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Chicken Health for Dummies


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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

About the Author

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,

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