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.
Is important to keep our poultry healthy, happy and well! Just like us, our birds can get sick, which could be caused by diseases such as Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) and Virulent Newcastle Disease. As owners, it is your responsibility to learn how to detect disease, so that you can seek proper treatment for your sick ones. To help you, here is a compre-hen-sive (we try!) guide with tips on how to detect disease in birds! How does disease spread? Diseases are usually spread through contact and the transfer of bacteria, viruses and toxins. They can spread through multiple