The beak is a very sensitive tactile organ. Shortening is therefore an extremely cruel method of adapting animals to poor husbandry. If you have a chicken with a shortened beak, for example because the animal was given to you, it can come to problems with the feed intake.
Solution to a shortened chicken beak:
- Depending on how much of the chicken beak has been taken away, it can grow back again.
- Some chickens can only eat laying flour due to beak shortening. But also worms etc. are a pleasant change for such a tortured animal.
- Should the chicken feel very bad due to lack of food, one should consider slaughtering.
Food that is difficult to digest and has gone into fermentation can form lumps in the goiter of the animals, resulting in the rarely occurring so-called “soft goiter”. The goiter, soft and elastic, is prominent. Often the animals refuse to eat and breathlessness occurs.
Indigestible foreign bodies, such as bones, stones or wood wool, can clog the cropper outlet. The protruding crop feels rather hard and is therefore also called the “hard goiter”.
Solutions to goitre constipation:
- By massaging the crop you can try to remove the stuck contents: The animal should be held upside down so that the foul-smelling crop content can flow off through the beak.
- If this remain unsuccessful, the crop content can only be removed surgically by a vet (crop cut).
If a hen has laying distress or laying problems, i.e. she is not able to get the egg out of her body, this can have different causes.
It can be due to a malformation of the fallopian tube or only to a transverse position of the egg. Paralysis or inflammation of the fallopian tubes could also be possible. Mostly the hen sits worried, puffed up and with a “cat hump” in the corner.
Solutions to egg laying problems:
- Massaging the abdomen
- Camomile steam bath and oil to help
- Consult a vet
Normally the moulting of chickens takes place once a year. The entire plumage is renewed and thus the protection against the cold and certain weather conditions is guaranteed. Moulting is a strenuous time for every chicken, because it requires the entire metabolic capacity. Other activities of the chicken are greatly reduced or stopped in order to get enough energy for the feather change (for example no eggs are laid). It is important that the chicken gets enough nutrients, fats and energy from the feed during this time. A lack of vitamins and nutrients can lead to poorly developed plumage.
Solutions to problems with the moult:
- Feeding animal proteins
- Feeding seedlings
- If necessary, add the moulting aid Methionin to the drinking water
- If the chicken does not want to drink the moulting aid, tea can also be administered
- Feed lots of green stuff and fresh fruit
- Bone crusher is available in specialist shops and is gratefully accepted by the chickens