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This group was formed to respond to the needs of small- and medium-sized as well as backyard poultry flocks.

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Abandoned Nest

A Mallard made a nest under a small bush along the side of my house. There are 10 eggs. She stayed on them for 2-3 days, but now she has abandoned the nest. She hasn't been back in 2 days. What should I do? I haven't touched them at all and am still hesitant to do so because I don't want to leave my human scent on them if she does come back. I'm questioning if the eggs are still viable at this point and what, if anything, I should do.

Johnson County Kansas Posted 3 days ago

Feed composition

What should be vitamin A percentage in broiler during brooding

Outside United States poultry Posted 9 days ago

Effects of dewormer or hatching eggs and or baby chicks

Dear Expert,

Dewormers such as Wazine, if used on Chickens and they lay fertile eggs that eventually turn into chickens, are the chicks (once they mature) safe to eat? My concern is that if the chicken was medicated and laid a fertile egg during the withdraw period (i.e. less than 14 days), and the egg was allowed to develop into a chick, will the chick be contaminated or safe to eventually eat?

Ramsey County Minnesota poultry Posted 11 days ago


What makes seemingly all the males gang up on one individual,so much so that the picked on bird will head for a corner and bury its head for protection?

Maricopa County Arizona poultry Posted 11 days ago

Marek's Disease Vaccine: Yes? or, No?

I am waiting for an answer from the State, (VT) regarding the procedure to follow in a suspected (Marek's Disease) case of a 3 week old potentially infected Blue Silkie Chick. I Contacted my local Veterinarian's office and they too are waiting to hear from the state regarding protocol for handling such an event.

In further research, I have discovered articles and studies that claim to vaccinate chickens & turkeys against Marek's Disease may actually be more harmful than not vaccinating. Examples: PBS News Hour, ((July 27, 2015) Should I vaccinate?

In my area of VT, all of the grain/farm supply stores that sell chicks in the Spring from commercial hatcheries DO NOT have their chicks vaccinated against Marick's disease. I have ordered a single vial, (1,000 doses per vial) of Marek's Vaccine . from Meyer's Hatchery. Should I vaccinate my adult birds? I know the recommended age for vaccination is within the first 24 hours, but will the vaccine work for my older adult flock? It would be wonderful to have contact info. and procedure/protocol info. for reporting suspected poultry diseases, (and Livestock diseases,) within all of our state's Extension Service Departments. In addition, further resources such as closest diagnostic laboratories where necropsies can be performed to provide definitive results.

Penn State Extension has some good info. on Marek's Disease in chickens:

Addison County Vermont Posted 12 days ago

Sick Baby Chicken

Hello, my baby chicken has a yellow / white hard muck covering his rear end. He has trouble standing and is wobbly while standing. When I came home he was laying on his side, but he was asleep. I have 10 more baby chicks in his flock, and I want him to go back because there are 2 chicks who love him and don't want to leave his sight and I think it's heartbreaking that I have to move him because I am afraid it might be contagious. I need help on how to get rid of this yellow / white muck on his rear end and how to make him better. Thank you.

Matanuska-Susitna Borough Alaska poultry Posted 13 days ago

Help! What do I do? 3-4 wk. old Silkie chick w/Possible/probable Marek's Disease!

I am an experienced small-flock poultry owner. I have chickens, heritage geese, heritage turkeys, and India Blue Peafowl. I am aware of and promote bio-safe practices. I am aware of multiple illnesses, & diseases within all species of birds that we keep on our Small Sustainable farm.

Recently someone gave me, (as a gift) 6 Blue Silkie chicks and 3 assorted bantams, (I suspect 2 Old English and 1 Mille Fleur.) These chicks came from Tractor Supply, (Middlebury). I have not been able to get a definitive yes or no from them as to whether or not they vaccinate for Marek's Disease.

Yesterday one of the Silkies started exhibiting abnormal neurological type behaviors that are very similar to chicks infected with Marek's disease. I do know that Silkies are prone to Marek's, and the chicks have been separated, (By building) from my adult birds. I do know of the 4- most common types of Marek's, and that the virus is in the Herpes species, and highly contagious. I know that the other chicks don't have to show signs to be infected, and that symptoms often don't show up until the chicks are much older. And I have tried several things to help this chick out- based on potential "remedies", e.g. Local honey in water, electrolytes in water, Vitamin preparations administered orally to individual birds, etc. In Addition: Other than the neurological symptoms the bird appears to be fine, e.g. excrement is normal, eating and drinking normally (Non-medicated chick Starter-grower, (Purina.)

My major concern is protecting my existing adult birds, and I have 20 Heritage Turkeys due to hatch on Weds-Friday of this week. SHould I have the chicks destroyed? Should a necropsy be performed to give an accurate diagnosis? If they need to be destroyed do I have to bring them to my veterinarian? I am very thankful to you and the Extension Service volunteers for your answers and suggestions! Kris. You are most welcome to make this email public, just PLEASE DO NOT include email.

Addison County Vermont poultry Posted 13 days ago

chicken flock health question

I am in a period of chicken flock transition and need advice. We currently have two adult laying hens, who are great layers and feel like pets to us. One of these became very sick a year ago with a terrible respiratory issue that led me to take her to the vet. They could not determine the specific illness but we tried antibiotics, which had great results, clearing up all symptoms with the exception of gurgling when breathing and occasional sneezing. These symptoms have never gone away but otherwise she seems very healthy and happy, full energy, eating and drinking habits and egg laying. They have an excellent coop, well ventilated. Our other chicken has never shown any symptoms at all. We are preparing to introduce new young birds that we are raising from chicks to the flock when they are old enough and are considering culling our poor Lucille who shows the symptoms to prevent any of our new ladies from catching anything. We know that we have to cleanse the coop and remove her some time ahead to get things as sanitized as possible. What I wonder is whether we can keep our other lady Myrna, who has never shown any signs of illness, or if she most likely can transmit whatever it is to the new girls as well despite not having symptoms? We really want to keep her as she is a seemingly perfectly healthy, lovely gal who lays great eggs, but don't want to risk all of our new chickens becoming sick as well. Suggestions?

Multnomah County Oregon Posted 19 days ago


Which antibiotics are ban in poultry industry. Antibiotics resistance in poultry industry are harmful for humans? Diseased birds are eatable or not ? Is really diseases transfer from poultry meat or egg to humans. At what temprature antibiotic resistance diminished

Outside United States poultry Posted 19 days ago

Incubating eggs at 98°F

Im incubating 5 goose eggs in my home made still air incubator .

It is incubating for about 3 days . I kept the temperature at 37.4-37.7°C in the the thermostat . To double check the temperature I filled a plastic bottle with water and submerged 2 thermometers and closed the lid . After few hours when I brought it out both the thermometer's reading was 98°F . But if I keep those thermometers on top of the eggs it shows 99-100°F

I think the eggs remained at 98°F temperature for past 3 days .
What should I do now ? Are these eggs still good enough to hatch ?

Outside United States Posted 23 days ago