Toxic Fumes: PTFE Non-stick Coating Poisoning in Birds


Most of us have heard at one point or another that you can’t cook with non-stick pans around pet birds, and if you have not heard now you know!  The culprit lurking on the pan’s surface is the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or commonly Teflon) coating that makes the cookware non-stick. PTFE and related coatings (PFOA, PFOS, etc.) emits toxic fumes when heated that are especially dangerous to birds due to their unique respiratory system. These coatings are the most common source of inhaled poisoning in companion birds. This article will discuss why pet birds are particularly sensitive to PTFE fumes, which

Toxic Fumes: PTFE Non-stick Coating Poisoning in Birds2021-12-23T18:11:15-08:00

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 there are some analogous parts between our two species. The chicken picks up food with its beak and secretes saliva to help moisten the food.

Digestive Issues in Chickens2021-12-20T22:55:01-08:00

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    Here are a few other handy brooder hints: Brooder Space Set up your brooder space as a ring with approximately 0.5-1.0 square feet per chick.

Setting Up a Brooder2021-11-15T23:34:19-08:00
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