None of us ever want our chickens to turn up sick; but sometimes, there's not a lot we can do to avoid it. Certain diseases of backyard poultry are more common than others.
We've put together a quick guide to recognizing illness, remedying the problem and protecting your flock, and a handful of the most frequently-seen ailments.
Common Diseases of Backyard Poultry
We find that the majority of backyard poultry seems to fall ill with one of these:
What to Do-- Natural and Medicinal Treatments
Obviously, the exact steps you should take to help your chicken (or chickens) depend on what negative symptoms you've observed. Some things to try include:
How to Protect Healthy Chickens
There are a number of things that chicken owners can do to prevent the spread of disease:
How to Protect Yourself
Keeping yourself and your birds healthy isn't exactly rocket science, but it does take a little work. The good news is that you'll be rewarded with a happy, thriving flock!