Factoid

Chickens communicate with more than 24 vocalisations, each with a distinct meaning, including warning their friends about different types of predators or letting their mothers know whether they’re comfortable.

General Chicken Check-up

It’s good to keep an eye on your chooks to make sure they’re in top physical condition. Healthy chickens should be bright and alert with their tail up and looking active.

Droppings

One way of telling how healthy your chickens are is by their droppings. They should be firm and dark but 1 in every 10 droppings will take on the appearance of chip shop curry sauce. This is called caecal poo and is just an indication that the chickens gut is having a good clear out.

Loose looking droppings like diarrhea can sometimes be caused by a chicken eating too many slugs and worms but it’s best to keep an eye on them to make sure they’re not poorly. Their vent (bum) should be clean and clear too.

Chickens Comb

Unless you have a young pullet your hens should have bright red combs which stand firm (with the exception of certain breeds like a leghorns, which flops over). This indicates that the hen is in lay.

Bright Eyes

The chickens eyes should be clear and bright with no discharge. The same applies to the nostrils.

If your chickens are looking a little bit poorly, check out our common ailments page for more information on illnesses and treatment.

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