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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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What is gapeworm?

What is gapeworm?

Gapeworm is a parasite that lives in the flesh of the bird’s throat and causes intermittent wheezing and gasping. Many people mistake the difficulty a bird has with breathing as some kind of respiratory infection and may give their birds an antibiotic. This won’t help...

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First aid for chickens

First aid for chickens

Chickens are like all other animals that can become injured or sick and require immediate care in order to recover.  A fight can occur between birds causing injury, or your bird could be attacked by a predator. You can easily do the basics with a few pointers....

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Apple Cider Vinegar for chickens

Apple Cider Vinegar for chickens

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can work wonders for your chooks - naturally! It can be used to help ward off infection by boosting the immune system. Unpasteurised is the best. It's this raw, unprocessed type that contains the "mother". The "mother" develops during...

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Chicken Poo Guide

Chicken Poo Guide

Your chicken’s poo will differ depending on what they eat and the season, but can also be an indicator of their health.  A good guide is to monitor your chicken's poo and note any differences. By monitoring your chicken's output, you can often get an early...

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