Author Archives: Gail Damerow

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 »

Successfully Transition Poultry From the Brooder to Outdoors

Successfully Transition Poultry From the Brooder to Outdoors

Successfully transitioning young poultry from their brooder to permanent outdoor facilities requires following a few common-sense guidelines. First determine that the birds are ready to move from their brooder, taking into consideration such factors as how well feathered the birds are, and outdoor temperatures during both daytime and nighttime. Degree of Feathering Fully-feathered poultry are… Read More »

Difference Between Production Chickens and Show Chickens

Difference Between Production Chickens and Show Chickens

Production chickens are efficient producers of eggs or meat. “Efficient” means outputs are maximized, while inputs are minimized. In other words, production chickens are bred to produce more eggs or meat while eating less feed. The main difference between production chickens and show chickens is that efficient production is not a consideration in breeds developed… Read More »

Gathering Goose Eggs — If You Can Find Them

Gathering Goose Eggs — If You Can Find Them

Geese are not particularly prolific layers, as poultry go. The top producers might lay about four dozen eggs per year, which gives goose eggs their high value.   The large white eggs are most often hatched to raise goslings for holiday roast goose. The eggs are also prized for creating craft items such as decorative… Read More »

What Is a Strain of Chickens?

What Is a Strain of Chickens?

A strain, also called a bloodline or simply a line, is a family of related chickens. They are distinctive in having been selectively bred by a single person or organization long enough for all the chickens to be uniquely uniform in some way. Each strain of purebred chickens has all the traits that define its… Read More »

10 Ways to Raise a Flock of Friendly Chickens

10 Ways to Raise a Flock of Friendly Chickens

Some chickens come running when they see you. Others squawk and run away or are just plain indifferent. Why are some chickens so friendly and others not? As prey animals, chickens are constantly fearful of potential predators. To raise a flock of friendly chickens you need to overcome their fear by proving that you are… Read More »

What Causes a Double-Shell Egg?

What Causes a Double-Shell Egg?

If one of your hens lays a super big egg, it likely contains another egg inside. Such an egg is called a double egg or a double-shell egg and is the result of a reverse peristalsis contraction.   How an Egg Is Laid To understand how this happens, you need to know how an egg… Read More »

How to Treat a Chicken with Bumblefoot

How to Treat a Chicken with Bumblefoot

Bumblefoot describes a chicken’s inflamed foot with a hard, swollen abscess in the foot pad. The word bumble originally referred to the affected chicken’s unsteady gait caused by the swelling. In recent times, the core of the abscess, or the abscess itself, has been referred to as a bumble.   The abscess may start out… Read More »