Fluke Infestations in Waterfowl – Backyard Poultry

By Doug Ottinger. THERE ARE MANY PARASITES THAT CAN infect waterfowl. Among these are flukes, a type of parasitic flatworm that belongs to the scientific class Trematodes. Most people are at least remotely familiar with or have heard of liver flukes in sheep, cattle, and even humans. With some 24,000 species of flukes worldwide, some … Read more

Gut health is for the birds

A good intestinal flora keeps everyone healthy. By Dr. Stephenie Slahor. Poultry gut health protects your birds against infections and bacteria. WATCH TV ANY NIGHT and you’ll likely see an ad for drugs and supplements for the amazing body biome we call our digestive system.As food moves from the stomach through the small and large … Read more

Control the rats! – Backyard poultry

How to keep determined rodents away from chickens. by Susie Kearley. SOME PEOPLE SAY IF you have chickens, you haverats. It’s inevitable. If you agree with this statement, you haveYou’ve probably encountered a rodent problem or are looking to eradicate critters in your own backyard. A single pair of rats typically produces up to six … Read more

Herbs for Heat – Backyard Poultry

Keep your birds cool and avoid heat stress. By Heather Levin. Here in Tennessee, summer starts in early Mayand often only ends in November. It’s not just hot here. It’s like living in someone’s mouth…with high temperatures and humidity the norm for much of the year. Keeping my herd cool during our endless summers sometimes … Read more

Chickens and Fireworks – Backyard Poultry

Protect your birds from loud noises and falling firework debris. By Tove Danovich. THE HEN MUST have woken up as soon as the fireworks started. I was on the beach in Key West, Florida with hundreds of other people watching the4th of July show above water. The smell of hot dogs and bug spray was … Read more

A 365-day priority for the U.S. chicken industry

Many of us probably remember the days when meat, milk and fresh produce were not always easy to purchase during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for 800 million people, access to quality, nutritious food is a daily struggle. That’s why every May 28, World Hunger Day is recognized to raise awareness and encourage support to end … Read more

Summer Puffs – Backyard Poultry

By Cappy Tosetti. How it all began Soufflé is the French for the verb blow: to blow, to inflate, to blow and to breathe. Like many discoveries in history, there are different versions, depending on the region and the people involved in telling a story. The origin of baked soufflé is no different. A recipe … Read more

The pros and cons of chicken coop bedding

by Kenny Coogan With so many chicken coop bedding options, it can be overwhelming. I reached out to Marissa Byrum, Director of Communications and General Store Manager of Shell’s Feed & Garden Supply, to find outmore. Byrum has extensive knowledge of the financial and sustainability aspects behind poultry house litter and which types have the … Read more

Ask Our Experts – Backyard Poultry

From the June/July 2023 issue of Backyard Poultry, and regularly vetted for accuracy. MOVING A NEST When a nest is found, can the eggs be moved, and will the mother sit on them?Sadie Cox Hi Sadie,What kind of nest did you find? Domestic poultry or a wild bird?The answer to all of this is, “It … Read more

Sloppy Joes – Backyard Poultry

Story and photos by Rita Heikenfeld. Ground poultry makes a damn tasty sandwich. SLOPPY JOES. THE NAME alone takes many people back to their childhood. The aroma of slow cooking meat in a seasoned tomato sauce was mouth watering long before supper was served.When I was a kid we walked to school and the hot … Read more