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3/01/2015

The principal causes for feather picking in growing chickens are overcrowding and boredom. Chickens on range are seldom bothered with the problem.

2/22/2015

There can be too much of a good thing. Assuming that that more is better often leads poultry raisers to supplement vitamin/mineral packages  in the feed with water soluable products. That is fine as long as package directions are followed. Over supply of some vitamins can result in a toxic reaction in poultry which could involve kidney failure and other organ damage.

2/15/2015

Some of your birds lay "weird shaped" eggs? It is probably best to avoid breeding from them since mis-shapen eggs tend to be a hereditary trait. That is true for both chickens and waterfowl.

2/08/2015

Those championships at shows that we all want to win are not won in the fall; they are won this time of year when one takes excellent care of the breeding stock and attends to the details with that incubator and those brooders.

2/01/2015

In very cold weather, collect hatching eggs as often as you can. After an egg is layed, it pulls in surrounding air as it cools. In zero weather, an egg can chill to the point of killing the embryo within 1/2 hour or even less.  An egg does not have to crack before fatal damage is done. Deep bedding in nests will help insulate an egg. 

1/25/2015

Never put soiled eggs into the incubator. Likewise, do not incubate eggs with thin shells. Soiled eggs introduce bacteria into the incubator and thin shelled eggs may introduce that trait into offspring that hatch from such eggs.

1/18/2015

Fertility a problem? Possible causes would include nutritional deficiency, age of breeders (too young or too old), parasites, or an un-noticed foot/ leg injury in the male bird.

1/11/2015

Two valuable sources of vitamins vital to fertility and hatchability are Wheat Germ Oil and Cod Liver Oil.

1/04/2015

When providing calcium for egg production, it is better to supply it free choice rather than to rely on what is in the feed. Doing so allows for some birds which need more to obtain it.  Crushed oyster shell is normally used to supply clacium to poultry.

12/28/2014

Concerned about fertility? Try adding Wheat Germ Oil to your bird's diet a couple of times a week. It comes in soft gel form which is popped into the bird's (especially the male's) mouths. It also can be obtained in liquid form which can be fed by coating whole corn with the Wheat Germ oil. It may take two to three weeks to begin to help so start before you need those fertile eggs.

12/21/2014

If your birds are not on free range, they will need supplementary grit to aid in digesting their feed. By the way, I have found that the small granite grit is a big help in eliminating slippery situations during the winter in the bird areas where one does not want to use salt or other chemicals.

12/14/2014

Do not wait until the last minute to put matings together in either waterfowl or chickens. Best fertility will be obtained when the birds are comfortable with each other. That is especially important in geese and Mandarins.

11/30/2014

Now is the time to complete winterizing your outside pens for waterfowl.

Heavy mill plastic covering at least the west and north sides of the pen is a good start. Add a submiseable stock tank heater to their drinking/bathing water will greatly simplify caring for them. Deep straw or pine shavings in their shelter will help the birds handle even severe cold.

11/23/2014

There are two very good reasons to wash chickens. Of course one should wash birds one plans to show. One should also wash birds one plans to offer for sale. Trust me; they will sell more quickly and for more money if they look their best.  See my article on fitting birds for shows for specifics.

11/16/2014

Both ducks and geese need to be able to wash their heads in clean water on a regular basis to avoid low grade eye infections. waterers which only allow them to dip their bills into the water are, therefore, not ideal.

11/09/2014

There is a high correlation between poultry feed consumption and their water consumption. That is especially true in waterfowl. it is vital during the cold winter months to keep unfrozen, clean water in available to the birds as much of the time as possible.

11/02/2014

Corn is to poultry what cotton candy is to us: fun to eat but not much nutrition. Supplement your feed with corn when you expect severe cold but remember that it is high in fat and low in protein. 

10/05/2014

Allow 4-6 weeks for birds to replace frayed or broken feathers prior to a show.

9/28/2014

West Nile Virus can be contracted by waterfowl until a killing frost kills mosquitoes for the season. Most affected are young birds which can die within 48 hours of showing symptoms. Chickens and turkeys can be infected but do not show symptoms.

9/24/2014

All types of poultry normally need their toenails clipped at least 1-2 times per year. Remember that long nails include a vein that also grows longer.  Keeping the nails trimmed will reduce the risk of cutting that vein.

9/21/2014

All types of poultry normally need their toenails clipped at least 1-2 times per year. Remember that long nails include a vein that also grows longer.  keping the nails trimmed will reduce the risk of cutting that vein

9/14/2014

When washing chickens for an upcoming show, do so 3-5 days ahead of the show and let them air dry (except Cochins and Silkies) if at all possible. They should be kept in a clean show cage until they leave for the show. If kept in clean pens, waterfowl should never need to be washed. Allowing them to bathe in clean water should suffice.

8/31/2014

Gardeners: your chickens can quickly turn used bedding, leaf debris, etc. into compost when it is placed in their pens. Top dress that debris with whole oats and add green feed to their diet even in a pen with no actual pasture.

8/24/2014

Work smarter, not harder. Minimize  extra labor while giving your birds the best care. Do more than one task when handling the birds. Example, spray for mites while you are moving birds from one pen to another.

7/27/2014

Poultry meds usually have an expiration date which should be observed. also, be careful to store meds propery. Storing in sub freezing temperatures, for example, will ruin some medications.