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Information on laying and meat chickens and turkey, pheasant and partridge production and flock plans, feed management and poultry health and diseases, including avian influenza. Tips on small-scale egg production, both organic and non-organic.

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Mycotoxins and Their Effect on Poultry and Swine Production - Articles Articles
Feed grains contaminated by mycotoxins hurt feed quality and are detrimental to production in poultry and swine. Some key mycotoxins can induce differential impacts on poultry and swine production performance. More
"Week Old Chicks" by Jack Berry
Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks - Articles Articles

Respiratory Diseases in Small Poultry Flocks

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV

Poultry respiratory symptoms have many potential causes, some more serious than others. More
photo: AAAP
Marek's Disease in Chickens - Articles Articles

Marek's Disease in Chickens

Eva Wallner-Pendleton, DVM, MS, ACPV, Gregory P Martin, Ph.D., PAS

Marek’s Disease is by far one of the most common illnesses in small flocks and not treatable once the clinical signs have begun. Yet, it is one of the most preventable illnesses using vaccination. More
photo credit: Greg Martin
National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) Biosecurity Planning - Articles Articles
A formal plan for biosecurity is being directed by USDA/NPIP that will eventually lead to audits for those farms participating in this program. A NPIP biosecurity plan would augment a farm's overall HPAI control program. More
Poultry Production - Back to the Basics
Poultry Production - Back to the Basics - Articles Articles
Importance of water quality in poultry. Simple tips and advice to improve water sanitation. More
Respiratory Diseases of Small Poultry Flocks - Articles Articles
Poultry may become infected with several types of respiratory illnesses caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. More