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Mushy Chick Disease ~ Yolk Sack infection ~ OMPHALITIS

Omphalitis Also known as Mushy Chick Disease & Yolk Sack infection   Omphalitis is a common cause of death in chicks during the first week of life and most common with artificially hatched chicks. It is a bacterial infection of the yolk sac. Various bacteria may be involved in yolk sack infection, E.coli, Staphylococci, Proteus, Clostridia, fecalis and Pseudomonas.               Understanding the yolk sack Growth of a chick begins in the small fertilized area at the top of the yolk. A network of blood vessels begins to develop spreading from the... read more

Vent Gleet aka Nasty Chicken Butt

Vent Gleet  "Nasty Chicken Butt" The word “Gleet” derives from the Latin “glittus”meaning “Sticky” so “Vent Gleet” is “Sticky Vent”   Vent Gleet is a chronic disease of the cloaca, also called the "vent" ,"butt", or as my 5 year old sons suggests "The Tweeter".  Vent Gleet is also referred to as an avian yeast infection, cloacitis, thrush, mycosis and fungal Infection.  Vent Gleet is mainly seen in laying hens and much less commonly in males. In waterfowl, it may be associated with lack of access to water in which to defecate while swimming.   Vent Gleet is not... read more

Homemade Easy Cooler Incubator

 A few other links to check out for incubating and Care of little ones!  Hatching 101 ~ Guide to ASSISTED Hatching ~ CABINET COOLER INCUBATOR ~  Mushy Chick Disease  ~ Duckling Care ~     HOMEMADE EASY PEASY ~ INCUBATOR!!!We have hatched hundreds of chicks in these coolerbators!     Incubator IdeasCoolers, Plastic or StyrofoamStyrofoam Shipping Containers (Pet Supply Stores)Cabinets with added interior insulationWooden Boxes with added interior insulation Links to Homemade... read more

Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching

ps.... dont hesitate to pop on the thread and ask for help....  CLICK HERE FOR THREAD!   Educational Incubation & Hatching, w/ Sally Sunshine, learn everything from hatching to processing and so much more through questions and chatting!     ALSO there is a 9 1 1 - HELP!  stuff went wrong links from the thread HERE..       Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching by, Sally Sunshine Poultry BYC Member Interview - Sally Sunshine GRAPHIC PICTURES FIRST Why?... read more

Hatching Eggs 101

ps.... dont hesitate topop on the thread and ask for help.... CLICK HERE FOR THREAD!   Educational Incubation & Hatching, w/ Sally Sunshine, learn everything from hatching to processing and so much more through questions and chatting!    ALSO there is a 9 1 1 - HELP!  stuff went wrong links from the thread HERE..  UPDATE:  I have pulled extremely helpful NOTES, LINKS & Informational Post Links from the incubation thread for EVERYONE'S convenience and will continue... read more


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Chickens In The Media - News & Articles On BYC & Raising Chickens

  News Articles: Entrepreneurs hatch hen-rental idea for fans of fresh eggs - (AP News, April 2015) The Surprising Ways that Chickens Changed the World - (National Geographic, December 2014) Can You Raise Backyard Chickens without Changing Your Lifestyle? - (The Allstate Blog, March 2014) Southeast Texans opting to get eggs in their backyards instead of the grocery stores - (, December 2013) All Cooped Up: Chickens are now chic - (, August 2013) Backyard Chickens? A Hard Boiled Assessment - (ABC News, August 2013) Pets That Make You... read more

Small Chicken Coop Designs Pictures Of Chicken Coops Page 5

  OH NO...   ... you've reached the end of our coop pages of this size, but don't worry, we're always adding more chicken coops all the time!!   In the meantime, you can visit: Chicken Coops Index Create your own coop page Visit our Contests section for a link to the current coop contest and submit your coop there!       read more

Advice For Chicken Owners

    Every day, Backyard Chickens (BYC) Community receives hundreds of questions from old and new chicken raisers. Since BYC is a terrific source of practical and useful information, we decided to ask for tips from our friendly and helpful members on how to take care of our beloved flocks.    Pic by ImaChickenGirl   Buying your Flock   There is a lot of differing opinions on where is the best place to buy your chicken. Some will say it's best to buy chicks from hatcheries.  Others would suggest you buy from a reputable breeder. Then there are feed stores, shows,... read more

Other Backyard Fowl - Ducks, Quail, Turkeys, Geese, Etc.

Introduction to Keeping Ducks How To Raise Ducks For Meat, Eggs, Companions Incubating & Hatching Muscovy Eggs Raising Ducklings To Ducks Duckling Care & Brooder Ideas Duckling Care and the Ancona Breed Keeping Muscovy Ducks Common Muscovy Health Problems Foot and Leg Problems in Waterfowl - Niacin Deficiency  Ducks in the Garden The Process of Raising Waterfowl: Selection, Incubation, Brooding, and Sexing Waterfowl Housing – Coop & Run Designs & Plans... read more

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