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

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Nutrition for Turkeys

Let’s Talk Turkey about Feeding Turkeys!   So you’ve found yourself raising a turkey (or maybe even a couple) for some unique companionship or healthy white meat. Whatever the reason may be, it’s pretty easy to realize that turkeys are much different from chickens and other birds. In other words when it comes to nutrition (and husbandry), turkeys are not just big chickens!   To that point, turkeys, at all stages of development, require different

Best Meat Producing Chicken Breeds

Grill it, fry it, throw it in the oven! Over a dozen ways to prepare it and hundreds of recipes later, the chicken finally ends up on your plate, but if you’re here you’re probably starting at the first step of the process: actually raising the chicken. Fret not, because we’ll discuss the basics of raising poultry for meat and the best breeds you can choose.   The Basics   You may have heard of

Good Egg Laying Breeds

Egg-cellent Eggs! The Best Egg Laying Breeds for Your Backyard Needs Raising your own laying hens, right from the comfort of your backyard, can save you a trip to the grocery store and let you consume more of the perfect protein source in your everyday life! However, it may be difficult trying to decide which laying breeds are best suited for your space, needs, environment, and overall egg-cellent! Whether you’re experienced with raising backyard poultry

Taking Care of Chickens in Cold Weather

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway: Except for Chickens! A Guide to Keeping Your Flock Warm in Cold Weather Has the cold weather and almost freezing temperatures been getting you down? Well, just like us humans, it’s especially important for poultry (including chickens) to stay warm. If backyard chickens have to deal with prolonged cold, this can decrease their metabolism, reduce their egg production, and lead to increased sickness or even death. In this article,

Chicken Wound Management

Just like all of our pets, chickens get injured. If you’ve done some basic first aid on you, your kids, your dogs, cats, horses, llamas etc., you can do it also on your good old backyard chickens. While chickens are not dogs, cats or even children, in general there are more similarities than differences. However, know your limitations. If something is bleeding excessively or we’re dealing with broken bones, puncture wounds from dogs and cats

Compassionate Choices: Consideration for Euthanizing a Backyard Chicken

Written by ChatGPT and edited by Maurice Pitesky and Joseph Gendreau from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine-Cooperative Extension   ChatGPT Generative Term: Write a 1 and a half page lay article on considerations associated with when to euthanize your chicken and how best to euthanize a backyard chicken     So we’re going to bet that euthanasia of your backyard chickens is not your favorite subject… However, planning appropriately for our chickens' inevitable

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