Blood Spots

I found a blood spot in my fresh egg – what is that and are these eggs safe to eat? Blood spots are also called meat spots and are occasionally found on an egg yolk. Contrary to popular opinion,...

First Aid

What do you recommend I keep around in terms of supplies in case of an emergency? I recommend the following items: Rubbing alcohol, cotton balls and swabs, gauze bandages, Vet Wrap or similar item such as an Ace bandage,...

Grit

What is grit and when should I use it for my poultry? Grit is anything that would provide a grinding tool in the gizzard, where the feed is broken down. Tiny pebbles, sand, grit, canary or pigeon grit, etc....

Leg Injury

My chick can’t walk. It injured it’s leg. Is there anything I can do? The poultry orthopedic chair has several uses. Some of the first ones that I ever made were for paralyzed chicks and the purpose was to...

Medicated Starter

Is it safe to use medicated Starter/Grower for my waterfowl? Yes, provided that the medication in the feed is Amprolium. Bacitracin is also safe but not as common. Medicated feed was once considered toxic to waterfowl due to the...

Oyster Shell

When should I start my pullets on oyster shell? Oyster shell should never be given to young pullets before egg production since calcium overdose may cause kidney damage. Only hens in production should be provided a calcium supplement such...