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

The Secret Life of Poultry: Kauai’s Feral Chickens
December 14, 2021 · · Chickens 101

When I was a child, I learned about the famous feral chickens living in Hawaii and even back then they caught my interest. I recently came across a social media post about them and all my previous awe and excitement came rushing back.

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The Secret Life of Poultry: Where is Scruffy?
December 10, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Scruffy was special. Melanie noticed that he really enjoyed car rides and ended up taking him on one of her frequent road trips on a whim. Soon Scruffy was traveling everywhere with Melanie.

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All Cooped Up: Fowlpox
November 22, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Fowlpox is an old viral poultry disease that frequently affects backyard flocks. It is found worldwide and was first described as early as the 17th century. It is most commonly seen in chickens and turkeys, but almost every bird species can become infected including wild birds and indoor birds like canaries.

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All Cooped Up: Erysipelas
November 18, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Erysipelas is found worldwide and most commonly affects turkeys. Fighting, picking, and artificial insemination in birds like broad-breasted turkeys are risk factors for contracting erysipelas because they all have the potential to create lacerations.

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The CDC Says It’s Okay to Buy Costumes for Chickens
October 27, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Are costumes for chickens safe for your health and theirs?

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All Cooped Up: Marek’s Disease
October 15, 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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The Secret Life of Poultry: The Story of Squirt
October 1, 2021 · · Poultry 101

In late November last year, Jett decided to put a chicken egg under his rescued male pigeon, Squirt. Then, on December 10th, Jett received a call while he was at work. The egg was hatching.

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All Cooped Up: Infectious Bursal Disease
September 26, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Infectious bursal disease (IBD) is an interesting viral disease that is seen in young chickens and turkeys. It attacks the bursa of Fabricius, an immune organ found in birds that aids in B-cell maturation.

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All Cooped Up: Omphalitis, or “Mushy Chick Disease”
September 3, 2021 · · 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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August 23, 2021 · · Flock Files

Found worldwide, erysipelas most commonly affects turkeys. The bacteria live in areas high in nitrogen and enter the bird through skin wounds, mucous membranes, or ingestion. Fighting, picking, and artificial insemination may create lacerations.

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