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Every chicken keeper knows the value of treats! Keepers can use them to bond with chickens or to train them to come back to the coop, especially in the evening when the risk of predators is higher. There are many types of...
Residents who own or are interested in owning backyard poultry are encouraged to attend the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, TVMDL, Backyard Poultry Health Seminar on April 6 in College Station. The event will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m....
What came first, the chicken or the egg? We may never know, but for two upcoming webinar series, the basics of backyard chickens will come before egg-grader training. A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service poultry specialist will share his expertise...
Stress is chickens’ natural physiological response to protect themselves, but too much stress can reduce your flock’s health. For prey animals like chickens, stress initiates the fight or flight response that helps them survive in the wild. Figuring out how...
Dr. Tom Tabler and Dr. Jessica Wells give some helpful tips for conquering those pesky gnat issues.
The internet is rife with photographs of eggs from chickens and other poultry that have black shells. Are they a trick of the imagination? Poor photographic lighting? Or true poultry eggs with inky shells? If so, which poultry breed...
My neighbour, an absolute treasure of a human being who kept us supplied with ice during our week-long derecho power outage so that we could keep my son’s prescription medication cold, is what I would call a tinkerer. He...
A new year means new rules and regulations. How animals are treated for organic food makes a big difference. Organic producers and ranchers now have more to consider than ever. After years of discussion and a lawsuit by the Organic...
Sometimes it hurts to dispel facts with science, but a Texas A&M AgriLife expert said even though there is a National Snuggle a Chicken Day, celebrated on Jan. 8, he hopes people don’t hug and kiss baby chicks and...
Chickens, including bantams, tend to do better in cold weather than in hot weather. However, some bantams tolerate the cold better than others. Certain features — such as dense plumage, leg feathering, beards, and small combs — contribute to...
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