Backyard Poultry Care2020-09-11T07:23:58-07:00

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Digestive Issues in Chickens

We all want to make sure our chickens are happy and healthy. Just like us humans, diet and nutrition are essential for the overall health of chickens. The following article focuses on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of chickens and how best to keep our birds happy and healthy with respect to diet and nutrition.   Gastrointestinal Tract of a Chicken From start to end, a chicken’s digestive tract is quite different than our own, though

Setting Up a Brooder

The goal of the brooder is to simulate the environment that would normally be present for chicks after hatching. In other words, the brooder keeps your chicks safe, warm, fed and watered.  Big picture, your brooder should: Be free from drafts but have good ventilation to prevent ammonia build-up Prevent rodents and predators from access  Warm and cozy Have access to proper feed and clean water Have bedding like rice hulls or wood shavings   

Sources of Baby Chicks

From a disease, welfare and husbandry perspective, the best place you can source your fertilized eggs or baby chicks from is a farm or hatchery that is part of the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP). To be NPIP certified as a hatchery means that the birds on the farm are tested for various diseases possibly including Salmonella (it depends on which level of NPIP certification the farm/hatchery has) which can cause your eggs to be

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Chicken Coop

Maintaining a clean coop is important to reduce the potential for disease transmission. To maintain good sanitation, you will need to periodically clean your coop. Good sanitation includes proper cleaning and disinfection of your coop. Big picture, proper cleaning and disinfecting (and we’ll go over the difference between the two) are crucial in order to prevent exposure to multiple infectious diseases including Marek’s disease, Salmonella and ectoparasites like mites. As an example, let's say your

Marek’s Disease: the Scourge of Poultry Everywhere!

You finally have your coop up and running. Your cute feathered friends are clucking away. You’re practicing egg-cellent biosecurity measures and feeding the right diet but what else can you do to protect your birds? SoCal Nestbox aims to provide you with helpful tools, such as  Find A Vet, on our site along with articles (like this one!) to support your happy and healthy human-animal bond. We are here to share important information with you

Considerations for Selling Eggs

You may have noticed more farmer’s markets and restaurants that source fresh products from surrounding areas since many people have recently refocused on “eating local.”  As part of this interest, many want to buy fresh, local eggs. The benefits of taking part in the buying or selling of these local fresh eggs include increased agriculture region awareness, socialization, and togetherness within your community.   If you have laying hens, you may be thinking about gathering and

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