Moulting and Feather Damage Chickens go through a natural moulting process after summer as the weather becomes colder. Your birds won't look their normal beautiful selves for a few weeks! Birds will lose their glossy feathers from the head down and they will be replaced by new pinfeathers. This … [Read more...] about Common Chicken Problems
Worms Back garden flocks can be affected by parasitic worms just as much as larger scale commercial farmers. Intestinal worms such as roundworms, hair worms and caecal worms can cause weight loss and reduced appetite, dullness, diarrhea and a drop in egg production however some birds may show no … [Read more...] about Parasites
Back-garden chicken coops are increasingly popular, particularly in Sussex and we see quite a few chickens every year at Heathfield Vets. Whether they are kept as pets or as an egg producing flock, chickens can make a wonderful addition to your family. If you are thinking of welcoming some … [Read more...] about Setting Up A Chicken Coop
What we feed our animals affects their health and happiness, just like dogs and cats, chickens can suffer if they don't get the right nutrients in their diets or eat too many treats. It's important to keep feeders clean and to always provide fresh, clean water for your flock. Pellet Food A good … [Read more...] about Feeding Your Chickens
Chickens make wonderful pets with the added bonus of tasty eggs throughout the year too! Keeping your chickens healthy and happy is a big responsibility and if you're a new keeper of a back garden flock, it can be daunting to know when something is wrong or not. Your birds should be checked … [Read more...] about The Chicken M.O.T – Is Your Hen In Good Health?