Flock Files

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Flock Files are easy-to-digest, one-page documents that teach you what you need in a hurry. These handy reference sheets are easy to download or print out. They make great teaching aids whether you want to educate yourself, your friends and family, or your customers.

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Aspergillosis
October 20, 2020 · · Flock Files

Aspergillosis, also known as mycotic pneumonia, is a fungal disease resulting from the inhalation of mold spores. The spores may come from contaminated bedding, feed, dust, or even air ducts and hatching equipment.

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Marek’s Disease
August 17, 2020 · · Flock Files

Marek’s Disease Virus (MDV) causes tumorsand immunosuppression in chickens, and occasionally turkeys and quail. Infected flocks generally show clinical signs between six and 30 weeks of age; however, the disease can affect older birds as well. Not all infected birds show symptoms but will continue to shed the virus for life.

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Symptoms of Infectious Diseases in Chickens
July 21, 2020 · · Flock Files

While these charts contain many of the diseases that chickens may encounter, it is not an exhaustive list. Discrepancies in subcategories of a disease may exist. Some diseases are very difficult to diagnose without a veterinary post-mortem examination.

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Symptoms of Non-Infectious Diseases in Chickens
July 21, 2020 · · Flock Files

While these charts contain many of the diseases that chickens may encounter, it is not an exhaustive list. Discrepancies in subcategories
of a disease may exist. Some diseases are very difficult to diagnose without a veterinary post-mortem examination.

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Omphalitis
June 25, 2020 · · Flock Files

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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How to Tell if Eggs are Bad
April 22, 2020 · · Flock Files

Eggshells are a porous, which allows air, moisture, and some contaminants to pass through. Spoilage bacteria are the most common culprits of eggs turning rotten. When laid, the hen deposits a protective bloom, but this cuticle is not completely impenetrable, so whether or not you wash the egg, bacteria will eventually traverse that porous shell.

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Poultry Wound Care
April 22, 2020 · · Flock Files

Be prepared before your chicken gets injured by having both the supplies and knowledge for chicken wound care.

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Fowlpox
April 22, 2020 · · Flock Files

Fowlpox is an old viral poultry disease found worldwide and first described in the 17th century. Several strains of the avian pox virus have been identified and named after the primary bird infected.

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Fowl Typhoid and Pullorum Disease
February 21, 2020 · · Flock Files

Pullorum disease and fowl typhoid affect all poultry and various wild birds. Though virtually eradicated from commercial flocks in most developed countries, outbreaks still happen in backyard flocks, game birds, and wild birds.

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Egg Candling Chart

A chicken egg takes 21 days to hatch. By candling the eggs, you can determine stage of development or if the egg has failed to develop and died within the shell.

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