Sour Crop: The Name Says It All!

2023-11-17T19:30:27-08:00

From the name “sour crop” you can deduce the anatomical location (aka the crop) and the smell (aka sour). What and where is the crop? The crop is a pouch (see Figure 1) just “south” of the esophagus, used for softening feed and temporary food storage in prey species (predator avian species typically do not have a crop) of birds including chickens. The purpose of the crop is to allow a bird to quickly swallow what food it can, store it in the crop, then fly to safety and digest the meal. Food enters the crop after exiting the esophagus

Sour Crop: The Name Says It All!2023-11-17T19:30:27-08:00

Marek’s Disease: the Scourge of Poultry Everywhere!

2021-10-05T23:47:26-07:00

You finally have your coop up and running. Your cute feathered friends are clucking away. You’re practicing egg-cellent biosecurity measures and feeding the right diet but what else can you do to protect your birds? SoCal Nestbox aims to provide you with helpful tools, such as  Find A Vet, on our site along with articles (like this one!) to support your happy and healthy human-animal bond. We are here to share important information with you about one of the most common and most devastating avian infectious diseases. Please read on to learn about Marek’s Disease and what you can do

Marek’s Disease: the Scourge of Poultry Everywhere!2021-10-05T23:47:26-07:00

Protecting Your Poultry from Pests, Wild Birds, and Predators

2020-10-01T08:12:22-07:00

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

Protecting Your Poultry from Pests, Wild Birds, and Predators2020-10-01T08:12:22-07:00
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