Chicken Illness and Disease
QUESTION Is the condition of the comb a reliable
indication of the health of a fowl?
ANSWER - Yes. If the comb is not its natural color, there is something
wrong with the bird.
QUESTION What could cause apparently healthy birds
to die suddenly without any ascertainable cause?
ANSWER - It is usually apoplexy. It is the result of a rupture of
one of the blood vessels of the brain, and may be caused by over-feeding,
or too stimulating food, or injuries. It may also result from violent
exertion or straining in laying eggs. Hens are often found dead
in the nest or under the perches from this cause. There is no remedy,
as the bird dies before the trouble is discovered.
QUESTION What are the symptoms of "egg bound"
and the remedy for it?
ANSWER - The fowl makes repeated unsuccessful attempts to pass the
egg and becomes listless with roughened plumage. A hard lump may
be felt in the posterior portion of the body. Inject a small quantity
of sweet oil and endeavor to remove the egg by pressure. Sometimes
it can only be removed by pricking the shell and allowing the contents
to escape, after which remove the shell with the fingers. In aggravated
cases the egg may break through the weakened tissue and escape into
the abdominal cavity, in which case the bird should be killed.
The above chicken illness and disease questions and answers were
taken from 'A
GUIDE TO SUCCESS WITH POULTRY - Over 900 Questions and Answers'.