Happy Bird2020-06-15T09:37:01-07:00

Happy Bird

What is more delightful than watching contented chickens dust bathe, forage and scratch in the dirt?  You can help keep your birds jolly by providing enrichment and a healthy environment for play.

This section will discuss topics such as:

  • Understanding pecking order
  • How to determine if your chicken is stressed
  • Creative ways to keep chickens engaged

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Quacking the Case: Understanding What to Feed Your Ducks

Whether you’re raising ducks as pets, for their eggs, meat, or to eventually be released, nutrition is an important part of their lives—and good nutrition will help ducks live healthy lives! It’s true that the nutrition of ducks is similar to chickens, but there are key differences you should know about when deciding what to feed your ducks. If you’re concerned about what to feed your duck at each stage of its life, what not to feed your ducks, differences in diets, and more keep reading to “quack” the case and get your questions answered!   Basics of Duck

Preparing Poultry for the Big Show!

Preparing Your Market and Breeding Chickens for Poultry Shows The time has finally come—after carefully raising, feeding, and caring for your chickens you’ll soon be at your local fair! Here, you’ll hopefully be able to sell and show either your market or breeding poultry, but just like other exhibitors need to prepare their swine, goats, lambs, and cattle for the fair, so do you with your chickens! This may leave you with a million questions like when do I start preparing and how do I get my chickens ready? Don’t worry, and just keep reading to get those questions

Keeping Your Flock Cool: Assessing and Reducing Heat Stress in Backyard Chickens

Just like us humans, heat stress can be a major concern for backyard chickens. Poultry, particularly chickens, are susceptible to heat-related issues, which can lead to reduced egg production, poor growth, and even fatalities if not properly managed. Understanding how to assess and reduce heat stress is essential to ensure the health and well-being of your flock. In this article, we'll delve into the basics of identifying heat stress in chickens and implementing effective measures to keep your feathered friends cool and content. Identifying Heat Stress in Chickens Chickens are most comfortable in temperatures between 65°F to 75°F (18°C

Don’t Judge your Chickens…Unless of course you are a Chicken Judge

Judging chickens is a fascinating skill that requires a keen eye, attention to detail, and a deep understanding of poultry standards. Whether you're a backyard chicken enthusiast or aspire to participate in poultry shows, knowing a little about the basic of poultry judging is a good skill to have. In this article, we will delve into the basics of judging chickens, providing a comprehensive guide for beginners to start their journey in the captivating world of poultry evaluation. If you really get interested in poultry judging, get in touch with your local 4-H and FFA chapters to start participating

Good Riddance to Rickets

Causes of Rickets Rickets in humans’ chickens and every other animal that gets rickets is caused by a deficiency of Vitamin D3, phosphorus, or imbalance between Calcium and Phosphorus. Of all these, a deficiency of Vitamin D3 is the most common, and that is often secondary to bad feed that has been depleted of fat-soluble vitamins including Vitamin D. Ultimately, rickets usually occurs due to improper nutrition which results in poor skeletal calcification. Signs and Symptoms In chickens, rickets typically causes soft and pliable or rubbery bones and beaks that appear deformed. You can see this and other clinical

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