Feed & Health

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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Winter Feed Supplements
December 10, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Just as in human diets, excess fat in your chickens’ diet should be limited to prevent unhealthy weight gain and health issues, but when it comes to providing an energy source for your flock through the winter, you just can’t beat it.

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Are You Wondering What Do Roosters Eat?
December 9, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

The common answer from chicken keepers when you ask them “what do roosters eat” is that they feed their roosters the same thing as the rest of the flock. This makes sense in backyard settings where the flock members typically vary in breed and size.

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Homemade Suet for Chickens
December 8, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Need some ideas for what to feed your backyard chickens over the winter? As the weather gets colder, the treats I feed my flock focus more on energy and warming properties instead of being cooling and hydrating like summer treats.

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Winterizing Your Flock; A Winter Menu for Poultry

I receive calls each winter concerning loss of chickens or the reduction in egg production. Both of these issues are related to diet.

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6 Ways to Prepare for Raising Chickens in Winter
December 4, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

As winter is soon to set in, fall is useful for making some necessary preparations. Raising chickens in winter has its challenges, but these six tips for fall flock preparation will help your chickens get through the colder months in good health.

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Can Chickens Eat Cranberries?
December 1, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

It’s the holidays and cranberries are everywhere. Can chickens eat cranberries? Yes. They make a great treat by themselves or mixed in other recipes.

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