Preventing Diseases In Your Bantam ChickensBy
Preventing Diseases in your Bantam Chickens
Diseases in your Bantam chicken coop can be a nightmare and the last thing you want is your feathered friends to be suffering with an illness. This Bantam chicken blog will look at ways to prevent diseases and includes a handy list of the most common poultry diseases. We will also point you in the direction of an informative resource to recognise the symptoms of each disease and ways to treat each one.
Do you want to avoid “running around like a headless chicken” because one of your flock has a terrible disease? Make sure you are not caught with “egg on your face” because you have not done all you can to prevent disease in your Bantam chicken coop. Prevention is the key to a happy flock. Follow our handy tips to ensure you are doing all that you can for your chickens to remain disease free.
- Spend time with your Bantam chickens. Not only will your flock enjoy your company but you will be able to keep a close eye on their behaviour, the look of their droppings and the appearance or their feathers to ensure that you spot anything unusual quickly. This will enable you to deal with any symptoms straight away and prevent the spread of diseases.
- If you do find a sick bird and realise you have gained a “bad egg” make sure you keep it away from the rest as quickly as you can to ensure the disease does not spread through them all.
- Make sure you have regular cleaning routine in your chicken house. Keep all food, water dishes clean and contained and use appropriate cleaning products as often as possible.
- Rodents carry diseases so it is very important to prevent rodent’s living around and under your coop. Please refer to our previous blog on rodent prevention for further guidance on keeping rodents under control.
- Avoid giving your chickens any scraps of food. This may be mouldy or contaminated and we all know you love your flock so don’t give in and risk disease.
Some common symptoms of disease include: Coughing, wheezing, labored breathing, warts/scabs, swollen joints, loss of feathers, reduced egg production, thin egg shells, fever, abscesses or open wounds, paralysis, twisting of neck/head, discharge from nose/mouth, diarrhea/blood in stool, not eating/drinking, weight loss, retarded growth, lack of coordination, or an enlarged abdomen.
Below are the common poultry diseases. You can find out more about each one including, symptoms and treatment at: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
- Fowl Pox
- Newcastle Disease
- Infectious Bronchitis
- Quail Bronchitis
- Avian Influenza
- Infectious Coryza
- Infectious Laryngotracheitis
- Turkey Rhinotracheitis
- Swollen Head Syndrome
- Mycoplasma gallisepticum
- Mycoplasma synoviae
- Mycoplasma meleagridis
Viral Diseases (non-respiratory)
- Marek’s Disease
- Lymphoid Leukosis
- Infectious Bursal Disease
- Equine Encephalitis
- Avian Encephalomyelitis
- Egg Drop Syndrome
- Infectious Tenosynovitis
Non-respiratory Bacterial Diseases
- Fowl Cholera
- Necrotic Enteritis
- Ulcerative Enteritis
Don’t be a “bird brain” – by following these simple tips you will significantly decrease the risk of diseases within your Bantam chicken flock. For more information, guidance and support please head over to our contact us page. Send us a message or give us a call and we will be happy to see what we can do to help.