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Common Chicken Breeds for Backyard Owners

When you think about a flock of backyard poultry, what kind of chicken comes to mind? Do you dream of Delawares, plead for a Plymouth Rock or wish for a Wyandotte? Here we will describe the most popular and commonly found chicken breeds for California backyard owners so you can better identify which bird will best suit your needs. What to Look For First, let’s go over a few defining features that will help with

Understanding and Preventing Bumblefoot in your Chickens

When dealing with any disease we have a tendency to focus all of our energy on treating the disease and then moving on to other issues. However, like most diseases and conditions in poultry, bumblefoot is largely a consequence of less-than-ideal husbandry practices. This means that you can prevent bumblefoot by optimizing a few simple husbandry practices. What is Bumblefoot? Bumblefoot is a bacterial infection or abscess of the foot. It’s caused by a cut/scrape

Preparing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in SoCal: Tips and Resources for Backyard Owners

Our temperate winter climate is not only appealing to the estimated 39 million people that reside in California; it is also the perfect habitat for the approximately 6 million ducks and geese that migrate south in the fall and winter. This migration of waterfowl follows the “Pacific Flyway” which traverses Alaska to the southern tip of Chile. In addition to the birds, any diseases they may be infected with, including viruses, migrate south in the

Collecting Eggs: Dos and Don’ts

Eggs are in many ways the ultimate food.  They come in their own protective shell, they can be eaten alone for breakfast, lunch or dinner and they are one of the key and healthy ingredients to many dishes including desserts.  In addition, eggs have historically served as an inexpensive source of high-quality protein, containing all the essential amino acids required by humans as part of a balanced diet. Compared to other food animals, chickens are

Defending Your Backyard Poultry Flock from Avian Influenza

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is a dangerous disease for poultry, that oftentimes leads to death of not only the individual bird, but the entire flock. It is a highly contagious disease that poultry are extremely susceptible to, that can quickly jump from one flock to another. Not only does this disease affect chickens and turkeys, but also domestic ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, and guinea fowl.    As you may know already, the United States has

Protecting Your Backyard Flock with Fencing

You’ve put a lot of time and effort into raising your own backyard chickens. Of course, part of raising your own flock is protecting them from other animals and predators (dog, cats and racoons alike…). Whether your preference for your birds free-range or live inside an enclosure, fencing is imperative to their protection from the outside world. Below we will discuss a few different types of fencing, and their pros and cons.   Chicken Wire

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