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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading