It is important to be able to identify what is healthy in a hen and what is not.
When you come to choose your hens, we will show you what to look for. If you know what to look for in a healthy hen, when you get to know your hens, you should be able to spot any signs of them being unwell or under the weather.
Eyes should be bright and there should be no crusts, swelling around the eyes, discharge or bubbles coming from the eyes.
Nasal areas should be clean with no discharge, crusts or mucus around the nasal area.
Scales on legs should be smooth and face downwards. No raised scales
Vent area should be clean
Hen should be alert and active
An unhealthy hen depending on what is wrong with it may:-
Sit hunched up, with tail down, feathers will sometimes be fluffed up
Be listless, have no or litte interest in eating, drinking or anything going on around it
Have breathing problems; rattly chest, sneezing or coughing
Discharge, crusts or swelling in or around the eye area
Dirty or mucousy nostril area
Have a soiled vent
There are a number of things you can do to keep your hens healthy:-
Worm them regularly
Check them for signs of external parasites
Monitor their food and water intake
Make sure feed is kept away from vermine
Clear up any dropped feed
Regularly collect eggs
Take time to watch the way they behave
Keep their coop clean and dry - disinfect on a regular basis
Check the coop for signs of red mite
Regularly wash drinkers and feeders
If your hen is unwell remove it from the coop to prevent spread to other hens
Consult an Avian Vet if you are concerned