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By: Candess Zona-Mendola The CDC announced this week that they are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products. There are 90 confirmed human cases of illness, and 40 of those have been hospitalized. People are sick in 26 states. Confirmed outbreak Illnesses started on dates from November 20, 2017, […]Read more »
By: Candess Zona-Mendola Salmonella is to chickens as E. coli is to beef and Vibrio is to seafood. They are bacteria that are typically partnered with a particular animal or group of animals. But did you know chickens have another bacterium that is actually more common than Salmonella? It’s Campylobacter. In fact, Campylobacter is the […]Read more »
The Man: Meet Bruce. Bruce is a 4year old Lab/Pug mix. Bruce has a lot of energy, he’s super sweet, loves to play, is always down to cuddle, but doesn’t listen and has killed chickens before. Bruce uses his super speed to patrol all backyard activities. While he spares the neighborhood rabbits, his territory remains […]Read more »
Whether you have 2 birds or 200, it’s important to know what to do if an illness arises in your flock! Backyard chicken keeping is a lot of fun! But, sooner or later, chicken keepers will be faced with an illness that affects one or more birds in their flock. By acting quickly and being […]Read more »
By: Candess Zona-Mendola When it comes to raising chickens, bacteria are always a concern. Bacteria can sicken entire flocks, as well as the people who are tenderly caring for them. The problem with bacteria is that they are everywhere – from the soil in the ground to the intestines of birds. And no matter what […]Read more »
By: Candess Zona-Mendola I am the granddaughter of a poultry farmer. As a child, I grew up chasing ducks, feeding chickens, collecting eggs, and keeping away from the geese (mean little buggers they were). This also means that I learned a thing or two on bird keeping. Rather, how birds can make us humans sick […]Read more »
Whether you have 2 birds or 200, it’s important to know what to do if an illness arises in your flock! Backyard chicken keeping is a lot of fun! But, sooner or later, chicken keepers will be faced with an illness that effects one or more birds in their flock. By acting quickly and being […]Read more »
In this series, I’m going to break down the five most important parts to setting up a quality brooder for chicks. In part one, information was given to hopefully help you choose your brooder, now a heat source needs to be chosen. There are some exemplary options out on the market today. Most of the […]Read more »
When it comes to chicken keeping injuries and illnesses are par for the course. Keeping a chicken first aid kit is extremely important, knowing what supplies you need even more so. I like to have a separate small tackle box or tool chest for each type of animal. What’s in my chicken kit? Let’s go […]Read more »
Brrr! It’s cold outside. Not just cold, but freezing cold temperatures and brutal wind chills! I like to think that I am deliberate in tending to our flock of chickens this time of year, but it still happened! Yep, one of our chickens got frostbite on her comb. See those black spots on the comb? […]Read more »