Monday, 13 August 2018

How to Check Your Chickens For Illness

Things to Look for

Pale comb (  Usually seen in battery hens) -

This could be a sign of worms, frostbite or change in surrounds (like battery hens).  

Coughing, running nose -

Usually respiratory problems or a symptom of another illness.  

Cloudy, runny or dull eyes -

This is usually conjunctivitis or a symptom of another illness.  

Weight loss and/or Appetite loss -

This is most likely a sign of coccidiosis, worms or heat stroke 

Patchy/loss of feathers -

Lice or mites, stress (pulling out feathers themselves), a rough cockerel or being bullied is usually the cause.  

Weird Behaviour 

Gasping for air -

Heat stroke,  worms (gape) or severe stress 

Mouth open breathing -

Stress due to surroundings or illness 

Pulling out their own feathers - 


Sleeping on the floor - 

Severe Illness 

Limp or having convulsions - 

Dehydration or heat stroke 

Shaky wings, walking like a penguin + squatting - 

Egg Bound 

What To Do 

It really depends on the chicken.  Sometimes you can help the chicken yourself like stopping them being stressed, treating them for mites/lice and giving them wormer.  I would say for everything else you should call a vet.  If you are new to chickens then call a vet if you notice anything for advice.  People who have had experience with chickens may be able to treat for slightly worse illnesses.  


I am not any type of animal expert but instead only an animal lover who wants to share her tips.  Please consult relevant animal specialists and do not only take my advice.

 The Rider's Pets


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