Does Apple Cider Vinegar protect your flock?

With Christmas being right around the corner, it’s time to celebrate and enjoy all things APPLE CIDER! Believe it or not, apple cider can be dated back to nearly 55 B.C. when the Romans sailed to the British Isles.  Historians believe that the locals were drinking a cider-like drink made from apples.  This popular cider… Read More

Raising Turkeys as Pets

When thinking of the definition of commercial poultry, people often forget that poultry extends to all domestic fowl such as chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. While the most common practice of backyard poultry farming includes mainly chickens and ducks, it’s also possible to raise turkeys! With November quickly approaching and Thanksgiving being right around the… Read More

Pumpkin Seeds and Chicken Treats

“So… since it’s October, does this mean I can start playing Christmas music?”  There’s nothing better than the month of October and Halloween.  The crisp air that makes your eyes squint when you walk outdoors, the smell of firewood burning, the feeling of the holidays being right around the corner, college football and let’s not… Read More

Comparing Brown Eggs to White Eggs

It still never gets old to me.  You know… when your friend comes up to you and says, “So, I’ve been buying brown eggs at the grocery store and I can really tell a difference in their taste.”  Their taste? You notice the difference in… nothing? It’s funny how some marketers have done such a… Read More

Red mites in poultry

Oh, how the (MITE)Y have fallen… While we are closer to approaching autumn and fall, we are still having record heat in North Carolina.  A few issues that have been brought up on poultry blogs and questionnaires is that backyard farmers have seen a rise in their poultry having bloody vents.  When looking closer at their… Read More

Heat Stress and Ventilation

As the summer months approach, so does the blistering temperatures and humidity.  As poultry owners, one of the concerns that consume our thoughts during summer is heat stress because of its negative effects on the welfare of meat birds and laying hens.  So, what exactly happens internally to the birds that cause low productivity, reduced… Read More