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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...


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 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...

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...

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