Checking Chickens Health ALL AGES
When inspecting any chicken before purchase do the following:
1) Inspect chicken for clear bright eyes. Not red or swollen eyes with a discharge.
2) Look for clean unbroken skin on bottom of feet (sores are not good)
3) Look under wings for signs of any blisters/sores/ (not good)
4) Check the anal area for signs of loose stools
5) Make sure chicken is eating and drinking
6) Chicken should "resist" some in being picked up and handled
7) Chicken should be "heavy" for its size and NOT lightweight. Unless this is a small chicken breed, choose
the heaviest chicken you can. You should feel "meat" on the bones (unless a small chick)
8) Chicken should be active, alert and eating and running. No matter how "cute" a chicken is, do not purchase
chickens that are standing in the corner all fluffed up not eating!
9) Sellers should let you examine all chickens before purchase.
10) Sellers should let you generally inspect coop area for humane and safe poultry living conditions.
12) If price is too good to be true. CAUTION AND BEWARE! No-one feeds chickens for six months
and then sells a full grown hen for $7 or $14? really? This seller is losing money and may be out of business soon. Its
likely these are "egged out" hens and won't lay eggs much longer.
13) How to tell if hen is "egged out" Look under
the tail of any adult chicken and see the vent feathers between the legs. If the feathers are loose and "saggy" and
the feathers open larger than 50 cent coin, this is an older hen! Don't buy from that seller unless you want chicken soup
14) Don't buy chickens of any age if possible during the very extreame cold or very wet rainy seasons
UNLESS you have a warm dry barn or inside coop to raise them.
You should not purchase chickens from many different sellers this may cause illnesses in your flocks.