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Common Problems

Coccidiosis

Coccidiosis  Rate it

  • At risk:
    • Chicks
    • Can effect mature chickens, but is much less likely as birds mature
  • Symptoms:
    • Loose, watery and/or bloody droppings
    • Lack of energy
    • Reduction in egg production
    • Death
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Pasting up (i.e. when chick’s dropping get stuck  to their vent)

Pasting up (i.e. when chick’s dropping get stuck to their vent)  Rate it

  • At risk:
    • Chicks that have loose or watery droppings
  • Symptoms:
    • Hardened droppings accumulate around the vent area
    • Eventually chick is unable to eliminate fecal matter
    • May be coupled with chicks dying in the case of disease
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Egg Binding (i.e. 2 eggs get stuck inside the  vent)

Egg Binding (i.e. 2 eggs get stuck inside the vent)  Rate it

  • At risk:
    • All hens that lay eggs
  • Symptoms:
    • Hen may appear to struggle while trying to lay an egg
    • Egg may be visible at her vent but not coming out
    • You may be able to feel an egg with your lubricated finger just inside the vent
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Mites (e.g., red mites, northern fowl mites,  scaley leg mites, or lice)

Mites (e.g., red mites, northern fowl mites, scaley leg mites, or lice)  Rate it

  • At risk:
    • All chickens
  • Symptoms:
    • Tiny red or black spots on a chickens body
    • Tiny specs moving on eggs or in a nest
    • Leg scales that protrude out causing birds to walk with stiff legs
    • Tiny eggs grouped together at base of feathers
    • Feather damage
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Parasitic Worms (e.g., roundworms and flatworms)

Parasitic Worms (e.g., roundworms and flatworms)  Rate it

  • At risk:
    • Chickens raised in outdoor environments that are infested by eating things on the ground
    • Chickens raised in cages that are infested by eating flying insects
  • Symptoms:
    • Weight loss
    • Weakness or droopiness
    • Diarrhea
    • Gasping, coughing or shaking of the head
    • Death
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