Chicken medicine

Many people living in cities and town are enjoying the ownership of chickens today.  Laying hens are very well suited to life in suburbia and can be comfortably kept in quite small gardens.  There is a large variety of chicken breeds, sizes and colourings to choose from.  They become very tame with frequent handling, are very inquisitive and fun to own.  Fresh eggs laid by your own hens are absolutely fantastic!!

Chickens can live up to 10 years of age, and have health needs similar to our other pets.  Parasite control, vaccinations, feeding, housing and looking after an ill bird all are important areas of chicken care where owners may need veterinary assistance.  Johnny and Gillian have been “backyard” chicken owners for the last 6 years.  We currently have two hens, a Sussex light named “Celia” and a Sussex reverse named “Miranda”.  A few months ago “Celia” was not very well and had to undergo surgery.  Two egg cysts weighing more than half her body weight were removed during the operation.  Thankfully she recovered well and was back to normal within a few days.

Chickens differ from other small pets as not only do they give us companionship, but they also produce eggs for us to eat and their droppings can be a very good source of green fertiliser for your garden.  Therefore we need to make sure the eggs our hens produce are safe to eat, and that vegetables produced using the chicken manure are safe too.

KGVS offers a friendly, caring service to chicken owners and has the knowledge and skills, but also the personal experience to help your pet chickens.

For those of you who may be interested in reading more in depth about common chicken diseases a downloadable PDF will be available soon.

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