You’ve put a lot of time and effort into raising your own backyard chickens. Of course, part of raising your own flock is protecting them from other animals and predators (dog, cats and racoons alike…). Whether your preference for your birds free-range or live inside an enclosure, fencing is imperative to their protection from the outside world. Below we will discuss a few different types of fencing, and their pros and cons. Chicken Wire Although chicken is in the name, this is one of the least successful fencing materials to protect your backyard chickens. The thin wire is easily
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