Feb 7, 2015

How to Help a Sick Chicken

Finding a trained poultry veterinarian or any vet who will agree to treat chickens is extremely difficult, if not impossible and nothing leaves a chicken keeper feeling more helpless than not knowing how to help a sick flock member. This article addresses the basic guidelines to follow for caring for a sick chicken.
Finding a trained poultry veterinarian or any vet who will agree to treat chickens is extremely difficult, if not impossible for many and nothing leaves a chicken keeper feeling more helpless than not knowing how to help a sick flock member. This article covers basic guidelines to follow when caring for a sick chicken without a vet.
Typical appearance of a sick chicken. This article covers basic guidelines to follow when caring for a sick chicken without a vet.
Chickens offer subtle cues when they are under the weather and by regularly spending time with our flocks, we will be able to pick up on signs that they are sick. Common indications of a sick chicken include: hiding, inactivity, pale comb or wattles, unusual droppings, unusual posture, lethargy, lack of appetite and reduced egg production- all indications that closer observation is needed. 
Finding a trained poultry veterinarian or any vet who will agree to treat chickens is extremely difficult, if not impossible and nothing leaves a chicken keeper feeling more helpless than not knowing how to help a sick flock member. This article addresses the basic guidelines to follow for caring for a sick chicken.
Priority #1 is to provide a sick chicken with a quiet, protected, warm environment away from the flock where it can be observed closely. Separation from the flock keeps it protected from being bullied or pecked by other flock members and protects the rest of the flock from what may be a contagious condition.  I show a variety of sick bay setups in this article.
DOs & DON’Ts OF SICK CHICKEN CARE
DO ISOLATE
Priority #1 is to provide a sick chicken with a quiet, protected, warm environment away from the flock where it can be observed closely. Separation from the flock keeps it protected from being bullied or pecked by other flock members and protects the rest of the flock from what may be a contagious condition.  I show a variety of sick bay setups in this article.
Priority #1 is to provide a sick chicken with a quiet, protected, warm environment away from the flock where it can be observed closely.
DO HYDRATE
Priority #2 is to keep the sick chicken hydrated throughout the crisis even if that means offering water by spoon or dropper frequently.  Water is involved in every aspect of a chicken's metabolism from regulating body temperature to digesting food, and eliminating body wastes and if the bird is not hydrated, it does not stand a chance of fighting illness. 
Chickens offer subtle cues when they are under the weather and by regularly spending time with our flocks, we will be able to pick up on signs that they are sick. Common indications of a sick chicken include: hiding, inactivity, pale comb or wattles, unusual droppings, unusual posture, lethargy, lack of appetite and reduced egg production- all indications that closer observation is needed.
Adding a vitamin/electrolyte supplement into the drinking water for a day or two can help an already dehydrated chicken re-hydrate. In the absence of electrolytes, Gatorade may be substituted.
Food is much less critical than water initially for a sick bird. If the chicken is not eating independently, they can be fed by dropper, syringe or tube fed a liquid diet.
Food is much less critical than water initially for a sick bird. If the chicken is not eating independently, they can be fed by spoon,  dropper, syringe or tube fed a liquid diet. Layer feed can be can be crushed with warm water or warm milk to make a soupy mash, which a sick chicken may find enticing when little else does.
Food is much less critical than water initially for a sick bird. If the chicken is not eating independently, they can be fed by spoon,  dropper, syringe or tube fed a liquid diet.
Bird formula for hand-feeding.
DIGESTIVE SUPPORT
A poultry veterinarian shared with me that they prescribe ProZyme to their sick patients. ProZyme helps sick chickens produce the enzymes needed to digest feed properly and makes feed ingredients more bio-available when they most need them. Add 1/4 teaspoon per 1 cup of feed.
DO NOT ALTER THE DIET 
If the bird is eating and drinking normally, do not drastically change their diet by offering foods or supplements they do not ordinarily take- doing so can complicate the assessment and identification of the problem and make an unwell chicken feel even worse.
If herbal or other dietary supports have not already been a part of a chicken’s regular routine, they should not be offered during an illness. Work on building a healthy immune system after the chicken's health crisis has passed.
If herbal or other dietary supports have not already been a part of a chicken’s regular routine, they should not be offered during an illness. Work on building a healthy immune system after the chicken's health crisis has passed.

For example, garlic. Who wants a dish of garlic or a shot of vinegar on their nightstand when they’re ill? I don’t and wouldn’t give that to a sick chicken either. The only exception to this general rule would be a probiotic supplement in the water, which is a safe way to offer beneficial microflora to an ill chicken who is eating and drinking normally. 
If the bird is eating and drinking normally, do not drastically change their diet by offering foods or supplements they do not ordinarily take- doing so can complicate the assessment and identification of the problem and make an unwell chicken feel even worse.
DO NOT TREAT or MEDICATE RANDOMLY
Without knowing what the underlying issue is, randomly treating or medicating a sick bird can make their condition much worse and complicate the ability to determine the real problem. Do not rush to offer de-wormers, antibiotics, garlic, vinegar, molasses or oregano to a sick chicken.

ABOUT ANTIBIOTICS
Antibiotics should not be offered to a sick chicken arbitrarily. Many illnesses share similar symptoms and determining whether the cause of an illness is bacterial or non-bacterial is only possible through laboratory testing. 
Since antibiotics only treat bacterial infections:
  • they are useless and potentially harmful to chickens when:
  • administered for a non-bacterial infection
  • adminstered in the wrong dosage 
  • administered for the wrong period of time 
  • adminstered via the wrong route (eg: in the water, in the feed, injected into the muscle)
  • the wrong type of antibiotic is being administered 
The misuse of antibiotics can make the bird sicker and lead to antibiotic resistance in the flock. 
This is Esther, a 4 year old Easter Egger who was put to sleep by her vet. Necropsy revealed that she had extensive reproductive cancer.
This is Esther, a 4 year old Easter Egger who was put to sleep by her vet.
Necropsy revealed that she had extensive reproductive cancer.
Finding a trained poultry veterinarian or any vet who will agree to treat chickens is extremely difficult, if not impossible and nothing leaves a chicken keeper feeling more helpless than not knowing how to help a sick flock member. This article addresses the basic guidelines to follow for caring for a sick chicken.
DO TROUBLE-SHOOT 
In desperation, most of us without vets have or will turn to books or chicken-keeping friends for help trouble-shooting a sick chicken's symptoms. The following questions can be useful in narrowing down the range of possible problems: 
Age?
When was the last time she laid an egg? Is that normal for her?
Does she feel lighter or thinner than usual?
How long have the symptoms been present?
Any new additions to the flock recently?
Any other birds in the flock exhibiting any similar or other symptoms of illness?
Any bleeding, injury, broken bones, bruising or other sign of trauma?
Is the bird eating and drinking, normally? If so, what does the daily diet consist of? Any changes in the diet recently? Could she have eaten something poisonous?
Do the droppings look normal? Any worms in the droppings?
Does her crop feel full/empty/hard/soft? Does the crop empty overnight?
Is her abdomen hard, soft, full, squishy?
Are there any dirty feathers near the vent?
Any insects on the skin or feathers, particularly near the vent?
Any unusual lesions on the body, comb, wattles or in the mouth?
Is she sneezing, coughing, wheezing, having trouble breathing?
Is there any facial swelling?
Is there any nasal/mouth or eye discharge? Watery or bubbly eyes?
Once you have some idea about what could possibly be going on with your chicken, visit my Chicken Resources Directory for common chicken ailments and at-home treatments when a vet is not an option.
RESOURCES
Tap into any/all of the state, local and national professional resources listed here as needed.
Tap into any/all of the state, local and national professional resources listed here as needed.
Once you have some idea about what could possibly be going on with your chicken, visit my Chicken Resources Directory for common chicken ailments and at-home treatments when a vet is not an option.  I highly recommend having  The Chicken Health Handbook, 2nd ED, Damerow, Gail on hand for amateur diagnostics and trouble-shooting.

RE-INTEGRATE PROPERLY
When a sick chicken is well, they should be reintroduced to the flock as if they were a complete stranger to ensure a smooth transition, the least amount of stress possible and no violence. I recommend the Playpen Method for this purpose.
When a sick chicken is well, they should be reintroduced to the flock as if they were a complete stranger to ensure a smooth transition, the least amount of stress possible and no violence. I recommend the Playpen Method for this purpose.
DO HAVE A EUTHANASIA PLAN
The worst case scenario is always death and sometimes the kindest thing we can do for a chicken beyond saving is to help end their suffering kindly. The book Chicken Health for Dummies, has an excellent section on humane methods of euthanasia. Many vets, even those that do not treat chickens, will agree to euthanize a sick or dying bird. Find out who those vets are in advance of needing one.
The worst case scenario is always death and sometimes the kindest thing we can do for a chicken beyond saving is to help end their suffering kindly.  Many vets, even those that do not treat chickens, will agree to euthanize a sick or dying bird. Find out who those vets are in advance of needing one.
Locate your state veterinary diagnostic laboratory. Many labs will offer euthanasia services prior to a necropsy. Each state has a veterinary lab that will run tests and perform postmortem examinations on animals to determine the cause of death. Know where your lab is, how to contact them and which services they offer. **Always get a necropsy done on any bird that dies of unknown causes for the protection of the surviving flock members and for peace of mind.** 
Many vets, even those that do not treat chickens, will agree to euthanize a sick or dying bird. Find out who those vets are in advance of needing one.
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251 comments :

  1. Love it! I do have one question though... when setting up a seperate. safe place, what do you do about the nest boxes? A sick hen will, I assume, still need to lay eggs once they are well enough to do so. Will they adjust to laying their egg somewhere other than where they are use to in the coop?

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  2. Very informative article. It is a great read and a great starting point for first time chicken owners. I really liked the list of questions you provided. New chicken peeps are usually desperate to help a flock member but so unsure of where to start. Once a chicken captures your heart you will do anything you can to help them out. :)

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  3. Don't worry about a nest box. If they are going to lay an egg, they will do it wherever theyr'e standing.

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  4. Thanks for the helpful advise. Crossing my fingers for the Sarah tin!!!

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  5. Kathy Boyer2/7/15, 8:43 PM

    Looks great. Did Doc transition back into the flock yet?

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  6. Marsha Johnson Looper2/7/15, 8:46 PM

    Good to know!

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  7. THANK YOU for everything you do..... love love

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  8. Not yet- it's still much too cold (as you know as a neighbor to the north. :) )

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  9. Tiffany Overcash2/7/15, 8:53 PM

    LOVE THIS CHICKEN ART!!! ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿค๐Ÿฅ

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  10. Too cute!

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  11. Cathie Davis2/7/15, 8:54 PM

    yes, great article-blog...will want to order two health books for future reference..thanks for doing the work for us!

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  12. Janine Brooks2/7/15, 8:55 PM

    We have had several sick chickens in the past. As you did with Doc, we would bring them in to monitor and nurture back to good health. What I want to know is this: Is it true that you should put a hen down if she has been sick multiple times? . . . I ask as 'Breast,' one of my favorites of the girls, has gotten sick several times--the last time she lost a considerable amount of weight (down to 1.5 lbs.). She is very happy now, laying eggs okay, and as playful as can be. *And I would not mind wining the chicken tin.

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  13. Kimberly Swenson2/7/15, 8:55 PM

    Thanks! I enjoyed this post lots of great information to remind me what to look for. Love the questions to ask your self when your chicken is sick.

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  14. Love her work!

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  15. Jennifer Martirano2/7/15, 9:03 PM

    I'm so thankful for your blog! I have 25 chickers and you have been so helpful!

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  16. Thanks Kimberly- I hope it helps.

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  17. Heidi Lachapelle2/7/15, 9:07 PM

    Beautiful!

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  18. Love your blog

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  19. If the bird is repeatedly down due to the same condition, it would stand to reason that their quality of life is not what it should be. I am concerned about the weight of your chicken. If it is not a bantam, that is an extraordinarily unhealthy weight regardless of her appearing happy.

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  20. Lolita Hestand2/7/15, 9:13 PM

    I think the euthanasia plan is very important.

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  21. Mary Craft Marzofka2/7/15, 9:14 PM

    Great tips, thank you.

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  22. Beautiful tin and great post.

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  23. Christina Greutink2/7/15, 9:20 PM

    Thank you for such a wonderful article! I am so glad I have selected the right product for liquid diet feeding; hope I don't need it too often. Thanks again, Kathy.

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  24. Barbara Bogan Bealer2/7/15, 9:23 PM

    Such a wonderful sign...Sarah's chicken art is "right on the money"!

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  25. Thank you for your blog! We have 30 chickens and have learned so much from you. Love this chicken art and giveaway!

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  26. I can use all the help I can get thanks so much.

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  27. Great info as always. What a great service you provide.

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  28. Thank you for your blog. We have 30 chickens and have learned a lot from you. Love this chicken art and giveaway!

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  29. Tracy Jenner2/7/15, 9:33 PM

    This art is such fun I love it and this blog is so useful :)

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  30. Great information as always, thank you!

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  31. So useful! No sick birds for a while. But this is such a help.

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  32. Linda J. Walker2/7/15, 9:38 PM

    Thanks!

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  33. nancy weckbacher2/7/15, 9:40 PM

    Her signs are so beautiful, I would love to hang one in my kitchen.
    Love your articles, there very helpful.

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  34. I found a vet to treat my chickens by looking up the closest vet that treats exotics. There was one 15 miles from me! They treat all types of birds.

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  35. Heather W.2/7/15, 9:41 PM

    Great article! I already subscribe the the Chicken Art Newsletter, and I have one of Sarah's tin signs up on my wall. I love her art!

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  36. Alan Thomas2/7/15, 9:44 PM

    Love the sign she does great work hop I win

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  37. I'll have to remember this info for next time I have a sick chicken. We tried a couple of these things when my rooster got sick. I wonder if I knew about the rest, if he would have pulled through. I'll be more prepared in the future because of you. Thanks Chicken Chick for the great info.

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  38. Nana Rominger2/7/15, 9:59 PM

    I love Sarah's work

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  39. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS SIGN!!!!! <3

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  40. Thank you so much for the important info you give.I have learned a lot from you..

    Love the art....

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  41. Keeping an eye on my Mae. Stopped laying and has messy poop. Everything else seems ok.

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  42. Danielle Pearson2/7/15, 10:09 PM

    Adorable sign! And this blog was very informative. Thank you

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  43. Juli Morris2/7/15, 10:20 PM

    Please enter me in the giveaway. I love Sarah's art!

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  44. My chickens would love on of these in their coup!

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  45. Love the sign and always enjoy your e-mails.

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  46. Great information. The list of questions are good to have, so the right questions can be aswered and eliminated. Well done, again! :)

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  47. Good, helpful information. Thanks!

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  48. I have a 21 week old that had some sort of trauma to her leg and she started to peck at it. It resulted in a wound. It doesn't look like a big wound but all I can see what looks like clotted blood (it's still bleeding because she won't stop pecking at it). It cleared up and seems to be better, but this morning I noticed it was bleeding again. Today she had an Epsom salt soak and some Blu kote applied. She's isolated in a cage in our bathroom now. Is there anything else I can do for her? It's still bleeding as she keeps messing with it still.

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  49. I love wine signs - I used to have a miss piggy sign that read "A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and moi."

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  50. DreadPiratePatty2/7/15, 11:15 PM

    Thank you so much for this article, the list of questions for assessment are very helpful. It's important to educate folks on antibiotics and as you say, throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the poor little sick one.

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  51. Thanks for the good information and resources. I'm going to find out more about my state lab!
    Cute sign too!

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  52. Page Hollums2/7/15, 11:41 PM

    This sign makes me happy.. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to enter

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  53. Page Hollums2/7/15, 11:43 PM

    Also wanted to thank the chicken chick for the useful
    Information to help us care for hens and roo.

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  54. Brenda Cannon2/7/15, 11:47 PM

    Love this article Kathy! Miss seeing you on FB. I'm out the loop right now, but will be back under another name :)

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  55. Stephanie Craner2/7/15, 11:47 PM

    My books and you will get me through!

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  56. Teri Ferguson Scott2/7/15, 11:55 PM

    Love the sign and would love to have it!!

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  57. Joyce Huddlestun Steber2/8/15, 12:02 AM

    This blog and Sarah's newsletter are both great! Love the sign!!

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  58. Sharon Scott2/8/15, 12:14 AM

    All I want to do is pet my chickens and drink wine๐Ÿ˜‰. Thank you for the give~away! I would love to win this!

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  59. Shelby Murdock2/8/15, 12:30 AM

    Perfect!!! I love the sign!

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  60. Cady Kroschel2/8/15, 2:22 AM

    Great tips! Thank you! :)

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  61. Thanks Brenda. Are you in the Witness Protection Program now?? Come back soon!

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  62. Ronda Rollins Kiser2/8/15, 3:35 AM

    Thanks for the great info! It really helps since I'm new at raising backyard chickens.

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  63. juliann blad2/8/15, 4:58 AM

    Love wine! Love the sign!

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  64. Melissa Roman2/8/15, 6:31 AM

    Wonderful article. Thank you for all the information and guidance you provide. It's great to be a member of your flock :)

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  65. As always. Well written and very informative! Thank You! Your giveaways are always enticing as well! :)

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  66. Dina K. Wible2/8/15, 7:35 AM

    Lot of Great advice, thank you!!

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  67. Ginny Tata-Phillips2/8/15, 7:39 AM

    Love, love, love Sarah's art!

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  68. Good tips on sick chicken care. Lots of help for me, a new chicken person.

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  69. Thank you for all of the information you post .... I follow your recommendations on all issues that arise with my flock

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  70. Donna M Sarvay-Stone2/8/15, 8:13 AM

    As always Kathy great info, I keep all info in a special book incase needed. Thanks

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  71. Judi in SC2/8/15, 8:20 AM

    Thanks Kathy for all the great information! I always look forward to The Chicken Chick newsletter and am never disappointed! Your photography is just breath taking! I would certainly love to win this Chicken Art piece, it is beautiful and so whimsical! It would make a great addition to our home. Maybe I'll get lucky!
    Also just a reminder to everyone who enjoys Kathy's newsletter, order from Amazon thru her postings, it really doesn't cost you anymore.

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  72. lauren Flaherty2/8/15, 8:54 AM

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!

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  73. Marcia Varda Griffith2/8/15, 9:02 AM

    Love your blog...I used to gather eggs with my grandma!! Chickens are the Chic!!

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  74. Amy Hinman2/8/15, 9:02 AM

    Love the sign!

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  75. That sign is fantastic! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  76. Can't wait to start getting the newsletter! Chicken are my new love!

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  77. Always great advice

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  78. Alison Brinson2/8/15, 9:07 AM

    This sign is so cute!

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  79. I've had good luck with the probiotic water supplement. Saved a baby once. Now she's one of our show birds! ☺

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  80. suzanne reichert2/8/15, 9:16 AM

    too cute!!

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  81. Thanks for the great information

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  82. Barbara Bogan Bealer2/8/15, 9:24 AM

    Terrific sign!

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  83. Love the tin sign combining two of my loves--wine n chicks. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  84. Barbara Nichols2/8/15, 9:31 AM

    love reading your blog!!

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  85. This sign would be the perfect addition to my girls' coop art!

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  86. I enjoy reading your blog! I would love this for our new "(wo)man cave"!

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  87. Lori Twehus2/8/15, 9:34 AM

    Lots of helpful info! Great Tin...Thanks :)

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  88. cathyspears2/8/15, 9:38 AM

    I love the sign! Want it to hang by my front entrance! Thanks for the chance!

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  89. Crazy Chicken Farm2/8/15, 9:38 AM

    You are so inspirational to me. I love your blog. I would also like to be the winner of the wonderful sign.

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  90. Valerie Nelson2/8/15, 9:39 AM

    Just love Sarah's art! Thank you for a chance to win one of her signs.. Your information on sick chickens is so helpful to us.. Thanks for sharring.

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  91. Melissarae2/8/15, 9:41 AM

    Great read, would love to win the sign!

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  92. I don't know about you, but there's been a few times I could have used a little wine while treating a sick chicken ...... a broken leg for one, & being egg bound with a prolapsed vent for another are the first two that come to mind!

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  93. That sign, like your blog and fb posts, awesomeness!! :)

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  94. These tin signs are beautiful, I would love to win one.

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  95. This would look amazing in my kitchen

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  96. Thank you for all the chicken tips.

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  97. Deborah B.2/8/15, 9:57 AM

    Fortunately my 6 chickens are healthy, but you never know. Thank you for sharing this information.

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  98. The sign is great! And thanks for the tips!

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  99. Linda Lemiere-Zile2/8/15, 9:58 AM

    The sign is great as usual! I learn something new form you each week! Thanks

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  100. I love this!

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  101. Kimberly Austin2/8/15, 10:01 AM

    Thanks for the info. I started my care kit after trying to treat one of my girls with a prolapse vent. She didn't make it and I felt so bad.

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  102. Love the artwork. I have a rooster that looks just like that.

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  103. Denise Krough Britton2/8/15, 10:06 AM

    Great tips!!! I love this sign would look great in my wine room!!!!

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  104. Dawn Dawley2/8/15, 10:07 AM

    Super great article! Thanks for the tips!

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  105. Ruth Hartzog2/8/15, 10:15 AM

    A must have to match my T-shirt!

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  106. Melanie Jones2/8/15, 10:25 AM

    Thanks for the helpful tips!

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  107. Always such great info on your blogs! I love the fact that you also support other chicken entrepreneurs. Thank you from me and my flock!

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  108. Liz Vanzant2/8/15, 10:41 AM

    LOVE THE SIGN and the great tips!

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  109. Janine Brooks2/8/15, 10:42 AM

    Breast. a white sex link, was sick in late December 2014, so we isolated her feeding her medicated feed and lots of water. We took her to the vet--but he was a city vet relying on the same information, like us, to determine what was wrong. He gave her a shot of medication, then sent her home again. During all of this time, Breast continued to lose weight . . . and then she started improving. She now weighs 4 lbs. 4 oz. *Not saying she is a porker, but she has put un a bit of weight in the last month since recovery, but my daughter reports that her egg laying is not very consistent like it way; eggs are smaller in size (akin to our Polish Fancy-Feathered eggs). She has been outside since about the third week of January. **And I realize you are not a doctor, but it does help from time to time to talk with more experienced chicken mamas.

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  110. Robin Morris2/8/15, 10:50 AM

    Love the sign!

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  111. I enjoy this blog even though I don't have chickens yet! Never too early to start learning! And I love chicken art!!

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  112. Doris Pelkey2/8/15, 11:33 AM

    Love the sign!

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  113. Love all of your thorough information. So helpful!!

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  114. Will try for the giveaway - "Wine O'Cluck" cute! Rain here in Northern Cali - we need it but I have a guest from MA who came to get away from the snow and it's too wet to do very much outside!

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  115. Love the tin signs!

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  116. Kelly Miller2/8/15, 12:00 PM

    Beautiful. love it.

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  117. Becke Bogue2/8/15, 12:00 PM

    Oh my gosh!! This sign is perfect!!!!! Love it! Thanks for all you do to help us with our peeps, Kathy! Your giveaways are awesome too! You have great sponsors. :)

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  118. Nice art!

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  119. Two of my favorite things!

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  120. Becky Cline2/8/15, 12:34 PM

    I am new to raising chickens and so grateful for your website! Thank you so much for all the great information!!

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  121. Heather Hutchison2/8/15, 12:36 PM

    I love this sign. So cool.

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  122. Margaret Houk2/8/15, 12:37 PM

    As soon as I see your email I hop on over here! I would LOVE to come do a chicken "internship" with you and just pick your brain and meet your flock - especially the lovely Ms. Rachel! Thanks for all the good info you share with us and all the great photos to go with; this was a particularly good posting. And the sign giveaway, well... "it's wine o'clock somewhere!" Need I say more? ;)

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  123. Sure would love to have your sign! And thanks for the great tips.

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  124. Doris Sanchez2/8/15, 12:45 PM

    I wants it! It's absolutely Perfect

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  125. Good to know!

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  126. Mary Craton2/8/15, 12:55 PM

    i love all the information that you put out.Also love the sign

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  127. Tina Cardin2/8/15, 1:03 PM

    This would look good in my kitchen.

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  128. This would look nice in the coop!

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  129. Tonya Adkins2/8/15, 1:18 PM

    Love all the signs! I'm really digging the wine one;)

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  130. Peggy Schoenbeck Farley2/8/15, 1:22 PM

    Beautiful sign!! It would look wonderful in my kitchen :)

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  131. Cyn Van Antwerp2/8/15, 1:32 PM

    Always good info!

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  132. Aloha Design2/8/15, 1:34 PM

    Thank you for some much helpful information!

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  133. Thank you for your constant help with our birds. I pinned it to my Chicken Anything board to share with all who look. Thank you again.

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  134. Victoria Benson2/8/15, 1:54 PM

    Love the sign! Great article..your blog is always interesting and helpful.

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  135. Great article, great tin sign. Sarah is so talented!

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  136. Love these tin signs! Hopeful thst I can win one! :)

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  137. Valerie McNaught Rogers2/8/15, 2:17 PM

    thanks, these are great tips and have used your resource directory has always helped

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  138. Love the blog, love wine, so love the sign!

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  139. Excellent article!!

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  140. Good info and great questions to ask ones self when a chicken looks and acts ill.

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  141. Caitlyn Ralston2/8/15, 2:37 PM

    Great blog! Thanks for the info! I love that sign!!

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  142. Becky Branham Dimon2/8/15, 3:26 PM

    Love Sarah! Love Kathy! Love Doc Brown! Love Simone! <3

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  143. Just stumbled across your site and blog, I though I was the only one out there who was crazy for chickens. Absolutly love your articles on how to keep my happy and healthy. Look forward to reading more and seeing your pictures of your birds. Keep clucking!!!

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  144. Nancy Carr2/8/15, 3:50 PM

    Love your blog and would also love to win the sign. Thank you.

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  145. Ruth A McGuire2/8/15, 3:57 PM

    Already get "Chicken Art Newsletter" enjoy it very much. Keep them coming.

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  146. Subscribed to her newsletter too!

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  147. ssearnhardt2/8/15, 4:15 PM

    Great information... Thanks!

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  148. lostmtn3552/8/15, 4:31 PM

    Wine O'Cluck - HOW cute! The Chicken art is Beautiful... My 'flock' would appreciate it!

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  149. Denise Allison Magil2/8/15, 5:00 PM

    tips are super tin sign awesome

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  150. Nancy Walker2/8/15, 5:10 PM

    Thanks for the article!

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  151. Just what I needed to know....well almost. ;) Thanks for the tips! I have a recovered hen doing quite well. She needs to go back to the coop with the others but it is so COLD here in New England with more snow on the way. She has been camped out in my laundry room with all the chicken amenities for 2 weeks. I am concerned that the temps she has been living with in the house may have an effect on her when she returns to the coop. Any suggestions? Or shall I just hold tight and wait for better temps to utilize your above tips for re integration. Thanks Kathy. Really enjoy your blog. Very helpful. Happy to hear Doc is on the mend!

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  152. Linda Reichert2/8/15, 6:00 PM

    Thanks for the info and chance to win!

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  153. Roberta Johnston2/8/15, 6:34 PM

    Good advice!

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  154. Peaceeagle2/8/15, 7:04 PM

    This sign would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen. Thanks!

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  155. Another great article Kathy! I am already subscribed to the Chicken Art Newsletter. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this sign

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  156. Joy K. Royall Hall2/8/15, 7:18 PM

    Cute art...I would love to have this at the entry to the girl's playground!

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  157. Jennifer Terry Peterson2/8/15, 7:29 PM

    I don't want this Chicken Art... I NEED THIS CHICKEN ART!!

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  158. 13happygirls2/8/15, 7:42 PM

    I need to have this sign in my outdoor wine pavilion! If I don't win I will have to buy! :)

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  159. Ruth Mizzell2/8/15, 7:53 PM

    Wow.so much to learn and remember...thank you for your knowledge.

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  160. Wait until temps are more moderate.

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  161. Thanks Samantha and welcome!

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  162. So perfect for me!

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  163. Brendo Sue2/8/15, 9:22 PM

    Love her work! I've entered to win a lot of these sweet prizes and never know if I've entered or not. But I will keep trying!!

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  164. Jenn Gregory2/8/15, 9:22 PM

    I LOVE this sign!!!!

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  165. good info for my chickens and chicken art for me!!!

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  166. I would love to have this sign

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  167. Deborah Clay Hicks2/8/15, 11:06 PM

    You hear all too often "it's just a chicken"! Well, NOT to me.

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  168. Chickens and wine together......can't get any better than that!

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  169. Debbie Houghton2/9/15, 12:25 AM

    Luv this sign ๐Ÿ’“

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  170. The info in this blog has been so incredibly helpful!!
    I have had a couple of sickies and they have both bounced back :)
    Of course I have one yet to actually lay an egg for me.... or she's a stinker
    and is hiding them....

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  171. Finally. Chicken art!!

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  172. Beautiful love this sign <3

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  173. Josh Parker2/9/15, 7:47 AM

    Other gift!

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  174. Joy of chickens2/9/15, 8:41 AM

    Great Information-thanks! And I do love that sign!!!

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  175. Great article on sick chickens - just hope I never have to use it!

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  176. I need that Sign!!!! NEED IT! Chickens AND Wine... these are a few of my favorite things!!!

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  177. Jennifer May2/9/15, 10:18 AM

    Great info! Thank you!

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  178. Excellent article!

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  179. S Martha Leete2/9/15, 10:25 AM

    I can't wait to start receiving this news letter. I am astounded by the chicken art out there. I guess. Never noticed it before becoming a chicken mama

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  180. Good info! Love the sign!

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  181. Matt Carroll2/9/15, 11:17 AM

    nice sign

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  182. i need to add these books to my collection!

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  183. Thank you so much for this post! So helpful! And the sign is gorgeous, would look great in my country dining room.

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  184. Janine Myers2/9/15, 11:57 AM

    I have a slightly sick chicken. Just a snotty nose and a sneeze. She acts perfectly normal. Eats like a pig. What do I do?

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  185. Ranay Hendrickson2/9/15, 11:59 AM

    I would love one of these chicken art signs! I am already subscribed to Sara's chicken art newsletter, she does beautiful work!

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  186. Denny Winbourne Lucas2/9/15, 12:04 PM

    Chickens RULE!!!!

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  187. Stephanie M.2/9/15, 12:09 PM

    Love this sign, I used to make fun of my Mom with all of her chicken art, but now, as an adult I love it! This sign is perfect for our house. The ladies and I would cherish it forever! Thank you for this great post too, it's a high priority bookmark for sure. :)

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  188. I am so glad for your Blog! All this helpful information!

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  189. Nancy Okragleski2/9/15, 12:54 PM

    such beautiful artwork and such valuable information. Thanks!!

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