Feed & Health

Busting 7 Myths About Medicated Chick Starters

Lana Beckard, Nutrena® Poultry Expert – It’s the time of year again to buy feed for the new chicks you’ve just purchased. You’re walking down the feed aisle of your favorite …

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
May 20, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Heat exhaustion, heat stroke or even death is a very real danger to chickens when temperatures rise. They don’t sweat like humans do, and are somewhat limited in their ability to …

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How to Trim Chicken Beaks, Claws, and Spurs
May 19, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Claw Trimming A chicken’s spurs, toenails, and beak are made of keratin, the same substance as your fingernails and toenails. And like your nails, they continually grow. Chickens evolved in …

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Chicken Mites & Northern Fowl Mites: Controlling Infestations

By Laura E. John – The goal of most poultry flock owners is to reap all of the benefits from their investments of time, money and labor. An essential step …

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A Guide to Clipping Chicken Wings
May 16, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Clipping chicken wings is a good skill to have if you’re going to raise backyard chickens. Unlike humans, who periodically get a hair cut, shave, and nail trim, most chickens …

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Chicken Spurs: Who Gets Them?
May 14, 2019 . · Feed & Health

I’ve got a flock of mixed breed hens and a few roosters. In the beginning, my knowledge of chicken spurs was limited to the roosters. But then one day I …

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How To Administer the Marek’s Vaccine to Poultry Chicks

By Laura Haagerty — Do you know the proper way to administer the Marek’s vaccine to your chicks? Marek’s disease is very prevalent everywhere there is poultry, and if your chickens …

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Training a Chicken or Turkey to Come When Called
May 12, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Dogs and dolphins aren’t the only animals you can train to come when called. Almost any mammal will “come” for food … even backyard chickens and turkeys. Here are some …

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How a Broody Hen Hatches Chicks

Modern breeding has pretty much eliminated broodiness in most large fowl breeds, although there still may be one or two within a flock that have retained those mothering instincts. If …

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Sick Chicks: 7 Common Illnesses You May Encounter
May 5, 2019 . · Feed & Health

Buying baby chicks from a reputable breeder or hatchery and providing them a clean, warm place to grow with 24/7 access to clean fresh water and good-quality chick starter feed …

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