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: 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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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: 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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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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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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