About the Author

Lacey Hughett

Lacey is an artist, author, mom, and homesteader based out of Reno, Nevada. She focuses on sustainability, heritage breed preservation, and ethical animal raising. She has been raising poultry since she was six years old. She be found on Instagram and Facebook at Hughett Heritage Farms.
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Articles by Lacey Hughett

All Cooped Up: Candidiasis

Candidiasis is an infection caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans in poultry. It is a type of yeast that is part of the normal flora of the digestive tract.

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All Cooped Up: Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis, also known as mycotic pneumonia, is a fungal disease resulting from the inhalation of mold spores. This disease can affect most animals, including humans.

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The Secret Life of Poultry: Sammi the Adventurer
April 26, 2021 · · Chickens 101

In a universe where dogs, goats, or even alpacas can be seen surfing, the thought of animals enjoying the oceans isn’t a novel idea. The line is typically drawn at chickens, however, because they are known to not enjoy water or swimming.

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All Cooped Up: Coccidiosis

Coccidiosis in poultry is a common protozoal disease affecting the intestinal tract. It mainly afflicts chickens and turkeys and is found on a global level.

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All Cooped Up: Marek’s Disease
March 3, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) is one of the best-known poultry diseases. It causes tumors and immunosuppression in mainly chickens, but is occasionally seen turkeys and quail.

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This Just In: CDC Says Okay to Costumes for Chickens!
October 30, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Are costumes for chickens safe for your health and theirs?

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The Secret Life of Poultry: Austin’s Chicken Composting Program
October 23, 2020 · · Poultry 101

In an overall effort to reduce city-wide waste output per household, the local government came together to create the City of Austin Home Composting Rebate Program, a facet of which includes encouraging people to keep chickens.

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Secret Life of Poultry: Tiny the Attack Hen
August 26, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the feistiest little chicken of them all? I have my bets placed on Tiny the Terrorist, a Sumatra/Ameraucana mix hen who lives in Georgia with her owner, Cynthia.

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Marek’s Disease
August 17, 2020 · · Flock Files

Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) causes tumorsand immunosuppression in chickens, and occasionally turkeys and quail. Infected flocks generally show clinical signs between six and 30 weeks of age; however, the disease can affect older birds as well. Not all infected birds show symptoms but will continue to shed the virus for life.

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All Cooped Up: Omphalitis, or “Mushy Chick Disease”
July 2, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Omphalitis is a fairly common infection, also known as mushy chick disease or yolk sac infection, and it occurs in the first few days of a bird’s life. It is seen most commonly in artificially hatched eggs and is associated with contaminated eggs or incubators.

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