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

2022-11-10T03:29:04-08:00

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 fall and north in the spring with them. One of the viruses that are endemic in waterfowl is Avian Influenza (AI). Unfortunately for our chickens

Preparing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in SoCal: Tips and Resources for Backyard Owners2022-11-10T03:29:04-08:00

Collecting Eggs: Dos and Don’ts

2022-11-10T01:33:54-08:00

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 relatively easy to raise and provide eggs in a short period of time. However, like other foods, eggs are susceptible to food-borne pathogens and can

Collecting Eggs: Dos and Don’ts2022-11-10T01:33:54-08:00

Defending Your Backyard Poultry Flock from Avian Influenza

2022-09-26T17:42:11-07:00

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 been hit hard with a widespread Avian Influenza epidemic this year, occurring from January 2022 to present day. Commercial and backyard flocks have been decimated

Defending Your Backyard Poultry Flock from Avian Influenza2022-09-26T17:42:11-07:00
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