Gary D. Butcher and Richard D. Miles Intestinal parasites (worms) are very common in chickens in the backyard type poultry flocks. The presence of a few parasites do not usually cause a problem. However, large numbers can have a devastating...
Source: Cackle Hatchery Molting is energy intensive. Chickens therefore don’t normally molt during times when they need dietary energy elsewhere. For example, in the spring roosters use energy for fertility and hens use energy for laying eggs and hatching chicks....
Wild birds come into contact with backyard chicken flocks more frequently than people realize, creating a pathway for pathogens to transmit back and forth, according to new research from the University of Georgia. Such pathways increase the risk for...
Backyard poultry owners should take careful biosecurity measures this fall to protect their animals from highly pathogenic avian influenza. HPAI is a strain of the flu that is extremely infectious and most often fatal to all poultry. Within the past...
You can make the right equipment for your poultry operation Mobile poultry hut design Mobile poultry hut design is important for poultry comfort and management. The materials you choose impact temperature, durability and the chance of predators catching birds. How to build a...
There are a variety of snakes you may come across in your chicken coop, though some species may be more welcome than others. There are thousands of different species of snakes, each with unique adaptations. Learning more about them...
Source: Cackle hatchery To some chicken keepers, a dual purpose breed is one that’s suitable for both meat and eggs. To other chicken keepers, dual purpose refers to a breed that’s suitable for neither meat nor eggs. So exactly what...
Is there any better feeling than sharing your fresh eggs with a friend, neighbor, or co-worker? For the second year, Purina is kicking off a nationwide, flock community act of kindness, #OperationFreshEgg. Each year Purina donates thousands of eggs locally...
Are you thinking about keeping chickens? Is this your first time ordering day-old baby chicks? While baby chicks are cute and fluffy, it can also be stressful for first-timers. To help alleviate any fears or stress, we asked five...
English | Spanish | Hmong Lifespan of a hen Hens may live in backyard flocks for 6-8 years, and most flocks will produce eggs for 3-4 years. The level of egg  production, egg size, and  shell quality decrease each year. Most commercial layers...
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