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”
I never really thought I would own and show goats like I do now.
A lot of individuals that have goats and show them start when they’re young or even in their early teen years.
Me? I didn’t begin until my Junior year of highschool and I’ve loved it ever since. My best friend, Mysti-Ane’, was the one who got me into it.
Most people who get into showing animals do it because their parents did it or they already live on a farm with livestock. That wasn’t the case for me. My parents, when I told them I wanted to show goats, were a bit shocked, but now they love it too.
It’s that time of year again. My wife says, “Should we hatch chicks again this year?” This is an opportunity she discovered over 10 years ago when our oldest was still in preschool. Now she’s in high school and driving.
But I have 4 daughters and the youngest has taken over the helm of the chick hatching project. I respond, “I don’t care, but I don’t want anything to do with being responsible for any aspect of the chicks.”
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Springtime means chick time, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year. Your nearby feed store is getting prepared for chick days and soon there will be lots of small chirping across the states.
When bringing home your new chicks, there are many things to consider on your chicken venture! Here are just a few:
Vaccinations are Key
Knowing the vaccine status of the new chicks is critical. Mixing your new chicks with current chickens could be exposing your current chickens to diseases/virus and vice versa.
It’s best to quarantine the new chicks for at least a few weeks. Typically, depending on the vaccine, most chicks are vaccinated within the first day-to-three days. The most common range of diseases for vaccination are: Continue reading “Chick Days: Springtime = Chick Time”