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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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Hedemora chickens are a little-known, hardy, landrace fowl from Dalarna County, Sweden. Wooly, silky feathers, medium, cream-colored eggs, gentle hens.Read More
Add to Favorites A trip to England’s historical chickens. Story by Christine Heinrichs, photos by Gordon Heinrichs.We last visited England in 2019, before the Covid pandemic changed so much about …Read More
It’s lovely to be able to help people connect with animals. Kids get excited about collecting their chickens and you know they’re going to be loved and looked afterRead More
Composting chicken manure allows you to use your flock’s waste in vegetable or flower beds, or to feed perennials like berry bushes and trees.Read More
Found worldwide, erysipelas most commonly affects turkeys. The bacteria live in areas high in nitrogen and enter the bird through skin wounds, mucous membranes, or ingestion. Fighting, picking, and artificial insemination may create lacerations.Read More
Salpingitis is inflammation in a hen’s oviduct, as a result of an infection. Multiple pathogens can cause a secondary salpingitis infection. Infections
may spread upward from the cloaca or downward from another infection in the hen’s body. Respiratory infections are known to lead to salpingitis.
The following lists contain plants toxic for chickens and other poultry. The degree of toxicity ranges from
slightly toxic to deadly. Much vegetation found in a pasture can be toxic to poultry when consumed.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More