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 hens 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...
Coccidia are a microscopic parasitic organism that infect poultry when ingested by the chicken.
Why are my hens not laying? Some common causes.
Lice & mites can be a big problem. Learn more about this enemy and how to keep them off your chickens.
Approximately 2% of all chicken eggs has some defect, ranging from minor, barely noticeable faults to downright alarming deformities.
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.
Although many people may say egg eating is impossible to break, and to just cull the hen, in many cases this is not true.
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.
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...
A list of information and Frequently Asked Questions about Marek's disease of chickens, as told from a backyard hobbyist point of view.
Mites and lice: Protecting and treating your flock.
These pages provide information about some of the predators & pests that might impact your backyard chickens.
Vent Gleet is a chronic disease of the cloaca, also called the "vent" ,"butt", or as my 5 year old sons suggests "The Tweeter".
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