Free-range poultry diseases & disorders

Husbandry of poultry is very much 'by eye' and only by spending time around your flock will you pick up on potential problems.  Chickens, like many of the avian species are very good at disguising illness, which is quite possibly a survival mechanism to mitigate the risk of predation. Sick birds may emerge from the coop in a flurry …

Moulting… aka getting oven ready

Late summer, early autumn sees the onset of the annual moult for chickens. If you are a first time keeper this can appear rather alarming when first encountered especially in some breeds who seem to literally drop all their feathers overnight. This dramatic transformation into an oven ready bird can send the uninitiated keeper into …