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For Youth, For Life Learning Network Information

Science for Youth Updated: January 12, 2016

The For Youth, For Life Learning Network is a community and network of learners interested in a variety of topics related to science, health, living...

For Youth, For Life Learning Network - Mission and Vision

Science for Youth Updated: January 12, 2016

The mission of eXtension is to provide an Internet-based educational partnership of 1862 and 1890 institutions of the Land-Grant university system that help...

Dairy Goat Management

Goats Updated: December 15, 2015

An effective animal health program is an essential part of a successful dairy goat management program. Good feeding and breeding will not result in maximum...

Is mold a health issue inside the home?

Floods Home Energy Updated: October 16, 2015

Mold in the home can be a health hazard if it's allowed to grow and isn't handled properly.The type and severity of health effects depend upon:People most...

Health and Safety in Child Care

Child Care Updated: October 16, 2015

Keeping children of all ages safe and healthy is one of the most important tasks of child care providers. Whether children are in center- or home-based care,...

Are all pre-existing conditions allowed?

Personal Finance Creating Healthy Communities Updated: September 29, 2015

Yes, all pre-existing conditions are allowed and can no longer be used to bar an individual from obtaining health insurance coverage. This provision of...

Hand Washing Tips for Child Care Providers

Child Care Updated: September 14, 2015

Washing your hands and the children's hands, or encouraging them to wash their hands, is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of disease. Child care...

Causes of Ascites in Poultry

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: May 05, 2015

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of KentuckyAscites, also known as"'water belly," is a disease in which fluid accumulates in a bird's abdominal...

Biosecurity for Small Poultry Flocks

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of KentuckyThe term biosecurity refers to the measures taken to prevent the introduction and/or spread of disease...


Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: May 05, 2015

The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) is a program developed to control diseases passed through the egg from hens to offspring.For more information,...

How to Contact a Goat or Sheep Veterinarian

Goats Updated: April 20, 2015

If at all possible, you should establish a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship with a local veterinarian. It’s recommended that the veterinarian...

My horse will not eat and has some white foam in his mouth. What could be wrong?

Horses Updated: November 05, 2014

Any time a horse is unwilling to eat, there is reason for concern.With foam coming from his mouth, one of the first problems to consider is choke (a blockage...

What does the term "managed care" mean with regard to health insurance?

Personal Finance Updated: December 08, 2013

The easiest way to define managed care is to compare it with traditional health care. Under traditional health care, doctors and hospitals are independent of...

The 2009 National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) Goat Report

Goats Updated: September 30, 2013

The National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) program unit of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) conducts periodic...

Madeleine Sigman-Grant

Parenting Updated: September 11, 2013

Spanning a career more than 30 years, Madeleine Sigman-Grant has focused on the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding. Her areas of interest...

Goat Reproductive Failure Toxicological Factors

Goats Updated: August 21, 2013

When feeds get wet/damp, molds can grow and produce toxins, or mycotoxins, that can lead to reproductive problems and failure. Aspergillus, Fusarium and...

How can I prevent diseases such as Avian influenza from infecting my backyard flock?

To help prevent disease in your backyard flock, incorporate these common preventative measures:For more information, refer to the page on Biosecurity for...


Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: November 05, 2012

A twisted or wry neck, which is an abnormal condition or diseaseFigure 1. Two sick chickens with one (right) displaying torticollis. Source: Jacquie Jacob,...


Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: November 01, 2012

An ectoparasite is any parasite that lives on the outer surface of the host animal (see the examples below). Also simply referred to as an external...

Breast Blister

Small and Backyard Flocks Updated: October 25, 2012

A breast blister is an enlarged, discolored area on the breast or keel bone often seen in heavy chickens and turkeys. The incidence can be aggravated by wet...

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...

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 toxic is Clematis to horses? Is it toxic all the time or only when it's flowering? Is it palatable to them or is it bitter where they will leave it alone?

Horses Updated: March 15, 2012

In general, horses will avoid plants that are poisonous, provided they have adequate sources of nutrition. It is always best to avoid planting poisonous...

What is in black walnut that make its nuts so special?

Families, Food and Fitness Updated: January 25, 2012

Black walnuts are a unique member of the tree family and a source of the omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid. This "good" fat is linked to several important...

Sometimes my baby's eyes look crossed. Is this normal?

Parenting Updated: January 12, 2012

It’s normal for infants’ eyes to look crossed momentarily for their first 18 months. As babies eyes get stronger this will happen less and less. Babies learn...

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