Don't bother with an electric plucker if you're not going scald. The key to the electric plucker's performance is with the scalding. I think hand plucking dry is your best best unless the kosher suggestions allow for skinning.
Debris in a compost can kill a chick/chicken
If the compost pile is not managed properly, the food can rot and certain bacteria can convert the foodstuffs in a manner that it will contain the botullin toxin. If the chickens get in there and eat the foodstuffs with the toxin, they can...
Don't start antibiotics unless you know what you are treating. It CAN hurt. It's everyone's responsibility to use anti-b drugs properly. Improper usage can increase the resistance of the germs to the drugs. This is how superbugs are created.
Looks like Iowa chickens are having a rough go of it this year:
228M eggs recalled following salmonella outbreak
WASHINGTON An Iowa egg producer is recalling 228 million eggs after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
I have one suggestion for you. Please don't rely on those clips to hold the lights in place! Last year, a neighbor of mine had his coop burn down because he used the exact same lights. The clip slipped and the light fell down onto the litter and ignited. Those lights get...
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How Old Are the chicks?
They are four weeks and one day old. I posted a question about 2 weeks ago asking how long broody hens care for their young. The answers I got ranged from 3-6 weeks.
It's been a while since I updated this thread. There hasn't been much going on to really update. Dottie has been very faithful in caring for her 9 remaining peeps. That is until yesterday. I was inside reading a book and heard the peeps through the screen door alarm calling for their mommy...
Thanks for the update Melissa. Take care of yourself and your family first. I hope someone will convince the state vet to take you seriously. Keep good records of your contacts with them. If this turns out to be Newcastles, then having the records of all you've done to try to mobilize the...
My broody hen hatched out some peeps last month, one of which had a leg problem. As best as I could determine, it was a slipped tendon because the hock joint moved forward and backward. It looked so painful. I found this website helpful for a wide variety of leg problems...