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Salmonella and Backyard Chickens

Every couple of years the CDC puts out warnings about getting Salmonella from chickens.  With the popularity of backyard flocks, especially during the era of Covid 19, they are once again warning of the dangers of holding, hugging, keeping your flock. But what exactly are the facts? Salmonella is a food poisoning. You primarily can get it from eating infected meat or eggs that have not been properly and thoroughly cooked.  But there is another avenue of transmission that we all need to be aware of.  Salmonella can also be transmitted by coming into contact with an item that is contaminated by fecal matter and then touching your mouth and face. The groups that are most at risk from getting salmonella in...

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National Chicken Month

September is National Chicken Month! Although officially promoted for the past two decades by the National Chicken Council and major chicken producers in the U.S. to promote chicken sales after the summer grilling season, it is also an opportunity to celebrate our flocks and raising healthier and happier birds! Interesting chicken facts: There are over 25 billion chickens in the world.  They outnumber all other species of birds and they even out number humans by a ration of about 3 to 1. Chickens are one of only a few living creatures that can trace their ancestry to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Chickens can’t fly very well, however they can run up to nine miles an hour! The longest recorded distance flown by a...

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Quarantine - Do You Have A Backup Plan?

Whether you're brand new to chickens, have been at it a few years like me or are a seasoned veteran eventually you are going to need a plan for quarantine. This past week reminded me that, although, I had thought through the scenario of needing to quarantine - I hadn't gotten everything into place.  So there I was, scrambling with a sickly chicken. There are several reasons that you may need to quarantine a bird. Injury - chickens are drawn to the color red, if you have an injured bird the blood will attract the others causing them to peck at the injury and making it worse. Illness - even if something isn't contagious, like my birds impacted crop, you...

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Beating the Heat - Thinking Outside of the Box with FROYO

Frozen treats - that's what this brutal summer heat call for to help your chickens stay cool! You can freeze fruits and vegetables but have you thought about freezing yogurt?  Yes, your flock can have plain, unsweetened yogurt as a treat every once in awhile.  I say keep it as a treat because of the sugars that come naturally in the milk.  Chickens have a difficult time processing sugars but a little bit every now and then is actually good for a healthy gut! Ingredients & Directions  Making frozen yogurt treats is actually very simple to do!  1. Just spoon some plain, unsweetened and unflavored yogurt (add some fruit for a really special treat) into an ice cube or silicon...

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