New to raising chicks? Spraddle Leg can sound like a scary term. What can be even scarier is when you experience it for the first time! Learn about it here!
Here are a few tips on how a flock owner can generally tell which birds are likely to still be laying eggs and which ones have taken a break from laying or may have completely stopped.
An important part of raising chickens is by checking over your chickens periodically to make sure that everything is healthy. By understanding the symptoms of things that go awry, you can be in a better position to help fix an issue before it gets worse.
we do our best to ensure their safety during transit, there are many factors that are out of our control. If your chicks arrive weak, chilled or lethargic here are a few tips to help ensure their survival:
Chicken flock illness is hard! Muddy Oak Henhouse shares on dealing with illness that required completely culling and cleansing.
Diatomaceous Earth has long been known for its pest-repelling qualities. Even though it is a very fine powder and soft to our touch, on a microscopic level it is very abrasive and actually cuts the exoskeletons of insects. The damage to their protective exoskeleton is enough to dry out and kill the insect.
Marek’s disease is a type of avian cancer caused by a virus. It primarily affects chickens between the ages of 4 – 20 weeks. There is currently no known treatment for Marek’s, but thankfully there is a vaccine available!
Any poultry illness can potentially become a national outbreak if backyard poultry owners fail to do their part in maintaining good biosecurity practices. Let’s outline the main points of good biosecurity for a backyard flock owner.
Crooked or bent toes in chicks can be an unsightly condition, but in the majority of cases, having bent toes does not affect the chicken’s ability to live a completely normal life. Crooked or bent toes (bending sideways) is different from a condition called curled toes paralysis (toes curl under causing the bird to walk on the top of the foot). Here are a few reasons when and why your chicks may develop curled or bent toes and how to treat them.
The frizzle feathering sometimes found in chickens is a rare occurrence, and therefore highly desired in some breeds. Here is an overview of how the frizzle feather mutation occurs and why not all chicks sold as frizzles will have frizzled feathers.
Coccida thrive in humid and warm locations, so the first line of defense is to keep that brooder litter clean and dry! Spilled waterers and a build up of chick manure will very quickly allow the coccidia in the environment to gain a foothold and explode, allowing your chicks to become heavily infected very quickly.
Meyer Hatchery carries a variety of exotic pheasants, take a look at general overview on how to raise exotic pheasants to start your adventure today!
Why is my hen not laying? Let’s explore some of the most common reasons why hens slow down or stop laying eggs altogether.
Spring is time to plant your garden. While you are preparing and planting your garden, now is a great time to plant a garden for your chickens. Your chickens will love to graze their own garden and will benefit from the nutrients from the plants.
Find out if blood spots or meat spots in your fresh eggs are OK to eat.
If you own poultry, eventually there will come a time when you need to treat an injury or illness with one of your birds. You can save yourself some stress and help your sick or injured patient quickly if you are well-prepared with a poultry first aid kit.
An update on what it has been like using the deep litter method for keeping the coop clean and creating, essentially, a compost.
During the winter, it is important to give your chickens some ways to keep the Winter boredom at bay. Use these methods to help prevent winter boredom