Think your chicken is depressed? Has Tom Turkey stopped strutting? Birds often show signs of illness in subtle ways and it may be hard to detect. The first step to knowing if your chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or other feathered friend is sick is to know what is normal for your flock. We recommend that you start by watching your birds for a short time every day. Observation is a great tool for both veteran poultry farmers and new owners. Be sure to keep a record of your observations so that you don’t have to guess if something has changed.
Even though we’re guessing that your chicken has lower standards of cleanliness than you do, it's important to clean their coop at least once every week. The good news is, the more you rake out the coop, and the less build-up there is, the less time it will take. But why is coop cleanliness important, and just how clean does a coop actually need to be? By the end of this article, you’ll have the answers you need to keep your feathered friends healthy and out of harm’s way. Spotting Disease Just like dogs, cats, and humans, birds are