Flock Files

As a Backyard Poultry member or digital subscriber, you’ll have access to our complete lineup of Flock Files.

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.

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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How Long do Chicks Need a Heat Lamp?
January 16, 2020 · · Flock Files

Because they don’t have feathers to self-regulate temperature, newly hatched chicks depend on mothers to keep them warm. Darting beneath wings when they’re cold, and coming out to eat and drink, babies thrive on the mother-to-chick relationship. Brooder chicks must have appropriate heat sources, and humans must closely monitor them with thermometers and good judgment.

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Fowl Cholera
December 23, 2019 · · Flock Files

Fowl cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects multiple species of wild and domestic birds. Onset is sudden, with a high mortality and morbidity rate. Fowl cholera is found worldwide.

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A Chicken’s Five Basic Needs
October 25, 2019 · · Flock Files

Chickens are sensitive to their environment, motivations, and sense of well-being. Happy chickens cope better with changes and challenges, whereas distressed birds may easily go downhill.

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Coccidiosis
October 25, 2019 · · Flock Files

Coccidia are single-celled, obligate, spore-forming
parasites that infect a wide variety of animals and are host specific. Nine known species affect chickens and seven affect turkeys, and disease severity depends on strain.

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