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Egg Drop Syndrome (EDS)
Wondering why you're not getting so many eggs from your hens? Have you noticed a gradual loss of pigmentation in the shells? Are you getting eggs without shells?
The meat (broiler) chicken
The broiler chicken industry shows what can be achieved by applied science.
Chicks - food and water
Chicks dehydrate quickly at the high temperatures of rearing, so they must find water quickly after hatching and learn to drink.
Chicks are very active and when running, they extend their wings and flap them for use as breaks.
The hen and her chicks
Studies of wild fowl and free-range domestic hens show the importance of the very strong maternal behaviour that develops between the hen and her chicks.
Reproduction - the hen
The start of sexual behaviour is greatly affected by the environment, especially feeding, lighting regime and genetic strain.
Reproduction - the rooster
Males normally reach sexual maturity between 12-16 weeks old. This varies with management system and genetics, with the feeding and lighting regime having a major effect.
Social behaviour in poultry
Being a social bird from the open forest, the hen has developed a wide range of sounds for communication.
Setting a broody hen
Make sure the hen is “sitting tight’ on eggs before introducing the hatching eggs to her.
The Care Of Backyard Poultry - Introduction
This is the first in a 12-part series on the “Care of Farmyard Poultry”.
What breed of chicken to choose?
What breed of chicken you choose will of course depend largely on what’s available, and that will vary hugely from one country to another.
Hatching using broody hens
The best way for anyone with a backyard flock to hatch chickens is using a broody hen,
One of the best reasons for having backyard hens is that they provide your family with a regular supply of tasty fresh eggs.
Poultry health and disease
Generally, free-range poultry that is well cared for in a suitable yard has a very good quality of life.
Common health problems in poultry
There are hundreds of different diseases that can affect poultry, and free-range chickens may be more or less at risk.
Infectious diseases in poultry
Infectious diseases can be a problem in any group of poultry, even those in the best-managed backyards.
Non-infectious diseases in poultry
Many of the diseases that can cause problems in farmyard poultry are the results of infections by parasites, bacteria, or viruses, but there are many other types of problems too.
Treatment of disease in backyard flocks
If you have farmyard chickens then sure as eggs are eggs you will have to deal with sick birds sooner or later.
Ducks are endearing creatures and they make friendly and lovable pets, even if they can be a bit messy!