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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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How to rat-proof the chicken coop

How to rat-proof the chicken coop

Did you know, a pair of rats can produce up to 2,000 descendants per year? This means a couple of rats around your chicken coop can quickly lead to a rat infestation if it goes unchecked. They are known to be carriers of diseases such as fleas, mites, plague, and...

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How to snake-proof the chicken coop

How to snake-proof the chicken coop

Signs you may have a snake around: You find regurgitated eggshells or snakeskin.There’s a dead chicken with a wet head. This is a sign that a snake tried eating the chicken but couldn’t swallow it.Chicks or chickens missing Snakes come into the coop for only three...

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How to fox proof the chicken coop

How to fox proof the chicken coop

Unfortunately, there are many chicken predators in Australia. Here's how to best fox proof your chicken coop. The European fox was introduced into Australia in the early 1870’s for the purpose of fox hunting. Not surprisingly, the fox population exploded since that...

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How to reduce flies in the chicken coop

How to reduce flies in the chicken coop

If you have chickens, you probably have flies. They’re pesky, disease-ridden, and abundant. Once they invade, they’re quick to colonise and almost impossible to exterminate. Flies thrive in warm, humid, and smelly conditions. They tend to congregate in areas where...

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🦟 Mites and Lice 🦟

🦟 Mites and Lice 🦟

Chicken Mites and Lice  Small insects – BIG problem. Mites and Lice are external parasites that like to live on your backyard chickens. Either parasite will drain your chooks of vitamins and minerals, leading to a variety of deficiencies and worst case, death. I...

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Scaly Leg Mites

Scaly Leg Mites

The scales on the legs of healthy chickens are smooth and lie flat. If you notice the scales on your chicken's legs starting to peel up, flake, or look dry, rough, crusty, and uneven, she could be suffering from scaly leg mites.  Eventually, thick white scabs will...

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