How to Help a Broody Hen

Broody hen.

Whether you are new to owning a hen or you are trying to learn more about your lady chicken, broodiness can be a difficult speedbump that could affect her egg production, and might even start to affect other chickens in your yard. Your friends at Bayshore Animal Hospital & Avian Practice want to help you figure out the best way to help your broody hen so she returns to her usual, feathery self.

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Diets for Backyard Chickens

A backyard chicken.

At Bayshore Animal Hospital, we’re no strangers to providing quality pet wellness care for exotic pets and feathered companions, including chickens! Backyard chicken coops continue to enjoy an uptick in popularity, offering families a source of fresh eggs, and providing educational experiences for kids. Before joining the fun, however, review your county regulations carefully to make sure you live where backyard chickens are permitted. 

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The Essentials of an Avian Wellness Exam

Just as you visit your health care provider once a year for a check up, it’s important to have your bird’s annual physical exam on a regular basis. Many serious diseases are not visually apparent with birds, and they are masters at hiding any sign of disease from even a careful observer.

By bringing your bird to see us while they are well, we can prevent and detect any small problems before they become serious.

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Eggs, Anyone? What You Need to Know About Backyard Chickens in Pinellas County

If you are a Pinellas County resident who dreams of tending to your very own flock of backyard chickens, you’re in luck. Before you dive into the wonderful world of backyard chicken ownership, make sure you clearly understand the county ordinance, along with the specific regulations of your community. Doing your homework when it comes to chicken care is just as important as following the rules.

Backyard chickens require a serious commitment. However, the joy of interacting with these friendly and curious animals, the sense of pride and accomplishment received from taking good care of them, and, of course, the fresh eggs are well worth the effort. Continue…