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