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2016 Pullorum Tester Training Information

A pullorum tester training seminar will be held on Thursday evening, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Best Western Plover Hotel & Conference Center, located at 5253 Harding Ave., Plover, Wis. in their conference room. This seminar is for people who would like to become a certified pullorum tester for […]

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Educational Resources Added

Four bulletins have been posted on the Educational Resources page of fyi.uwex.edu/poultry.  These informative bulletins are written by David Laatsch, and will be very helpful for 4-H or FFA members who are considering raising meat birds (broilers, roasters, ducks, or turkeys), or for anyone else who is interested in starting a flock!  Mr. Laatsch is […]

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AVIAN INFLUENZA – A GOOD TIME TO TIGHTEN BIOSECURITY

Recently, there have been several confirmed reports of avian influenza (AI) in poultry flocks in the United States and Canada.  Some of these have been highly pathogenic, causing a high percentage of mortality in affected flocks.  In response to these outbreaks, a great deal of time and effort must be spent quarantining and testing adjacent […]

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PREPARING FOR WINTER

Winter can be a difficult time for a small flock of chickens.  There are several things you can do for them that will make it a little less of a struggle for both you and the chickens. Water is the most important concern for chickens.  They will generally drink about 2 pounds of water (about […]

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Revision of state egg rules announced

A newly proposed rule revision related to eggs that was approved by ag board members last week won’t put an end to the handwritten signs at the end of Wisconsin driveways that proclaim “fresh eggs for sale.” Steve Ingham, administrator of the Food Safety Division at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, said […]

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Columbia County Avian team goes National

The Columbia County Avian Bowl Team won the State Avian Bowl in September and advanced to the National 4-H Avian Bowl.  The team consisted of Chance Richards, Katelyn Peckham, Chase Richards and Jake Collins.  The Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest for state teams held during the National 4H Egg and Poultry Convention in […]

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Lead in eggs from urban chickens

Recently, there have been some articles in the press about levels of lead in eggs from urban chicken flocks.  Eggs in New York City were tested, and some had relatively high levels of lead.  Source: Worries about lead for New York’s garden fresh eggs.  This problem is not specific to New York City, as I […]

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KEEPING YOUR CHICKENS COOL

Many small flock owners are concerned about keeping their chickens cool on these hot summer days. There are a few things you can do that will help them get through to cooler days in the fall. Since chickens have a normal body temperature of 104-107 F, they can handle fairly warm temperatures. They don’t sweat […]

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