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Chicken Health For Dummies

Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens. With directives on diagnosing and treating sick or ailing chickens, as well as general information on how to keep chickens in peak condition, Chicken Health For Dummies is your go-to guide on how to best care for and keep chickens.

Inside, you'll get everything you need to know about chicken health and wellness: an encyclopedia full of common and not-so-common diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures that chicken owners may encounter. Chicken Health For Dummies provides chicken owners with one handy, all-encompassing resource.

Features of
Chicken Health For Dummies:

* Helps you identify potential hazards and signs of ill health in your chicken

* Shows you how to properly examine chickens to identify and isolate potential health issues before they spread to the rest of the flock

* An encyclopedia full of common and uncommon diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures for chickens

Chicken Health For Dummies joins Raising Chickens For Dummies and Building Chickens Coops For Dummies to round out the For Dummies reference library as a must-have resource for both rural and urban chicken owners.

Published January 2013

Table of Contents:

Introduction 1

Part I: The Healthy Chicken 7

Chapter 1: A Picture of Backyard Flock Health 9

Chapter 2: The Anatomy and Body Functions of the Happy, Healthy Chicken 19

Chapter 3: That's What Chickens Do: Healthy Chicken Behavior 35

Chapter 4: More Than an Ounce of Prevention: Biosecurity for the Backyard Flock 47

Chapter 5: Keeping the Flock Clean and Comfortable 63

Chapter 6: Feeding the Flock Well 75

Part II: Recognizing Signs of Chicken Illness 87

Chapter 7: Inspecting the Flock and Examining the Sick Chicken 89

Chapter 8: Troubleshooting Common Illnesses in Adult Chickens 101

Chapter 9: Sizing Up Sick Chicks 123

Chapter 10: Sleuthing Subtle Signs of Illness and Mysterious Sudden Death 133

Part III: A Close-Up Examination of Chicken Woes and Diseases 145

Chapter 11: Accidents of Flock Management 147

Chapter 12: My Chicken Has What? Diseases Caused by Bacteria and Viruses 165

Chapter 13: Exterminating Chicken Parasites and Other Creepy-Crawlies 181

Chapter 14: Identifying Miscellaneous and Mystery Chicken Diseases 197

Part IV: Your Chicken Repair Manual (and Advice for When to Close the Book) 207

Chapter 15: Making a Diagnosis: Getting Advice or Going It Alone 209

Chapter 16: Medicating and Vaccinating Chickens 225

Chapter 17: Performing Chicken Maintenance and First-Aid Procedures 243

Chapter 18: Euthanizing a Chicken and Disposing of the Remains 261

Part V: The Chicken/Human Interface 273

Chapter 19: Can You Get That from a Chicken? 275

Chapter 20: Food Safety and Quality of Homegrown Eggs and Meat 283

Part VI: The Part of Tens 293

Chapter 21: Answers to Ten Common Questions about Chicken Health 295

Chapter 22: Ten Common Misconceptions about Chicken Health and Treatments 301

Appendix: Chicken Health Formulary 305

Index 311

Author Information:

Julie Gauthier is board certified in veterinary preventive medicine. Rob Ludlow is the coauthor of Raising Chickens For Dummies and Building Chicken Coops For Dummies. He runs the leading chicken information resource on the web, www.BackYardChickens.com.

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