The Doctor is In!
Chickens Are Sick”
Need A Chicken Doctor”
Although Cackle Hatchery is not a veterinarian we can provide you
with some excellent information and chicken health advice below:
-Start out by reading Cackle Hatchery’s FAQ,
you will find many common questions and answers about chicken health
-Check out many of our books about chickens and Chicken
-check out Cackle Hatchery’s Poultry
Diseases/Sickness and Treatments/Management on
our link page.
Fast Tips For Mail Ordered Chicks that may have had a
-have the brooder heated to 100 degrees ready to go, chicks will not
eat or drink unless their body temperature can get back to 100
degrees. Be sure there is room for them to get away from the heat.
-use real warm water first 2 hours, dip beaks quickly in water
-sometimes a few chicks lack the will to thrive if a stressful trip
happened, so dip all chicks beaks numerous times throughout first 3
-if using a wire mash floor, put paper towels down for first 2 days
so legs will not get stuck.
-medicated feed does not have enough amprol in the feed and we
recommend to do a 7 day dose of amprol in the water after the first
day of arrival. To quote Ben Franklin “an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure” . Do not give vitamins when treating with
Amprol because the B1 (thiamin) will negate the amprol treatment.
After treatment we recommend keeping probiotics in the water to
ensure good gut flora and immune digestive order. Always change out
new water mixture daily.
-schedule your day so you can be around to monitor the chicks for
first 24 hours.
-always read the complete instructions for “Care of Baby Chicks”.
arrive with eye/eyes shut and eye lids swelled or red. This is a
very rare happening! This happens sometimes with yellow chicks
during shipping. When they sometimes get stressed they peck at the
shiny black eyes that stand out against the yellow body. Dampen 6
times a day with moist cloth and triple antibiotic ointment also
helps on the skin part of eye. Generally clears in 5 days and
healed. Rarely have seen blindness.. this is a very rare happening
but does occasionally happen.