Mareks Disease

MAREKS DISEASE (MD), is a common virus that causes internal lesions (tumors), and kills more birds than any other disease. It is so common...

Heat Prostration

HEAT PROSTRATION is a serious problem this time of year in most states. It can also be a problem any time in certain areas...

Biosecurity

Do you have a closet chef among your flock? I don’t think so. You’ve got mice – little ones. BIOSECURITY is practiced in the...

Stress Management

STRESS is a big factor in determining the overall health of our birds. Stress comes in many forms and seems to affect the best...

Supportive Therapy

I’m not talking about the need for psychotherapy (although if you’re talking about my birds, it’s debatable); I’m talking about SUPPORTIVE THERAPY. Supportive therapy...

General Care

Many of you ‘older’ fanciers will remember one of my favorite TV programs from the past called ‘Quincy’, but for the younger audience, Dr....

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is a coccidian protozoan parasitic disease that affects mammals, birds, and reptiles. It primarily affects the central nervous system but can also affect...

Nutrients

The feed which chickens eat is made up of water, carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals and vitamins. Each nutrient serves a special need. What we...

Cell Migration

Quite often, I will receive a call or an email from someone who is frantic over the devastating injury caused to their poultry pet,...

Common Poultry Myths

Let’s talk about COMMON POULTRY MYTHS. Medicated Starter will kill your waterfowl. You cannot eat eggs from chickens that eat medicated Layer feed with...

Mites

Your chickens’ bottoms that is – you know, the area where the egg comes out in a hen and the area on the roo...

Infectious Laryngotracheitis

Chickens do not suffer from the Common Cold. Your bird may have one of many upper respiratory ailments, such as Infectious Coryza, Infectious Bronchitis,...

Worms

Free-ranging birds enjoy many benefits and privileges over those kept in coops and cages. However, there can be a host of problems that occur...

‘Crusty’ Duck Heads

It’s unsightly, it’s crusty, it destroys feathers, and it’s sticky when wet – what IS that stuff? Oh-No! It’s ‘DIRTY DUCK’ SALIVA! You’ve seen...

Infectious Bronchitis

Chickens do not suffer from the Common Cold. Your bird may have one of many upper respiratory ailments, such as Infectious Coryza, Infectious Bronchitis,...

Wintering

Ohhh, the weather outside is frightful…(I’d insert a musical note here if I had one.) This month I’m going to talk about the joys...

Toxins

A POISON by any other name is still a poison. To paraphrase Paracelsus from 400 years ago, it’s ‘the dose that makes the poison’....

Coccidiosis

I’m not. That’s because I practice prevention. And if there’s anything to practice prevention for, it’s COCCIDIOSIS. Since Coccidiosis is one of the most...

First Aid Kit

I bet that’s what you’d love to do every time one of your feathered friends has an illness or injury – come on, admit...

Egg Drop Syndrome

If you have a serious problem with thin-shelled or shell-less eggs, or a marked reduction in egg production, then you could be dealing with...

Hatching

I’ve had both the good fortune of good fertility and a great hatch during a year that seemed disappointing for others, and the opportunity...

Egg Binding

EGG BINDING is a serious disorder that most commonly affects a young hen when laying her first egg, but can affect any hen at...

Infectious Coryza

They probably have one of any number of upper respiratory ailments, such as Infectious Coryza, Infectious Bronchitis, a CRD, or perhaps some other form...