Feed & Health

Feathers Hard and Soft
September 13, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Feathers are an indication of overall health and condition. They are the visible indicators of other problems: poor diet, parasite infestation, behavioral problems such as aggression.

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The Risks of Keeping Goats with Chickens

Add to Favorites By Doug Ottinger – Animals have been kept in mixed flocks for centuries. Whether it is mixed poultry, poultry with sheep and cows, or even keeping goats with …

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All Cooped Up: Omphalitis, or “Mushy Chick Disease”
September 3, 2021 · · Feed & Health

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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Composting Grass Clippings in the Garden and Coop
September 3, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Composting grass clippings is a great way to save money and make use of all your available resources. One of my favorite gardening tips is to use …

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4 Tips for Composting Chicken Manure
September 3, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites For those of you with vegetable and flower beds, or for those of you who just have lawns, I feel it is unnecessary, if not wasteful, to …

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Poultry Veterinarians
September 1, 2021 · · Feed & Health

To find the best practitioner for your flock, it helps to understand what a poultry veterinarian does, and how this type of veterinarian fits into your homestead life.

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Types of Chicken Combs
September 1, 2021 · · Feed & Health

While there are nine types of chicken combs recognized, Dr. Brigid McCrea says children and backyard hobbyists who are interested in genetics would find the results of breeding different combs very interesting.

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Why and When Do Chickens Molt?

Many people wonder when do chickens molt? Molting, the chicken pundits tell us, is supposed to happen in either spring or at the end of summer as we slip in to fall weather and shorter days.

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Avoiding Kidney Damage in Laying Hens
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Most backyard poultry keepers rarely give such damage and disease in poultry much thought. Kidney malfunction in poultry may show very few signs until the sudden and final stages when it is often too late to remedy.

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The Danger of Fat Chickens
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Joan had died of an affliction I’d never heard of before but is the most common cause of death in laying hens: fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome (FLHS) or, in plain terms, being severely overweight.

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