Chicken Health

Signs of Health

Physical
* Comb - correct size and color, look for changes
* Eyes - bright and clear
* Gait - alert and upright
* Feathers - smooth, shiny and in place
* Tail - carried correctly
* Legs - clean
* No fleas or lice
* Breathing - good, not rattling, no discharge
* Droppings - firm and dark with white tip
* Bodyweight - correct for age and breed. Weight loss is always a cause for concern.
* Smell - smells warm and pleasant (sniff nostrils and vent)

Behavior
* Noises - calm, contented, not silent
* Feeding and drinking normally
* Laying if hen and of a suitable age
* Putting on weight if still growing (up to around 18 weeks of age, although some breeds, like the Jersey Giant, can take up to 6 months)
* Moving around
* Preening
* Perching
* Dust bathing or sunbathing
* Sparring or mock fighting - in young birds

Chickens have a normal body temperature of 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius). This high body temperature means that a chicken can cope with most bacteria, which is important given that they are scavenger feeders. However, this should not be an excuse for poor hygiene or coop cleaning.

PLEASE NOTE.................
IF YOU WISH TO BUY EGGS PLEASE RESERVE YOUR DOZEN IN ADVANCE (BEFORE STOPPING BY) WE SELL OUT RATHER FAST.

RESERVE YOUR EGGS