Mother Hen Tips - Check Your Chooks!

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 01 December 2018

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Hello chicken keepers!

Chicken health is a mystery wrapped in a feathery enigma sometimes. One of the biggest concerns for myself and the keepers I speak to is determining whether or not our girls are healthy and happy. Chickens can display the same symptoms for a myriad of problems, so it can be hard to tell what ails ‘em. My Mother Hen Tips this week are easy ways you can check your chooks for sign of illness and what you can do to help your hurtin’ hens.

We have some great guides on how to deal with common chicken health issues that your chooks may face. For poultry worms, have a look here. To determine if your chicken has respiratory problems, have a peck here. And if your chickens are showing signs of mites or lice our quick fire guide will help you determine how best to treat them.

silkie chicken with healthy rose comb

Prevention really is the best medicine when it comes to chook health. These essentials help my flock stay flappin’ fit all year long.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Great for gut health and pest prevention! Add 1 ml per chicken per day to their water.
  • Diatomaceous Earth: Fantastic for pest prevention! Add a sprinkle to their dust bath spots and their hemp bedding.
  • Garlic: Assists in pest prevention and gut health! Add the dry skins to their nesting box and pop a couple of cloves into their drinker.
  • Wormwood: Repels pests and keeps intestinal worms away.

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Feathers Forever,

Kassandra x

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