Why are my chickens dying

Chicken diseases overview

Even with the best stall hygiene, high-quality feed and plenty of exercise, chicken diseases can occasionally occur. In the following we give an overview of the more harmless, but also the serious chicken diseases. Recognizing symptoms, diagnosing disease, and effective means of healing.

Vaccination is only required for Newcastle disease. A disease that affects all ages and can destroy the entire population in an instant. A similar clinical picture is encountered in avian influenza. Here, too, there is the possibility of vaccination, but this is controversial in specialist circles. Although it prevents the outbreak of the disease in the vaccinated chickens, it does not prevent the pathogenic viruses from shedding. If this epidemic is suspected, the entire population is therefore killed and destroyed to prevent it from spreading.

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Serious chicken diseases such as Newcastle disease, avian influenza and smallpox are extremely rare. Much more often it is more harmless diseases such as diarrhea and chicken cold, which can be cured quickly with simple means.

Birdpox is another bird disease that has been known for a long time; therapy is not possible. The infection occurs through direct contact with sick chickens, whereby the risk of infection is 100 percent. However, birdpox infection rarely leads to death.

Overview of the most common chicken diseases

Below we present the most common chicken diseases and bad habits.

Common chicken diseases

Diarrhea in chickens

As a keeper, chicken diarrhea is a common occurrence. The causes can be quite diverse, from a rather harmless feeding error to a serious infectious disease or an infestation with parasites ...

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Calcareous legs in chickens

Unfortunately, parasites are a widespread problem in poultry farming from which only a few chicken farmers or their chickens remain free. But what do limestone bones have to do with parasites? The…

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Coccidiosis

At some point it meets every chicken farmer: coccidiosis! It is one of the most important and most common diseases that occur in connection with chicken farming and is also an ...

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Marek's paralysis

If chickens suddenly hobble, it could be a serious problem: Marek's disease. Also known as Marek's palsy, it describes a (herpes) virus disease in chickens. ...

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Mycoplasmosis

There are numerous infectious diseases that afflict our chickens. Some of them can be assigned to exactly one cause, others in turn depend on influencing factors in order to lead to the outbreak ...

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Newcastle disease

One of the most devastating diseases that can break out in the domestic poultry population is Newcastle disease, commonly known as avian influenza or pseudo-bird plague. A viral disease that not only affects chickens - ...

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Runny nose in chickens

Your nose is runny, your throat is scratchy and you could just lie in bed all day. Our chickens feel very similar when they catch a chicken cold. They too have to ...

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Bird flu

Avian flu is a flu-like infection of birds. It is also known as avian influenza; aviär is derived from the Latin word avis and means something like "on birds ...

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Chicken diseases overview

Even with the best stall hygiene, high-quality feed and plenty of exercise, chicken diseases can occasionally occur. In the following we give an overview of the more harmless, but also the serious chicken diseases. ...

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Preventing disease in chickens

Vaccinate chickens

Vaccinations are an issue not only in humans, but also in chickens. It is certainly much easier for the hobby chicken farmer to come up with the right plan for vaccinating chickens for his stock ...

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Recognize the sick chicken

There are innumerable diseases that can make life difficult for our feathered housemates. Some of them are serious and lead to death if left untreated, others sound again even without treatment ...

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Coccidiosis is one of the most frequently diagnosed poultry diseases. This mainly affects young animals in the first few weeks of life, which become infected with the tissue parasites excreted in the faeces of the other chickens. Their immune systems are not yet mature, which makes the chicks particularly vulnerable.

After an infection, the immunity against coccidia develops. Even with the most meticulous cleanliness, almost every chicken farmer whose chickens come into contact with feces has to deal with these parasites at some point.