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A comprehensive guide to keeping yourself informed about the HPAI outbreak. The avian flu outbreak in the United States has affected commercial and backyard flocks of over 43.5 million birds in 39 states. An additional 41 states have reported HPAI (Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza) cases that have also been found in wild bird species. Here is the up-to-date information […]
Owning a chicken first aid kit for your flock is a must! Let's face it, no matter what level chicken keeper you are, there will eventually come a day that an illness or accident happens and you will need medical supplies for a member of your flock. As luck will have it, these events notoriously […]
If you’re growing a garden, consider adding herbs for chickens. Their benefits are two-fold, because they’re good for your birds and you! Herbs are notoriously easy to grow and maintain. They’re not picky and can be grown in almost any soil and will adapt to almost any situation (except being waterlogged). You can even add […]
As a My Pet Chicken Customer Service Rep, I receive health-related questions from y'all almost daily. A common question is about what appears to be a pasty butt in older chickens. In my experience, this is usually a case of "vent gleet," so I wanted to share what I know about it with you. A […]
If you keep chickens and haven't yet heard about the FDA's recent rules and standards changes please take a moment to read them. In this post, we'll provide some small flock guidelines and reminders to help you understand what this means for your pet chickens. New rules set in place for increased food safety and security have changed the […]
One of the weird things about owning chickens is that you have to pay a lot of attention to chicken poop. It's strange, but it's an important indicator of health or illness, just as it is in humans. Healthy chicken poop is generally greenish or brownish, depending on diet, and (when fresh), about the consistency […]
Crossed Beak / Scissor Beak, can be severe, but many times, this beak malformation is not hazardous to your chicken's health.   This condition can afflict any breed, but seems to be more prevalent in Easter Eggers or Ameraucanas. My only experience with cross beak / scissor beak occurred with one of my Blue Wheaten Ameraucana pullets that I had so […]
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