“Chill Out!” – Summertime Safety for Backyard Poultry

Gretchen Suggs
Gretchen Suggs

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”

Guest Blog Post: Will We Have ENOUGH to Feed the World in 2050?


Author: Becky Fouard, Elanco Corporate Communications

Real conversation:

Student, in a concerned voice: “What is that? Are you going to eat it?”

Teacher: “Calm down, it is just cauliflower.

Student: “What is that?

Teacher: “Wait, have you never seen cauliflower before? It’s a vegetable; please tell me you are joking.”  

ElancoThree years ago my husband and I moved from Kansas to the “big city” of Indianapolis for my new job with Elanco Animal Health.

With my shift in careers came my husband’s new role as a teacher at an inner-city high school, with 3,600 students from all different backgrounds. I will never forget the day my husband came home and shared with me that he had lunch with his students that day and none of them had ever seen cauliflower before. Continue reading “Guest Blog Post: Will We Have ENOUGH to Feed the World in 2050?”