Monthly Archives: April 2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers a Run on Chickens

The COVID-19 Pandemic Triggers a Run on Chickens

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a run on chickens, causing people to ponder the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?   The Columbia Missourian votes for eggs: “Panic-buying the eggs came before panic-buying the chickens this year, though people have been doing both.”   But Newsweek opts for chickens, saying, “Many… Read More »

Mallard Ducks Choose a Mate by Drake’s Bill Color

Mallard Ducks Choose a Mate by Drake’s Bill Color

The color of a Mallard’s bill indicates its state of physical and reproductive health. Therefore, Mallard ducks can choose a healthy mate by assessing the drake’s bill color. Strange, but true. Here’s how it works:   Carotenoids and Free Radicals Carotenoids influence the red, yellow, and orange hues of a duck’s feathers, skin, legs, and… Read More »

12 Reasons for Low Fertility in Chickens and Other Poultry

12 Reasons for Low Fertility in Chickens and Other Poultry

  Like all reproductive qualities of poultry, fertility has low heritability. However, many factors other than inheritance come into play. Most of them are related to either mechanical issues or faulty management. Let’s look at the 12 most common reasons for low fertility in chickens and other poultry.   Mechanical Issues 1. Comb Style Single… Read More »