Nov182017

Protecting Chickens from Predators

All credit is given to Southern States for the information contained in this article.Whether you’re in an urban environment or surrounded by acres of land, other critters may want to cash in on the hard work you're putting into raising chickens. Here are some tips for coop construction and care that will help keep predators at bay.The Top: Create some kind of cover for your chicken run. Use wire fencing, chicken wire or poultry netting to discourage hawks and owls from having one of your... Continue Reading

Nov172017

Poultry Litter Application on Pastures and Hayfields

All credit is given to the University of Georgia Extension Service for the information contained in this article.Poultry Litter as FertilizerPoultry litter is commonly used as a fertilizer on pastures and hayfields in North Georgia. As the poultry industry expands to South Georgia, more litter will be available and its use in this region is expected to increase. Poultry litter is a good source of many nutrients. In fact, it is much like a complete fertilizer containing not only primary... Continue Reading

Nov172017

Poultry Drinking Water Primer

All credit is given to the University of Georgia Extension Service for the information contained in this article.Water is a critical nutrient that receives little attention until a problem arises. Not only should producers make an effort to provide water in adequate quantity, they should also know what is in the water that will be flowing through the water lines to be used in evaporative cooling systems and consumed by the birds.Functions of WaterWater is needed for bird consumption, reducing... Continue Reading

Nov172017

Nutrition for the Backyard Flock

All credit is given to the University of Georgia Extension Service for the information contained in this article.Everything that an animal or plant does to take in and use its food is what we term nutrition. For any animal to carry on its necessary life functions, as well as to grow and be able to produce food for humans, there are specific chemical compounds that must be in their diet in the right amounts. This is because no animal is capable of producing every one of the necessary components... Continue Reading

Nov172017

Mortality Composting Basics for Poultry Producers

All credit is given to the University of Georgia Extension Service for the information contained in this article.What is Composting?Composting is an age-old practice that has been adapted as a means of daily animal mortality disposal and can be beneficial for the environment.Composting is a natural process that generates a value-added end product and takes place under aerobic (requiring oxygen) and thermophilic (high temperature) conditions.The process is achieved by providing the right mixture... Continue Reading

Nov172017

Maximizing Poultry Manure Use through Nutrient Management Planning

All credit is given to the University of Georgia Extension Service for the information contained in this article.Poultry manure fertilizer contains all the essential nutrients required for crop production, and its value as an organic fertilizer and a source of plant nutrients has been recognized for centuries. Even with its beneficial effects on plant growth, however, manure constitutes only a small percentage of the nutrients applied to cropland when compared to commercial fertilizer.Poultry... Continue Reading