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Thyme, oregano, a little vodka…not a recipe for pasta sauce, but herbal treatments from Amy Fewell for chicken ailments such as bumblefoot, external parasites, and respiratory ailments. Poultry body language can help you recognize the first signs of sickness, and to help them prevent issues from arising. Prevention is key when it comes to keeping […]Read more »
To heat or not, predator protection, managing molting, and other alliterative ways to prep your poultry for winter from Elizabeth Mack. Winter is here—if an arctic blast hasn’t surprised you already! While chickens are quite hardy, they do need some special cold-weather management, depending on your location and breed of chicken. Taking a few steps […]Read more »
Former GRIT Managing Editor, Kellsey Trimble, sat down with Patricia Foreman and Joe Putnam to discuss the best ways of preventing and treating common flock problems. From pests and predators to illnesses, dietary considerations, and the effectiveness of electric fences, listen as these three converse about the various issues they’ve experienced when raising poultry and […]Read more »
In this episode of the Community Chickens Podcasts, Bill Sadler talks chicken nutrition and why pastured poultry are best raised in mobile coops and/or fencing. Thank you Brinsea for Sponsoring this episode! Our Podcast Guest: Bill Sadler has both technical and personal experience with a broad range of animals and birds. He grew up on a small […]Read more »
Turkeys are pretty healthy birds, but they can catch some diseases. Luckily, you can vaccinate your birds for many of them. Turkey Diseases Turkeys are generally healthy birds. Most backyard farmers will tell you while the birds may be fragile for the first couple of weeks, they grow into robust adults with few health problems. […]Read more »
Most fungi are beneficial or harmless, but a few will cause serious health issues in your chickens. Fungi comprise a kingdom of organisms that include molds, mildews, yeasts, and mushrooms. These related organisms share the following characteristics: They have a nucleus, or core. They lack chlorophyll and thus are unable to produce their own food, […]Read more »
Blogger Shelby DeVore shares information about pumpkins, which are full of vitamins and other nutrients that your chickens and other poultry will love. When my husband and I bought our house several years ago, someone told us that we needed to put out horse apples or hedge apples (fruit of the Osage-orange tree, Maclura pomifera) […]Read more »
Learn about the worms your chickens can get and how to treat them with Shelby DeVore. You may have asked yourself whether your backyard chickens can get worms. Larger animals like dogs, cats and livestock can get worms, but their digestive tracts are much different than birds. Although chickens aren’t plagued with some of the […]Read more »
A chicken first aid kit is essential for everyone who keeps chickens. Traci DeLore provides us with a great list of what to include. No matter the size of your flock, eventually you will have to deal with some sort of medical issue. A well-stocked first aid kit can be the difference between a successful outcome […]Read more »
Traci DeLore shows how to identify and treat bumblefoot in poultry. Bumblefoot is a funny name for a condition that’s no fun to have in your flock. Simply put, bumblefoot is a bacterial infection in the foot of a chicken, duck, or other type of fowl. Identifying Bumblefoot You’ve noticed one of your chickens limping. […]Read more »