The California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System (CAHFS) is an animal diagnostic laboratory network that operates in partnership with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and UC Davis. The lab has four locations in California: Davis, San Bernardino, Tulare, and Turlock. CAHFS (pronounced “calves”) monitors the health of California’s livestock and poultry populations by performing routine tests for animal diseases, including animal diseases that affect people. Their services and reliable diagnoses are critical for keeping our chickens, ducks, and turkeys healthy and for protecting our food supply. The laboratories provide rapid testing for flocks with the widespread
Summer is a fun season of the year, filled with lots of outdoor time. It also means we will likely spend a lot of time trying to cool off! Just as we feel the effects of the hot weather, chickens are sensitive to the heat. Unlike us, they do not have sweat glands; when it gets hot, they can overheat. This makes them more sensitive to heat stress, a condition that occurs when a bird’s body temperature rises to fatal levels. Heat stress often results from a variety of environmental factors including humidity and air temperature as well as characteristics
Think your chicken is depressed? Has Tom Turkey stopped strutting? Birds often show signs of illness in subtle ways and it may be hard to detect. The first step to knowing if your chicken, turkey, duck, goose, or other feathered friend is sick is to know what is normal for your flock. We recommend that you start by watching your birds for a short time every day. Observation is a great tool for both veteran poultry farmers and new owners. Be sure to keep a record of your observations so that you don’t have to guess if something has changed.