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.
Most of us are familiar with the parasites that affect dogs and cats, but what some people don't know is that parasites are a common problem in poultry as well. It's essential to be familiar with which parasites affect birds, so we can be vigilant and protect our flocks. What are parasites? A parasite is an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (also known as a host). These parasites benefit from the host by getting food at the host’s expense. There are internal and external parasites that affect our feathered friends. Internal parasites live inside
Raising poultry is exciting, but it definitely takes some work to keep your birds safe while outside. You’ll want to protect your birds from hungry predators, pests and wild animals that can pass on diseases to your birds and to you! Wild Birds It’s important to keep your poultry separate from wild birds, turkeys, and waterfowl, like ducks and geese. As fellow members of the bird family, wild birds can pass-off certain diseases to our domestic birds. That means it’s very important that we create barriers around our poultry, and practice good biosecurity, to minimize the risk to our