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List of Poultry Necropsy Labs by State

Chickens Medicine

List of Poultry Necropsy Labs by State

  If you have chickens, the unfortunate reality is that at some point, they will die. But what happens if one dies young, or several birds die in succession? Maybe you suspected it was an illness that ultimately brought your beloved birds demise. Wouldn't it be nice to know what caused your loss(es) to prevent them in the future? Consider sending the bird to your local laboratory for a necropsy. Many laboratories offer this service for free or a nominal fee. Keep in mind that if you decide to have a bird sent to the lab, special preparation is necessary. Start by...

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Medicated vs Non-medicated Chick Starter Feed

Chickens Homestead Medicine

Medicated vs Non-medicated Chick Starter Feed

When raising chicks for the first time, there is a lot to learn and it can quickly become overwhelming. One common question I am asked, and one that I had when I first raised chicks, was “Should I should use medicated chick starter?”. If you have tried looking this up before you may have been left even more confused than when you started. Hopefully this will help clarify the difference between the two so you can make an educated decision about what is most appropriate for you. Why are there two options of chick starter and what am I “medicating”...

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How To Fix Crooked Toes on Chicks

Chickens DIY Medicine

How To Fix Crooked Toes on Chicks

Crooked toes on chicks can range from mildly cosmetic to debilitating. Fortunately, despite how significant it may seem, it is a relatively quick and easy fix if corrected promptly. Young, just hatched birds have high success rates in as little as 24 hours. We recently had to fix a severe case in a just hatched peafowl, which prompted this post. Finding the cause of crooked toes is important to hopefully prevent such problems in the future.  Causes of crooked toes include: Incorrect incubation temperatures Mishandling of eggs Improper egg storage Storing for too long Incorrect temperature or humidity Breeding stock...

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Nest Box Herbs: Are they worth the hype?

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Nest Box Herbs: Are they worth the hype?

Nest box herbs. These beautiful blends of brightly colored herbs look gorgeous and promise for “more relaxed hens” and to “support broody hens”, with claims of pest control, worming and increased egg production. But are they really worth the hype or are they a modern day snake oil? You might be surprised. It is becoming more common to find aromatherapy and essential oils in our everyday life. However humans are not the only ones that seek out herbs for their health benefits. Numerous articles in scientific journals have noted the use of medicinal herbs by various birds throughout the world....

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Sustainability Project: Edible Mushroom Logs

DIY Homestead Medicine Sustainability

Sustainability Project: Edible Mushroom Logs

Ever since I was a child, I've been fascinated with mushrooms. Whenever we would visit the mountains I delighted in the various fungus growing among the threes and fertile ground. It was one of my favorite things to take pictures of! I recently stumbled across an article about growing your own mushrooms, so I decided to give it a whirl. Not only did it sounds like a fun project, but mushrooms have many medicinal properties and we enjoy eating them. Homegrown mushrooms are also much healthier than store bought ones, due to the growing mediums used. Store bought mushrooms are grown...

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