Backyard Poultry

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Dr. Candy Akers  has been treating sick birds for over 15 years. She brings her avian medicine knowledge from years of volunteering to save native wild birds in high school. During her undergraduate work, she spent her summers interning at an internationally known wild bird rehabilitation clinic.  Dr. Candy also acquired experience working with a variety of bird groups while responding professionally to oil spills involving wildlife across the United States.

Here in Colorado, and across the country, backyard poultry keeping is a growing hobby. Many towns now allow families to keep 4-6 hens to produce eggs. Most families love their chickens, name them and keep them as pets. Chickens are incredibly fun and many individuals express unique personalities. Dr. Candy keeps her own personal mixed flock and loves educating families with backyard poultry.

An on-site poultry examination and evaluation may include:

-Assessment of individual bird health

-Nutritional advice +/- supplements

-Evaluation of coop environment

-Review of flock health

-Husbandry recommendations


In cases where treatment or care is required for a particular bird Dr. Candy can develop a treatment plan and train your family on medication administration or nursing care as needed. Commonly seen conditions include diarrhea, lice, mites, coccidia, respiratory conditions, egg binding, vitamin deficiencies, feather abnormalities and bumble foot.




We would like to make a side note about surgical procedures performed on your own. Please be aware that birds do absolutely feel pain, however they do not outwardly react the same way a human or dog would react. Bumble foot lesions and other conditions should be performed with adequate injections to relieve pain. If you personally would not want a procedure performed on YOU without anesthesia or pain control, then please do not carry out that approach on your bird.


The following observations are signs that your chicken may be sick:

  • Fluffed Up
  • Loss of Energy or Depression
  • Not Moving Much or Sits Alone
  • Breathing Hard or Clicking Noise
  • Is picked on by others
  • Not eating or drinking
  • Diarrhea – Bloated