Whether a producer keeps a few poultry birds or several thousand, common external parasites such as fleas, ticks, lice and mites can be devastating. Left unchecked, parasites can spread throughout a flock, causing economic loss and unnecessary suffering by the infected birds. Fortunately, the signs of a parasite infestation are often easy to detect, and there are a wide variety of products available for treatment.
As the weather turns cold, it is time to start thinking about winterizing your coop so your chickens stay healthy and produce eggs through the colder months. To help you, we have compiled a list of basic winterizing tips.
The avian influenza outbreak of 2015 was the largest animal health emergency in the United States history. Although no one knows exactly how the flu spreads, health officials do know certain practices contribute to the spread of the disease.