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What exactly are heritage chickens? For that matter, what is a heritage turkey, duck, or goose? By definition, heritage poultry breeds share these important characteristics: They are standard breeds They mate naturally They can live a long time They...
Brown egg-laying chickens are the most common egg layers in backyard flocks. From Buff Orpingtons to Golden Comets and every breed in between, this article will count down the top 12 best brown egg layers in egg production. #12 Buff...
If you’ve been perusing the hatchery catalog to buy baby chicks for your backyard chicken coop, you may notice some breeds are unavailable when you go to order them. That’s likely because some breeders probably lost their flock to avian...
In a comparison of differently sized poultry farms, researchers at North Carolina State University found that rates of Salmonella in fecal and environmental samples were more prevalent on larger commercial farms than on smaller backyard farms. Perhaps more importantly, multidrug...
Owning chickens has become a popular past time in recent years. People who live in rural areas, subdivisions and cities are raising birds to have fresh eggs for their families. Michigan State University Extension is happy to announce the...
The Farm Animal Veterinary Society (FAVS) is holding a 90-minute webinar about backyard poultry health which starts at 7:30pm on Tuesday 23rd April. The webinar is being hosted by Dr William Ingham Farrow from Poultry Health Services (PHS), part of the VetPartners...
A days-old newborn in Oregon was sickened with salmonella that may have been transmitted from parents who tended infected poultry located 150 miles away, a new report finds. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has long warned of...
As keeping backyard chickens becomes ever more popular, poultry shows attract more and more participants. Today’s chicken keepers participate in poultry exhibitions for all sorts of appealing reasons. Here are nine reasons to your show chickens: Affordable Hobby Everybody needs something...
Chicken, duck and turkey and game bird owners should increase their on-farm biosecurity practices and minimize opportunities for domestic and wild bird interactions to reduce risk of HPAI infections. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) continues to be a concern and...
The term biosecurity refers to the measures taken to prevent the introduction and/or spread of disease in a poultry flock. It is important for every poultry operation to develop, and implement, a biosecurity plan. ELEMENTS OF AN EFFECTIVE BIOSECURITY PLAN ISOLATION It is...
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