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Chicken Vet Website

| October 14, 2011

On my farmingfriends forum when the members need to take their poultry to the vets there is often talk about whether their vets have a specialist in poultry. I am lucky where I live we have a local vets surgery with staff who are specially trained in avian veterinary. I am writing this post as [...]

Hen’s Sneezing

| October 9, 2011

Sneezing hens may have an upper respiratory problem and there can be discharge from the nose with this. Hens are prone to respiratory problems. There can be a number of causes: poor ventillation (droppings give off ammonia), sawdust (larger wood shavings sold in pet shops usually has the ‘dust’ extracted to prevent these problems), straw [...]

What Causes Curled Toes In Poultry?

| March 31, 2010

I have been asked what cause curled toes in poultry and waterfowl chicks. Curled toes is when the chick, keet or duckling is born with toes or feet that are curled up. This can be caused by a number of things: Curled feet can be genetic and due to inbreeding. It’s only safe to breed [...]

Tips If You Have Splayed Legged Chicks

| March 26, 2010

I received a couple of tips if your chicks have splayed legs that I thought would be useful to share. “Its my opinion from many years of hatching, that getting the splayed (spraddled) legged chick on 1/8 inch wire as soon as possible will correct most chicks with this defect. Keith” “My wife has cured [...]