Dogs are often considered members of the family and it’s important to keep them healthy and free of intestinal parasites. Parasites are a threat to all dogs and outdoor dogs are especially vulnerable due to environmental exposure.
It’s that time of year. Summer. Heat, dust, and flying insects are a big part of most of our days as equestrians, and we’re constantly reaching for fly spray to ward them off or for the shampoo bucket, not only to get that show ring shine, but also to cool our horses.
But do you really know what’s in your products? Are they full of ingredients you can’t even pronounce? Do they come with warning labels about inhaling fumes or the potentially harmful environmental effects?
Rodent populations remain at all-time highs! Protect your home, farm and animals from unwanted pests with a well-managed rodent control program.
Controlling rats and mice is a constant battle that has been fought for centuries. In recent years however, milder weather patterns have created ideal conditions for rodent reproduction and increased populations. This creates numerous problems for those involved with agriculture and has many people looking for new and better ways to control rodents. Continue reading “Guest Post: Protect Your Home, Farm and Animals from Unwanted Pests”
Gretchen Suggs is the Owner of Sweetheart Silkies, Inc., a nonprofit organization formed to promote poultry health and provide education to backyard flock enthusiasts. She has been breeding and showing silkie bantams for 6 years.
For most of us, summertime is for vacations, sandy beaches, celebrations, and beautiful weather.
For the poultry enthusiast, we always have that lingering worry in the back of our mind about our chickens’ ability to endure the rising temperatures.
Chickens are no different than the rest of us in having their own ways of regulating their body temperature. However, in extreme heat (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), their bodies may not be able to compensate and cool themselves properly. Luckily, they have us to help them cool off during these hot summer months.
A chicken’s normal body temperature has a large range and you may be surprised to find it is quite high already (104-107 degrees Fahrenheit). Our backyard poultry can stay relatively comfortable in conditions where the ambient temperature is 90-98 degrees Fahrenheit. Unfortunately, this relatively high body temperature also makes our flock more susceptible to heat stress than any other species. Continue reading ““Chill Out!” – Summertime Safety for Backyard Poultry”