Content tagged "chickens"

What is poultry?

Small and Backyard Flocks Science for Youth Updated: October 01, 2015

 What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word poultry? For most people, chicken is what immediately comes to mind. While it is certainly the...

How does a hen make an egg?

Small and Backyard Flocks Ag Zone Updated: May 20, 2015

There’s a lot that goes into the making of an egg! To understand exactly how an egg is made, we first need to know what its parts are.Yolk. This is the most...

What's New with Bird Flu?

 Tune in to What’s New with Bird Flu on Friday, February 27 at 2:00 EST. This webinar will teach listeners how to protect their poultry, their families and...

How can I tell which hens are laying and which are not?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: November 07, 2012

There are several physical signs that indicate whether a hen is productive.Figure 1. Comparison of the comb and wattles of a productive (left) and...

How can I distinguish male and female chickens?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: November 02, 2012

It is fairly easy to differentiate between male and female chickens when they are adults. Depending on the breed, adult male and female chickens have...

How can baby chicks survive without a mother hen?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: November 02, 2012

Chickens are precocial animals, which means that the chicks are able to get up, walk around, and feed themselves shortly after hatching. As long as their...

What kind of chicken lays green eggs?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 18, 2012

The Araucana breed of chicken lays blue or greenish eggs. This is a genetically dominant trait, and when Araucana chickens are crossed with other breeds, the...

What are the origins of the term "henpecked"?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 17, 2012

The term henpecked has its origins in the means (pecking) used by one hen to show dominance over another in the establishment of a pecking order. For more...

Is there a way to de-crow a rooster?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 17, 2012

There is no safe way to de-crow roosters. Years ago a few veterinarians used to de-crow roosters with a surgical procedure, but since the "voice box" of...

I've read that the white, stringy things in eggs, the chalazae, are the sperm sacks. Is this true?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 17, 2012

There are no sperm sacks in an egg. If an egg is fertilized, a single sperm will have merged with the female genetic material to start the embryo. The...

Can roosters be infertile?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 17, 2012

Yes, it is possible for roosters to be infertile or to produce very few sperm. If your hens are producing a lot of unfertilized eggs, you can actually "milk"...

I accidentally cracked open an incubating egg. What should I do? Will the chick die?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 17, 2012

The chick's survival will depend on how close to hatching it was before you cracked the egg. If it would have hatched on its own in a day or two, it has a...

What are the reasons for prolapse in layers and treatments and prevention?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 16, 2012

When a hen lays an egg, the lower part of the hen's reproductive tract (oviduct) is turned inside out along with the egg. This allows the hen to lay an egg...

Do eggs from Araucana and Ameraucana chickens have less cholesterol than regular eggs?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 06, 2012

On a per gram basis, Araucana and Ameraucana eggs have more cholesterol than regular eggs. The yolks of these eggs, however, are smaller than the yolks of...

What is a meat spot?

Small and Backyard Flocks Food Safety Updated: October 05, 2012

A meat spot is a piece of oviduct (reproductive tract) dislodged during the formation of the egg. Meat spots, which look like small pieces of meat, are...

My chickens have dark warts and sores on their faces, wattles, and combs. What's wrong?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: September 28, 2012

Dark warts and sores on chickens' faces, wattles, and combs may indicate fowl pox. Fowl pox is a slow-spreading viral disease characterized in the cutaneous...

How many eggs does a chicken lay per year?

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: September 27, 2012

The number of eggs a chicken lays per year depends on the chicken's breed, the nutrition it is provided, and the management of its flock. A hen in a...

Avian Influenza Prevention in 3D

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: April 03, 2012

As more people begin to raise poultry in their backyards, it has become important to spread awareness of simple biosecurity procedures that can prevent the...

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