Feed & Health

Henrietta, a Cross Beak Story

I noticed one of the chicks was not like the other. Her name was already Henrietta, a Golden Laced Wyandotte, and I noticed her upper and lower beaks seemed to be growing apart, or at least not lining up together.

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Alternatives to Culling Chickens
January 15, 2021 · · Feed & Health

My oldest chicken is eight years old. She still manages to pop out a handful of eggs a year, but they’re usually wrinkled and a bit misshapen with thin shells. She certainly isn’t winning any awards for egg production and we can’t rely on her for breakfast any longer!

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Pecking Away at Climate Change
January 14, 2021 · · Feed & Health

The three climate issues that affect chickens’ welfare are temperature, humidity, and insect availability for foraging, especially for free-range chickens. Climate change has become a priority on the homestead.

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The Scoop on Using Prebiotics and Probiotics for Chickens
January 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

When chicken keepers get their birds, they often wonder what to feed chickens. It’s probably the first question most newcomers ask.

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The Truth About Mycoplasma and Chickens
January 11, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Mycoplasma — it’s the word you never want to hear when it comes to your chicken flock. Yet, it’s probably the ailment you need to learn about the most since it affects flocks all across the world.

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Treating Common Chick Ailments
December 29, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Chick ailments aren’t always infectious illnesses. Here we discuss what to look for and how to care for some common chick ailments that you may encounter whether you hatch chicks yourself or buy them from a hatchery.

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Plants Poisonous to Chickens
December 29, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Let’s identify some plants poisonous to chickens plus the likelihood that poultry will eat toxic plants within your yard.

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Medicine is the Best Medicine
December 29, 2020 · · Feed & Health

It turns out laughter is not the best medicine. Medicine is the best medicine. And when it comes to herbal remedies and old wives’ tales, I’m cynical at best. Do you know what home remedies that actually work are called? Medicine. If there is evidence that it heals, it’s medicine. If you base your flock’s treatment on pure anecdotes, you could be doing harm. 

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Ask the Expert – February/March 2021

Ask our poultry experts about your flock’s health, feed, production, housing and more! Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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WINTER WATER: Keep it Flowing For Your Poultry!

Like all living things, chickens need water to thrive, but keeping your hens hydrated in winter can be a challenge when temperatures plummet. Consider these tips to keep the fluids flowing, even in the coldest climates.

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