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Maintaining A Healthy Flock

Many of a start with just a few chickens and then quickly learn that we want to add more to the flock. Here's how to do that properly and safely
Are your hands escaping your yard? You may need to clip their wings. Learn how to safely perform this process and this article .
Before free-ranging your chickens there are some steps you should take to make sure your flock gains the most benefits from free-ranging, that they remain safe, and that they return to the safety...
Mites & Lice! Treatment and Prevention

A parasite is any living thing that lives off another living thing. External parasites can either suck blood or eat...
Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities. So the chances are pretty good that most, if not all flock...
Although many people may say egg eating is impossible to break, and to just cull the hen, in many cases this is not true.
This section provides information about diseases specific to poultry. BYC makes no guarantee as to the validity or effectiveness of any information presented here.

DISEASES...
Avian pox is a relatively slow-spreading viral disease in birds, characterized by wart-like nodules on the skin and diphtheritic necrotic membranes lining the mouth and upper respiratory system.
Egg Binding refers to a very serious condition in any female bird that has an egg stuck in the oviduct that she is unable to pass.
Mites and lice - Protecting and treating your flock
These pages provide information about some of the predators & pests that might impact your backyard chickens.
Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated chicken predators.
A guide to understanding and dealing with roosters and their behaviour
Vent Gleet is a chronic disease of the cloaca, also called the "vent" ,"butt", or as my 5 year old sons suggests "The Tweeter".
The fisher cat (Martes pennanti), also known as the "pekan cat", or "black cat", is a large, dark coloured, furry member of the weasel family.
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