Chickens, unfortunately, can’t talk. As such, it’s hard to tell what’s on their mind or how they’re doing. If your chickens aren’t feeling well, they can’t tell us, but there will be signs. Here, we go through some of the most common signs your chicken isn’t feeling well so you can get them back to full strength!
Their comb/wattle is discolored
If your chicken’s comb and wattle pale, limp, or discolored? If so, this could be a sign that they aren’t feeling well. They could be struggling with parasites, worms, or even blood loss. Additionally, if it looks red and scabby, then they may have been the victim of pecking or bullying from the other chickens. If the comb and wattle are black, they’re suffering from frostbite.
They have a mushy or empty crop
If a chicken’s crop feels mushy instead of hard and solid, then they may be struggling with a poor diet. An empty crop is cause for even greater concern, because this is a tell-tale sign that your hen isn’t eating.
Their eyes look dull
A chicken’s eyes should be bright and full of life. If they appear dull, then chances are they’re dealing with some sort of illness.
They have broken or dull feathers
When we don’t feel well, we don’t bother much with our appearances. Chickens are the same way. If their feathers appear broken or dull, then something could be amiss. Of course, missing feathers could also be a sign of molting or mating, so poor-looking feathers are not always a sign for concern.
These are just some of the many signs that your chicken isn’t feeling well. If you’re ever unsure, always take them to a vet to get them checked out. For more tips on how to care for your chickens, read through our blog or contact Chickens for Backyards today.