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Water A regular supply of clean, fresh water is essential for all poultry.
In winter, to prevent water from freezing, float glycerine over the surface. When very cold, rather than freeze over it will crystallise, so that the birds are still able to drink through it.
Wattles The two red or purple flaps that hang from under the chickens beak.
Damage to the wattles can mean the bird has been fighting.
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White Face This will form white spots and spreads rapidly over the face. Treatments include vaseline or formalin oil.
Wings Check shape and condition of flight feathers. Another favourite place for parasites to gather is under the wing.
Wood Shavings An ideal litter for the housing floor is wood shavings or sawdust as it absorbs moisture, does not stain plumage, and gives the birds something to scratch around in.
The shavings/sawdust should be changed once a week or as required to prevent the build up of parasites. Hygiene is more important with indoor pens.
Damp and dirty floor litter can contain harmful bacteria which can lead to respiratory disease, which, if the building is poorly ventilated, could lead to the infection of all the birds.
When cleaning out it is a good idea to spray the floor of the pens with a non-toxic disinfectant before putting in fresh shavings/sawdust.
Wood shavings compost well with hen droppings, which are high in nitrates.
Do not use very fine or dusty wood shavings.
Worms There are six different worm types inhabiting different parts of the hen, most of them in various areas of the intestine.
Hens get an immunity to worms eventually but stress (for example, caused by moving to a new environment) can disturb the hen's immune system and the worms then breed wildly and affect the health of the hen.
The easiest preparation which controls all types and stages of parasitic worms is 'Flubenvet' which is a powder you add to the feed.
Worm your regular stock at least once a year by providing a mix of Flubenvet in their feed over a 7-day period. This will have the affect of killing off all known internal parasites.
Tablet wormers given to individual birds are also effective. Some people have had success using garlic, but usually as a preventative rather than cure.
Chicks can get worms if they eat worm eggs from contaminated ground.
Wry tail A condition that is characterised by a tail that is carried off centre, when viewed from above.
Generally this problem is caused by a genetic disorder. This does not affect the ability of the bird to lay.
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