Avian influenza is a dangerous infectious disease that can be spread easily and decimate huge communities of birds. Sometimes referred to as “bird flu”, avian influenza affects the respiratory system of birds and can transmit rapidly through direct bird-to-bird contact, or via contaminated surfaces (fomites) where the virus can linger. Infected birds can spread the virus through their blood, saliva, mucus, or feces. Certain subtypes of bird flu can even jump species and affect dogs, horses, and even humans depending on the strain of the virus. At the time of writing this article (April 2022), there is an ongoing outbreak
The discussion among backyard poultry owners about whether or not to wash the eggs you get from your hens can be a close second to politics or religion when it comes to conversations that don’t end well… Seriously, for some reason this is just one of those topics people get really adamant about. So Should I Wash My Eggs? Big picture, no matter what people say online, don’t wash or dunk your backyard eggs. The reason is that eggs are porous. In fact, an average egg has between 6,000 and 10,000 pores that form an imperfect outer layer that
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.