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Poultry Farmer's Guide to Noticing a Sick Bird

It is very important to observe your birds every day so that in case you have a sick or injured bird you will notice it in time to remove it for treatment.

Becoming accustomed to your bird's normal behavior, and observing them daily is a good idea. Your birds all should be active and have nice bright eyes, healthy red or pink combs, and their feathers should be clean, glossy and well preened. (Keep in mind that there are exceptions to these last two while your birds are going through their annual molt).

Symptoms of sick birds include:

1. Moving slowly, and not interested in eating food

2. Not eating or drinking

3. Huddling on the roost or floor during the day with closed eyes

4. Head pulled tightly in

5. Droopy wings and tail

6. Heavy or strained breathing

7. Decreased egg production

8. Straining

9. Very soft eggs with soft shells.

10. Ruffled feathers (Keep in mind that hens will sometimes ruffle their feathers when cold)

11. Pale or purple comb, and wattles

12. Cloudy, leaky, swollen, or watery eyes

13. Sneezing, wheezing, or coughing

14. Swollen legs or feet

When you have a sick or injured bird, it is best to separate it as soon as possible.

Inspect the sick bird's weight, vent, face, mouth, and nostrils and look for blood, scabs, and other signs of injury. Also, check for mites and lice, and inspect the bird's legs for scaly leg mites.

The right colour of droppings is black and white! Once it turns to another color of diarrhea, then the birds are sick!!!

Treat the bird, watch for some time before sending it back to the flock.

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