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Will Chickens Kill and Eat Each Other?

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Ideally, raising hens is a thoroughly enjoyable experience. More and more non-farmers bring home their very own flock in expectation of fresh eggs and a rewarding adventure. However, all too often, the dark side of poultry farming rears its ugly head in the form of tragedy within the coop. Even experienced farmers often deal with killer chickens. If you notice blood in your coop and injured birds, don’t lose all hope. There are several solutions to keep the peace on your farm and save a few poultry lives. At Dalton Engineering, we know chickens, and we have the tools to...

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How To Stop Chickens From Pecking Each Other In 4 Steps

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You’ve likely seen it before: a trail of feathers leading to the coop, screams from the roost, a small bird bleeding. When the pecking order has become a fighting order, you know you have a problem. This is a dreadful situation in which you have no choice but to interfere. Chicken bullying can come out of nowhere and escalate to the point of cannibalism rapidly. This is a serious issue with consequences for both your business and the residents of the coop. You work hard maintaining a peaceful farm and keeping your animals well-behaved. But occasionally your birds can act...

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Poultry Cannibalism: Causes, Prevention & Treatment

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Poultry cannibalism is a serious issue, one that not many farmers want to deal with. The easiest way to control it is to prevent it from occurring. However, this is not always possible. Let us go over the causes, prevention, and treatment of cannibalism in poultry. Causes of Poultry Cannibalism Cannibalism by fowl is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The exact cause is unknown, but many management conditions and genetics can make a flock more prone to cannibalism. Some sources of poultry cannibalism are listed below. 1. Overcrowding The overpopulation of poultry birds in a limited...

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How to Get Rid of Red Mites in Chicken Houses

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Red mites are small but potentially deadly arachnids. They are blood-feeding parasites that live outside the bodies of their poultry hosts. According to Gardening Know How, these arachnids are most active during the fall and spring. They come out at night and feed on the blood of domestic and wild birds.  A red mite infestation can cause your flock to develop heightened stress and skin irritation. Your hens will often experience a reduction in egg numbers. In severe cases, your birds can develop anaemia and die. Unfortunately, red mites are quite resilient. You may have to perform several treatments to...

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Fly Control in Poultry Farm: 6 Best Practices

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As a poultry farmer, you can’t neglect fly control. Fly control is essential for many reasons. For one, it protects your chickens from diseases like botulism, E. Coli, and tapeworms. It also improves performance as it prevents your chickens from becoming irritated. Perhaps most importantly, you have a legal obligation to implement fly control as it keeps your chickens healthy. Too many poultry farms use poor practices. Some even neglect fly control altogether. If you want to start implementing effective fly control, you’re in luck. We’re here to provide expert advice.  This guide shows you the six best ways to...

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