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Health Problems

Here we have provided some guidance on some of the common health problems your pet hens can encounter.
This section is not intended to replace professional veterinary help and isbased on our own personal experience and that of our supporters. If you would like to speak to one of our team, hen help and reassurance is just a phone call away on 01884 860084.

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Oral Canker

Oral Canker

Oral Canker (Avian Trichomonosis) is caused by a protozoan parasite (trichomonas gallinae) commonly found in pigeons and doves.

Prolapse

Prolapse

Every time a hen lays an egg she pushes out the inner lining of the vent slightly. In 99% of cases this shiny red protruding flesh immediately pulls back inside the hen.
In a small number of cases it doesn’t, resulting in a prolapse.

Lice

Lice

Lice are often found on hens that are debilitated or unwell, and live their entire lives on the body of the host chicken; adult lice shun sunlight and will quickly scatter when feathers are parted. They cannot spread to humans or other species.

Depluming Mite

Depluming Mite

The depluming mite (knemidocoptes gallinae) can infect most backyard fowl including chickens, ducks and geese. The mite burrows into the feather shafts and the skin surrounding the feathers.

Northern Fowl Mite

Northern Fowl Mite

The Northern Fowl Mite’s entire life cycle is spent on the host where it feeds on blood and is a source of irritation to the bird. Eggs are laid in masses at the base of the feathers, usually in the vent area.

Health Problem Mycoplasma

Mycoplasma

Mycoplasma (Gallisepticum and Synoviae) is a bacteria not a virus. Both can affect the kidneys and hens are not routinely vaccinated to prevent them catching it. Infected birds become carriers, remaining infectious for life, although some birds may become immune.

Salpingitis

Lash Eggs (Salpingitis)

Occasionally you may come across an abnormal object in the nest box that is neither egg nor dropping. This may be yellow or flesh-coloured and may look at first glance like a lump of sausage meat – this phenomenon is commonly known as a Lash.

Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot

Does your hen look as if she is wearing over-large carpet slippers? If so she might have Bumblefoot.

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Vent Gleet

Vent gleet is the common name given to a cloacal fungal infection caused by Candida albicans; it presents in a similar way to thrush. 

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