Feed & Health

Ask The Expert June/July 2022

Add to Favorites Mandarin Breeding I look forward to your emails. I have a pair of Mandarins, but it is the law in South Africa to pinion all nonindigenous waterfowl. …

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The Tightwad’s Supplement to The Thrifty Feed and Caring of Chickens

As my wife’s flock of heritage-breed chickens continued to expand, I found it prudent to find thrifty ways to make our chickens happier.

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Sudden Death in Chickens

There’s nothing more horrifying than having your seemingly healthy chickens suddenly die with no warning. How can sudden death be prevented?

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Summer Pests in Chickens

Some of the most dangerous enemies of chickens aren’t predators. Here are some summer pests you should know about and what to do about them.

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A Guide to Common Duck Diseases
June 28, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Domestic duck breeds are generally extremely hardy and don’t often get sick as long as they are fed a healthy diet, given plenty of room to exercise and access to fresh water daily, but there are some fairly common duck diseases that you should be aware of if you raise backyard ducks.

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Homemade Electrolytes to Combat Heat Exhaustion In Chickens
June 22, 2022 · · 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 cool down.

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Help Chickens Keep Their Cool

Some people love a summer heat wave, or for that matter, sweating it out in a sauna. Not chickens. For our feathered friends, steamy summer days — which are increasing, due to climate change — can mean trouble.

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It’s HOT Out There!

As summer heats up, it is a good time to think about protecting our birds from the extreme heat we can expect over the next few months. Heat can have a very detrimental effect on birds. Poultry do not sweat to provide cooling.

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Chicken Diseases That Affect Humans
June 12, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Diseases that can affect multiple species are called zoonotic diseases, such as chicken diseases that affect humans. The risk of these diseases is why the CDC has recently asked backyard poultry owners not to snuggle or kiss their chickens.

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Is Feeding Chickens Scraps from the Kitchen Safe?
June 7, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Feeding chickens scraps from the kitchen is a great way to give them healthy treats and make sure your leftovers don’t go to waste. Next time you clean out your refrigerator, scrape the dinner plates or bring home leftovers from dinner out, why not set some aside for your flock?

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