A chicken with bumblefoot might stand on one foot or have trouble walking normally.
Gently touch the pad under the foot. Compare both feet.
If the foot in question feels harder or if you feel a lump, the chicken probably has bumblefoot.
Bumblefoot is common and it is treated with antibiotics and seclusion.
We gave penicillin to Olivia which made the hard lump go away entirely in five days.
Joey also suffered from bumblefoot and antibiotics were not enough to conquer the infection. Below are images of the bottom of his foot before and after we lanced the wound.
Chickens are compelled to peck at exposed skin.
An easy way to hide bare skin is to apply food coloring.
The food coloring is harmless and wears off after a few days.
Do not dilute the food coloring with water
or it will take longer to stain the skin.
Food coloring can be mixed together
to create other colors that blend in with the feathers.
If the coloring is lightly brushed all over a white hen,
she will enjoy the new look as if she just left the beauty salon.
Milenko Domingo stained his white feathers when he decided to roll around in a pile of ashes, so rather than having him appearing dirty, we decided he looked better pink.
Applying iodine helped dry and speed up the course of the ordeal.
Verlane caught fowl pox from a mosquito bite.
The following article is not intended to be good advice.
We do not promote reckless care toward any animal
nor do we intend to encourage frantic, panicking behavior.
This was an accident that worked out for the best.
After spending previous summers without incident, I did not
expect to find any of my chickens to be in serious danger from the heat.
On this day, the unusually high humidity along with the typical scorching heat proved to be too much for one of my bantam roosters.
While doing a routine check, I discovered the little rooster slumped over
and scooped him up to see what was wrong.
His eyes were rolled into the back of his head
and his head hung down swinging from his very limp neck.
Quickly, I brought him into the house to cool and hydrate him.
His condition did not change.
Regretting that I did not find him sooner and starting to lose hope,
in tears I held the dying bird close to me with one hand
and attempted to prepare a mixed drink for myself with the other.
While trying to properly place the pitcher into the base of the blender in my distraught state, the lid, container, ice, and juice suddenly slipped and spilled all over the counter.
The room began to spin and I started to panic.
Consumed with the need to flee, I escaped with the rooster into the backyard, leaving the mess behind in the kitchen.
Minutes later my husband found me in the yard holding the chicken
and frantically explaining the current ordeal to a friend on the telephone.
My husband produced something in a shallow dish for the dying chicken to drink and even though it was thoughtful and kind of him to try, I was convinced I would be digging a grave soon, considering I failed to get the rooster to drink even a sip of cool water earlier.
Still uncertain what it was exactly that caused this reaction,
we watched the little bantam take a small sip.
Almost instantly his eyes opened and he leaned forward
to drink up more of the liquid, drinking faster and faster.
The concoction revived him and brought him back to life!
Later that night I asked my husband what it was that he gave to the rooster.
He told me someone spilled something all over the counter in the kitchen
and it was this yellow sticky beverage that he gave to the chicken.
It was the mixed drink I tried to blend earlier.
Specifically, orange juice and Smirnoff Ice(R).
My husband saved his life.
Sadly, the little rooster was unsteady on his feet
for many days following, but eventually he recovered.
To me he will always be my little prince.
To everyone else, he is known as the
black cochin frizzle bantam rooster we call Richard.
Richard, My Little Prince
Poultry lice do not live on humans.
Poultry lice are nasty parasites that want to live on your chickens,
especially on the neck and head, under the wings, and around the vent.
Poultry lice are fatal to baby chicks.
The poultry lice will consume a baby chicken, quickly
depleting them of iron making them weak and anemic.
The eggs of the lice are usually found at the base of feathers often around the vent
and will look similar to the tip of a cotton swab when they are thriving.
Apply any ordinary shampoo to the base of infested feathers without adding any water.
The shampoo coats the feathers and suffocates the lice.
Allow the shampoo to dry for a day or two then dunk the bird in water a few times to wash out the shampoo. The feathers are left clean and the chicken will smell fantastic.
Poultry lice can be controlled by applying
petroleum jelly directly on the infested chicken.
The petroleum jelly suffocates the eggs and stops adult lice from crawling around as if they stepped in glue.
Try to apply the petroleum jelly only at the base of the feathers and on their skin as it is difficult to wash off and attracts dirt.
It is common for mites to start infesting at the comb or neck.
Mites like to invade the feathered regions where they leave the feathers broken and rough.
Mites are difficult to see but can appear as small black or red dots.
When the mites feel like taking residence under the scales of the shanks, they are known as Scaly Leg Mites.
Slowly the mites cause damage to the scales on the feet. The scales will no longer lie flat.
Applying petroleum jelly after soaking the feet in soapy water will suffocate the mites after several treatments every two or three days.
Scaly Leg Mites
Fleas are easily seen on wet feathers. Fleas are found mostly at the base of the feather shaft where they enjoy their time destroying the feather.
Fleas have been a problem for us just once and infested two of our birds. The birds took several baths before the fleas finally went away.