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: 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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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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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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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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Fowl Typhoid and Pullorum Disease
February 21, 2020 · · Flock Files

Pullorum disease and fowl typhoid affect all poultry and various wild birds. Though virtually eradicated from commercial flocks in most developed countries, outbreaks still happen in backyard flocks, game birds, and wild birds.

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The Secret Life of Poultry: Papua the Wonder Fowl
December 24, 2019 · · Members Only, Poultry 101

A video went viral recently of a woman running a dog agility course with a guinea fowl. I needed to know more and promptly got into contact with the person in the video, Emily Autumns, who is the owner and trainer of the guinea in the video.

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