Have you ever wondered what the little shield symbols on store-bought egg cartons mean? And maybe… more importantly, how those shields qualify those eggs to sold to the general public? In this article, I explain how eggs are graded as well as how the shields are used to qualify eggs for human consumption according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)…
Keeping lice and mites in check is a must for every backyard chicken keeper. However, with so many products on the market, how do you know which ones are right for your flock? Are they safe to use? Are there natural/non-toxic alternatives available that are effective? In this article, I will be listing some of the various products available (for treatment and prevention). I will also list some of the health and safety hazards of common poultry pesticides and suggest safer alternatives that can help your flock stay free of lice and mites for good! Continue reading “Lice & Mite Treatments for Chickens”
A Crossed beak (also called a scissor beak, crooked beak or lateral beak deviation) is the term used for when the top part of a bird’s beak does not align properly with the lower portion, resulting in crossed appearance. The severity of the deformity can range greatly from case to case. In this article, I will be giving some further information on the causes of crossed beak deformities. I will also offer tips and advice on care based on my experiences with crossed beak chickens.
Overheating is a serious issue for any animal and can be dangerous if gone unchecked. Since chickens don’t sweat, it can be difficult for them to cool down in high temperatures… Okay, you may not be a modern-day super hero who controls the weather patterns or anything like that but… Here are some fun things that you acctually can do to help them beat the heat! Continue reading “Easy Ways to Help Your Chickens Beat the Heat!”
Vent pasting is a common issue with young chicks. Vent pasting is completely curable. However, it is often the result of stress or other health issues. Such problems may cause re-occurent vent-pasting if gone un-checked. In this article, I will be providing the causes of vent pasting as well as how to treat it… Continue reading “Vent Pasting in Chicks: Causes & Treatment”
Chickens love to dust bathe and will do it pretty much whenever they find a good patch of dust. Dust baths are also absolutely essential for a chicken’s proper hygiene maintenance… But why? You’d think that rolling around in the dust would make you… well… dirtier. However, for chickens, taking a dust bath actually cleans them! Here’s how it works… Continue reading “Why Chickens Dust Bathe”
Chickens are very adaptable birds (thus the reason they are common livestock in so many countries). However, chickens can get to cold. So… when should you be concerned for your chickens in cold temperatures?
Finding an egg in the nest box with blood on the shell can give any chicken keeper quite the scare… At least it did for me, my first time, a few years ago! However, they are not always dangerous. Bloody eggs generally come from young hens and pullets coming into lay. However, it can happen at almost any age. So… How does it happen… and when is it dangerous? Continue reading “Blood Stained Egg Shells”
Healthy hens, primarily on there younger years, will occasionally lay a misshapen egg here and there but not on a frequent basis. In this post, I will explain some of the causes of Smashed-in eggs (which are called slab-Sided eggs) and White-banded eggs. . . Continue reading “Smashed-In Eggs & White Banded Eggs”