Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens
With directives on diagnosing and treating sick or ailing chickens, as well as general information on how to keep chickens in peak condition, Chicken Health For Dummies is your go-to guide on how to best care for and keep chickens.
Inside, you'll get everything you need to know about chicken health and wellness: an encyclopedia full of common and not-so-common diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures that chicken owners may encounter. Chicken Health For Dummies provides chicken owners with one handy, all-encompassing resource.
- Helps you identify potential hazards and signs of ill health in your chicken
- Shows you how to properly examine chickens to identify and isolate potential health issues before they spread to the rest of the flock
- An encyclopedia full of common and uncommon diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures for chickens
Chicken Health For Dummies joins Raising Chickens For Dummies and Building Chickens Coops For Dummies to round out the For Dummies reference library as a must-have resource for both rural and urban chicken owners.
About the Author
Julie Gauthier is board certified in veterinary preventive medicine. Rob Ludlow is the coauthor of Raising Chickens For Dummies and Building Chicken Coops For Dummies. He runs the leading chicken information resource on the web, www.BackYardChickens.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Healthy Chicken 7
Chapter 1: A Picture of Backyard Flock Health 9
Chapter 2: The Anatomy and Body Functions of the Happy, Healthy Chicken 19
Chapter 3: That’s What Chickens Do: Healthy Chicken Behavior 35
Chapter 4: More Than an Ounce of Prevention: Biosecurity for the Backyard Flock 47
Chapter 5: Keeping the Flock Clean and Comfortable 63
Chapter 6: Feeding the Flock Well 75
Part II: Recognizing Signs of Chicken Illness 87
Chapter 7: Inspecting the Flock and Examining the Sick Chicken 89
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting Common Illnesses in Adult Chickens 101
Chapter 9: Sizing Up Sick Chicks 123
Chapter 10: Sleuthing Subtle Signs of Illness and Mysterious Sudden Death 133
Part III: A Close-Up Examination of Chicken Woes and Diseases 145
Chapter 11: Accidents of Flock Management 147
Chapter 12: My Chicken Has What? Diseases Caused by Bacteria and Viruses 165
Chapter 13: Exterminating Chicken Parasites and Other Creepy-Crawlies 181
Chapter 14: Identifying Miscellaneous and Mystery Chicken Diseases 197
Part IV: Your Chicken Repair Manual (and Advice for When to Close the Book) 207
Chapter 15: Making a Diagnosis: Getting Advice or Going It Alone 209
Chapter 16: Medicating and Vaccinating Chickens 225
Chapter 17: Performing Chicken Maintenance and First-Aid Procedures 243
Chapter 18: Euthanizing a Chicken and Disposing of the Remains 261
Part V: The Chicken/Human Interface 273
Chapter 19: Can You Get That from a Chicken? 275
Chapter 20: Food Safety and Quality of Homegrown Eggs and Meat 283
Part VI: The Part of Tens 293
Chapter 21: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Chicken Health 295
Chapter 22: Ten Common Misconceptions about Chicken Health and Treatments 301
Appendix: Chicken Health Formulary 305
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great resource! Incredibly informative, well organized. Useful whether you are a hopeful future chicken owner, providing information on set up, space, chicken needs - the things that will help you get a good start and increase chances that everything will go great. Also useful if you have some experience and need a resource for those times when things don't go so well (mites - ick!) Includes information on organic rules and guidance for problems if you want an organic flock. Covers medical situations for times when you need that, but more important to me, it is a valuable resource on how to manage your chickens to help you avoid those medical problems.