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Anti-Parasitic Herbs for Your Chicken Flock
July 24, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Parasites in your chicken flock are the most annoying of all the chicken issues. Use these anti-parasitic herbs in your flock to help!

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How to Make Homemade Black Drawing Salve for Your Chickens
July 24, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Black drawing salve is an extremely easy salve to make for your chickens. You can use this salve to treat and heal wounds, or to keep flock members from pecking at wounds.

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Backyard Poultry Special Subscriber 2020 issue — Comb to Tail Health
July 23, 2020 · · Magazine Previews

Backyard Poultry Special Issue 2020 — Comb to Tail Health — is in-home on August 12, but Backyard Poultry All-Access Members can read it NOW! This issue is only available to subscribers and will not be offered on newsstands. Subscribe now for valuable health stories!

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Breed Profile: Silver Appleyard Duck
July 23, 2020 · · Poultry 101

Silver Appleyard ducks are a great all-round heavy breed: friendly, great foragers, growing quickly to produce delicious, lean meat and plentiful eggs.

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Getting Your Ducks in a Row with Poultry First Aid Kits

Veterinarians with avian experience are not always available, so it makes sense to be cognizant of health and safety concerns. A well-stocked first-aid kit is a good start.

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Poultry Veterinarians
July 22, 2020 · · 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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Feathers Hard and Soft

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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Ask the Expert – Special Issue – Comb to Tail Health

Ask our poultry experts about your flock’s health, feed, production, housing and more! Please note that although our team has dozens of years of experience, we are not licensed veterinarians. For serious life and death matters, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

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3 of The Best Dual-Purpose Chicken Breeds
July 22, 2020 · · Chickens 101

The best dual-purpose chicken breeds are important on the homestead because they produce both meat and eggs. Breed choice is one of those topics that every chicken keeper has definite feelings about.

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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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