Flock Health: What is Marek’s Disease?

Flock Health: What is Marek’s Disease?

What Is Marek’s Disease? Marek’s disease is a type of avian cancer caused by a virus. It primarily affects chickens between the ages of 4 – 20 weeks. It can rarely affect turkeys. It is not zoonotic, which means it cannot be transmitted to humans. Marek’s...
Biosecurity for Your Backyard Flock

Biosecurity for Your Backyard Flock

Biosecurity For Your Backyard Flock In recent news, southern California is dealing with an outbreak of a highly virulent strain of Newcastle disease. This outbreak means that many backyard flock owners must have their flocks humanely euthanized for the protection of...
Too Many Eggs? Try These Non-Breakfast Recipes!

Too Many Eggs? Try These Non-Breakfast Recipes!

Too Many Eggs? Try These Non-Breakfast Ideas Last summer you were undone by the chicken math, and for months you have been feeding your ravenous flock of tiny velociraptors through the winter with barely an egg in sight. Maybe you have even been forced to (gasp!) buy...
Auto-sexing versus Sex-linked Hybrid Breeds

Auto-sexing versus Sex-linked Hybrid Breeds

Chick Genetics: Autosexing Versus Sex-Linked Hybrid Breeds In the world of chicken-keeping, it is no surprise to learn that those who keep chickens for egg-laying purposes value the female chicks over the male chicks. The desire to have as many female chicks as...