyard chicken flocks. I have it divided up into diseases, injuries, and other physical ailments, and at this point I feel like I've got most of the major items covered. However, I'd love to hear from other chicken owners regarding what seems to pop up most often in your birds, and the more obscure troubles that took you forever to diagnose. Heck, if you'd like to weigh in on what you would want to see in a first aid book for small flock owners, I'd love to hear that as well. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. JerseyGiantfolk

    JerseyGiantfolk Overrun With Chickens

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    Respiratory Diseases, worms, where I live. And when chicks are bunched together, Marek's.

    Good luck~
     
  3. edatmv

    edatmv New Egg

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    What is wrong with a chicken when she twists her neck down under by her feet. Her head is upside down and her neck is twisted and she shakes and won't eat or drink.
     
  4. Gofygure

    Gofygure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like wry neck, which can be caused by injuries, vitamin deficiency, or a few diseases like Marek's and Newcastle. That one symptom probably isn't enough to pin the problem down, but I hope you get it sorted out.

    Thanks for the input, JGF.
     
  5. susan dunn

    susan dunn New Egg

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    I have a small game hen who is her own chicken. roosts in our trees instead of joining her chicken friends in the coop. She is molting at this time and has lost her tail but we see her walking backwards and some times in circles. Please help me I don't know if she is sick, terminal, or just crazy
     

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