Articles from GPS1504

  1. Infertility Resulting from Genetic Modification Causes Rise in Chicken Prices

    Genetic modification has been a frequent topic of debate in the news for quite some time now. While it is frequently heard about in food circles, with the produce section of your local grocer being the area it is most widely discussed, it unfortunately does not stop there. Animals are being altered genetically as well, chickens included.

    Aviagen is a company known for providing day-old chicks to commercial breeders, such as Sanderson Farms. These chicks are grandparent and parent stock and...
  2. Fermenting Chicken Feed

    Feeding chickens is easy. You can purchase age appropriate feed, give it to your chickens, supplement with calcium in a separate dish, and voila: flourishing chickens! Well, for the most part that is how it works. Occasionally problems do occur, but overall, feeding chickens is a fairly uncomplicated process.

    It is possible, however, to up your level of commitment. This could entail seeking out organic feeds that are free of genetically modified organisms, which can take some effort to...
  3. Behavior Modifications for Aggressive Roosters

    If you ordered eggs or purchased un-sexed chicks this spring, now is about the time you may be realizing that you have a rooster on your hands. What to do with that bird is up to you; he can be kept as a part of the flock or found a home, which is easier said than done. If you choose to keep a rooster, it is possible that he might become aggressive upon reaching sexual maturity. This is not only at times a hassle to deal with, but can also be dangerous as his sharp spurs grow out. If you...
  4. Chicken Life Spans: How Will You Handle the End?

    Every living thing that walks this earth at some point will cease to do so, with chickens being no exception. The time will simply come when their bodies begin to fail and they pass on to the next world. In some cases, accidents or illness may take them prematurely, but ideally our chickens will live out their days in avoidance of such hazards.
    Photo: Roy's Farm

    If a chicken is allowed to live to the end of its natural life, without plans for culling, how long will that life be? As a...
  5. Creating a Cheap, Easy Protein Source for Your Chickens

    It is no secret that bugs make delicious snacks for a chicken. Since chickens are omnivores, bugs actually make up an important part of their diet and provide them with necessary protein. If you watch your chickens' natural behavior, you will see plenty of bug consumption taking place, as long as bugs are readily available.
    Photo: Garden Betty

    Something you can do for your chickens that you may not have thought of before is creating an environment hospitable to bugs. This may not sound...
  6. 5 More Ways the Chicken Egg Can Amaze!

    In the past we delved into malformed eggs and the reasons behind them, but believe it or not, strange eggs do not end there! Being misshapen is only one of the ways in which an egg can present as unusual and there are plenty more to discuss along with the various reasons why such oddities might occur. In fact, there are several more ways in which a chicken egg can amaze!

    It is a well-known fact that sometimes a hen has to try a time or two to get the egg laying process down pat. As pullets...
  7. Heritage Breed Profile: Silver Grey Dorkings

    Another example of a beautiful Heritage Breed with a great temperament is the Silver Grey Dorking. Historical accounts suggest that these birds date back to 54 BC at which time they were introduced in Britain by the Romans. From that day forward, this breed has been present in England and is a bird renowned for not only its demeanor but also its delicious meat.

    Silver Gray Dorkings, which are thought to be among the oldest known breeds of domestic poultry, have been categorized as an...
  8. Beat the Heat with these Chicken Cooling Tips!

    Depending on where you live, you could be wondering where spring went as summer seemingly crashed down upon us. While it is technically spring for nearly another month yet, temperatures are reflecting something else in much of the country. With temps in the 90's on what has become a normal basis for many of us, it is time to start thinking about how you will keep your chickens cool as the mercury continues to climb.
    Photo: Hen Cam

    Much like people and other animals, chickens are no...
  9. Save Money on Chicken Supplies at your local dollar store!

    Raising chickens can get expensive at times, especially when a supply run is necessary. With the plethora of items you go through on a regular basis combined with the medical supplies you should be stocking, the dollars you spend on your chickens can add up quickly. Lots of things we buy are specialized and chicken specific, thus requiring they be bought from outlets that cater to those needs.

    However, this is not true of all supplies. Many of the items we use can be bought at big box...
  10. The Benefits of Molasses

    For many years, molasses has been an important part of livestock feeds. In some cases it is used as a binder to hold feed components together and in other cases it is used to increase palatability. It is also used in water during cold months to encourage drinking by adding a good taste to it. Since molasses is sweet, it appeals to animals that are desirous of sweet tastes to enjoy.

    Molasses has more advantages than its taste and binding abilities, however. In moderate amounts, it offers...
  11. Treating Vent Gleet

    With chicken ownership comes experience in dealing with unpleasant illness and disease, and vent gleet is no exception. Also known as cloacitis or thrush, vent gleet is a fungal infection that, as the name suggests, shows its presence at the vent. This illness, which can affect digestive and reproductive systems, is luckily not contagious amongst birds with the exception of birds who are mating as it can be spread through sexual contact from hen to rooster. Additionally it can impact birds...
  12. Small, Bold, and Mighty: The Malaysian Serama

    With their puffed out chests and small stature, the parts of the Malaysian Serama come together to create a specimen that is both bold and proud in appearance. Although they are small, being a bantam breed, the Serama certainly appears mighty. This breed, also referred to as the Malay Ayam Serama, has been around for approximately 50 years although they were nearly wiped out due to exposure to bird flu a decade ago. It is thought that this bird is the result of a cross between Japanese and...
  13. Omphalitis: Preventing Mushy Chicks

    Omphalitis is a disease responsible for a lot of chick deaths during the first week of life. Also referred to as Mushy Chick Disease or Navel Ill, Omphalitis is essentially a navel-yolk sack infection in which a plethora of bacteria could be present wreaking havoc on affected chicks. Affected chicks may die as soon as 24 hours after the infection sets in or can live up to 7 days with bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Proteus, and others ravaging their bodies.

    The reason this...
  14. The Legal Realities of Backyard Chickens

    If you read the news you will see that backyard chicken laws are being changed and adopted all over the country. As people fight to start keeping chickens or even to keep the ones they already have, the law has been the focus of many chicken owners. While from the outside looking in, it may seem black and white, the fact of the matter is that there is more to many laws than meets the eye. The law is never as simple as yes, you can or no, you cannot have chickens. There is much more to it...
  15. Giving Shots to Chickens

    It can be tough to give a shot to an animal for the first time. In some cases, the animal probably will not take it as badly as the person giving the injection. At least that was the case with me; when I gave my first shot, I felt terribly guilty and apologized profusely for doing so. Fact of the matter is, however, you are doing a good thing for your chickens when giving them shots. It only hurts for a second and it improves their well-being, so there is no reason to feel guilty or put off...
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