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

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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All Cooped Up: Marek’s Disease
August 21, 2020 · · 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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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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The Secret Life of Poultry: Earl the Shop Chicken
July 1, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Back in August of 2018, a feral rooster wandered up to a mechanic shop. The relationship that transpired became a local legend.

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Omphalitis
June 25, 2020 · · Flock Files

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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The Secret Life of Poultry: Bird Surrogacy
April 29, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Legend has it that when I was young, we were the proud owners of a surrogate poultry mom. That chicken found herself with ten ducklings and more than a small dose of confusion.

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All Cooped Up: Fowlpox
April 23, 2020 · · 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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Fowlpox
April 22, 2020 · · Flock Files

Fowlpox is an old viral poultry disease found worldwide and first described in the 17th century. Several strains of the avian pox virus have been identified and named after the primary bird infected.

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All Cooped Up: Fowl Typhoid and Pullorum Disease
February 25, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Members Only

Pullorum disease and fowl typhoid are both caused by two strains of the Salmonella enterica bacteria. Though virtually eradicated from commercial flocks in most developed countries, outbreaks in backyard flocks, game birds, and wild birds still happen.

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