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Eyeworm in chickens

Eyeworm in chickens

Eye worm, also known as Oxyspirura mansoni, are nematode parasites that primarily infect the eyes of birds, including chickens. These tiny worms, measuring around 1 to 2 centimetres in length, reside in the tear ducts and surrounding tissues, causing discomfort and...

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What is sour crop and how do you treat it?

What is sour crop and how do you treat it?

If you have chickens, you know how important it is to keep them healthy and happy. Today, I wanted to talk about a common issue that chickens can face: sour crop. Sour crop is a condition that occurs when the food in a chicken's crop doesn't move through properly and...

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Do chickens need shell grit?

Do chickens need shell grit?

Adding shell grit to your chicken's diet is vitally important - it’s essential to their digestive system healthy and functioning well, and helps to ensure they have access to the nutrients their bodies demand. What is shell grit? Shell grit is a chicken dietary...

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Chickens’ and rain

Chickens’ and rain

Chickens are generally fine being in the rain as long as they have a waterproof shelter they can retreat to on-demand. Most chickens are sensible and will seek shelter when there is heavy rain. If you have younger birds, they may not understand and may need some...

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What is bumblefoot and how do you treat it?

What is bumblefoot and how do you treat it?

Bumblefoot is the term used to describe an infection on a chicken’s foot; it is referred to as “plantar pododermatitis” by medical professionals. Bumblefoot is characterised by swelling, sometimes redness, and often a black or brown scab on the bottom of the foot. ...

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How to recognise Fowl Pox in chickens

How to recognise Fowl Pox in chickens

Fowl Pox is a very painful slow-developing viral infection affecting both chickens and turkeys. It is quite common throughout Australia, especially in summer, when flies and mosquitoes are everywhere. There are two types of fowl pox: wet and dry. A chicken can be...

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Why do chickens need sunlight?

Why do chickens need sunlight?

Chickens get very uncomfortable in warm and hot weather, however they do need some sunlight to survive. Just like humans, chickens need sunshine too. The UV rays from the sun provide essential Vitamin D to both people and pets. Vitamin D is essential for backyard...

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