This is where the problem of Mites, Fleas and Lice can overtake you if you have not made regular checks in the previous months. Make regular checks of all of your stock to avoid loss.
Red Mites can take 5% of a chicken's blood in one night and over a period of time this can have a devastating effect on your Chickens and can become very difficult to irradicate.
At this time of year there will be more aggressive behaviour as new pecking orders are formed and hens begin to lay - damaged birds are a particular target and so be prepared to treat where needs be to avoid any lasting or permanent damage.
If you have to segregate a damaged Chicken use another hutch, but try to keep her within range of her group - if she needs a long recovery period it may become difficult for her to be reintroduced to the group without further attacks taking place.
where possible to avoid damage done
by Cockerels during the laying season.
Change wet, damp and dirty bedding regularly to avoid the chances of the spread of diseases and the growth of bacteria.
Ensure that your Chickens have somewhere warm, dry and safe to go
into should there be any unexpected showers.
Where possible raise feeders and drinkers and use ones that prevent your Chickens from perching or resting on them.