Flock Health Scenario #1:
you are losing a few birds, but not quickly

There are a lot of possibilities in this scenario.  Here's a run-down of some diseases that usually follow that pattern, but you'll want to confirm any suspicions with our Symptom checker:

Flock Health Scenario #2:
you are losing birds, and it's passing quickly or they are dying soon after symptoms show up

Your flock is in crisis!  There's a good chance you have one of these four problems/diseases in your flock:

Find out what it could be by symptom:

If you're not sure what symptoms your birds have, consider these questions when thinking it through:

  1. Lethargic - Do your birds seem to huddle, hang out on the roosting bar all day or just lack energy?
  2. Ruffled Feathers - Do their feathers look rumpled and rough, like they just rolled out of bed and forgot to comb their hair?  Do they look especially dull when they are usually shiny?
  3. Respiratory - Are they sneezing, have a swollen face, rattled breathing, nasal discharge or bubbly eyes?
  4. Limping/Lameness -Are they having trouble walking or do they have an awkward limp?  
  5. Pale Comb/Face - Is their face and comb a pale pink instead of a nice, bright red? 
  6. Weight Loss - Are your birds looking smaller than usual, lacking their usual plumpness?
  7. Drop in Egg Production - Did your egg production drop unexpectedly? 
  8. Lesions/Sores - Do you see any sores or scabs on their unfeathered parts or in their mouth? 
  9. Diarrhea - Are your birds' stools loose instead of firm with a nice, white cap or are they an unusual color?
  10. Decreased Appetite - Do they seem uninterested in food when it is offered, even if you throw out some scratch?
  11. Swollen Face/Eyes - Does it seem like the area around their eyes and face are puffy or even warm to the touch?
  12. Discoloration - Is their head discolored in any way, not just pale but with a bluish or darkened look?

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A righteous man cares about his animal's health...

Proverbs 12:10a