The Tale of Two Prolapsed Vents
If you keep chickens long enough you’ll run into most parasites, injuries, and diseases. I’ve only had to deal with one prolapsed vent, and there’s a reason they call it ‘blow out’. A vent usually becomes prolapsed when there is a problem passing a soft-shelled or very large egg and there is prolonged straining. The lower part of the oviduct turns inside out and protrudes through the vent. This is a tale with both outcomes.
Disease Prevention in Backyard Chicken Farms
Chickens provide a source of protein-rich eggs and meat, as well as fertilizer for gardens and insect control. However, raising chickens can also pose health risks for both birds and humans, as backyard flocks are susceptible to various diseases that can spread rapidly. Therefore, disease prevention is a critical component of sustainable poultry production, and backyard chicken farmers must take proactive measures to safeguard the health and welfare of their birds and themselves.
Growing Mint for Chickens: A Guide to Keeping Your Feathered Friends Healthy and Happy
If you have chickens, you know how important it is to keep them healthy and happy. One way to do this is by providing them with fresh and nutritious food. Mint is a great option for chicken owners because it is easy to grow and has numerous health benefits for both humans and animals. In this article, we will discuss how to grow mint for chickens and why it is a great addition to their diet.
How to Grow Oregano for Chickens
When it comes to raising chickens, many backyard farmers are looking for natural and sustainable ways to keep their flock healthy. Oregano, a common culinary herb, has been found to have several benefits for chickens. Not only can it improve their immune system and digestion, but it can also act as a natural insect repellent. In this article, we will discuss how to grow oregano for chickens, its benefits, and some simple steps to follow.
Causes, Treatment, and Prevention of Chicken Sneezing
Chicken sneezing is an unusual and silly sound. It's okay to crack a smile every once in a while and take a picture. Then again, if they sneeze consistently more than usual, could something be wrong? In this article, we will examine why chickens sneeze, when to be concerned, and how to prevent it.
Chicken First Aid Kits - Handy and Essential Supplies, and How to Use Them
Sometimes in chicken-keeping, things happen that no one expects. It could be a sudden disease, a squabble between birds causing injuries, or even a predator attack that leaves your birds wounded and weak. For your birds, having certain supplies on hand could make the difference between a recovery and a loss.
The Great Big Giant Marek's Disease
Marek’s disease is one of the most ubiquitous avian infections; it is identified in chicken flocks worldwide. Every flock, except those maintained under strict pathogen-free environments, has the potential to be infected. It is an incredibly common disease! Here are some ways to prevent this disease.
Wry Neck - Causes, Treatment & Prevention.
Wry neck is a condition that is often referred to as “crook neck” and it typically affects ducklings and baby chicks, although adult birds can suffer from it if they are being fed an incorrect diet. Birds with the disorder cannot hold their heads up on their own and as it progressively gets worse, affected birds start to fall over or lie on their backs unable to walk freely on their own. In this article we explore this illness.
How to Safely Administer Oral Medications to Poultry and Waterfowl
Many medications are more effective when given orally instead of in the water, especially when a bird is ill because an ill bird is unlikely to drink enough medicated water. The oral administration of liquid medications in poultry and other fowl is very easy to do, and when giving small quantities, it is very safe if the proper procedure is followed.
A List of Chicken Safe Plants
There are plenty of lists of toxic and unsafe plants for chickens, but it is very hard to find plant options that can be used in your chicken area. We have compiled a list of plants that are deemed appropriate for chicken areas.
Helping Your Chickens When They Are Sick
Finding a trained poultry veterinarian or any vet who will agree to treat chickens is extremely difficult. Chickens offer cues when they are starting to get sick. Common signs of a sick chicken include: hiding, inactivity, unusual droppings, unusual posture, lack of appetite and reduced egg production. This article covers basic guidelines to follow when caring for your sick chicken without a vet.
Organic treatment for red mite and feather lice infestation
This is for those experiencing problems with red mites and/or feather lice who do not wish to use pesticides or other chemicals in treatment (particularly backyard chicken keepers or those with smaller flocks).
Pullet or Cockerel? Understanding Sexual Dimorphism Will Help You Figure It Out
Sexual dimorphism is the differences in appearance between males and females of the same species, such as color, shape, size and structure. They are created by the inheritance of sex-linked genes responding to varying amounts of sex hormones, like testosterone. This results in the same genotypes (genetics) producing different phenotypes (appearances), depending on sex. There are some things to look for to ‘know before they crow’.