Raising Heritage Turkeys, a Chicken Ghost Story and More!

Learn When, Why and How to Deworm Chickens

BYP October/November 2016

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Gobble, Gobble, Gobble! Fall is here, that means it’s turkey time. Ms. Krier has been raising heritage turkeys on her California ranch for five years, and she is working hard at saving an American icon: the heritage turkey. She intends to make money at it someday, but for now, it’s about more than money. She’s teaching her own kids and others about American heritage values that come with being close to the land and self-sufficient living. The beauty and historic value of heritage turkey breeds have become her passion.

In this issue, we’ll take a close look at how to deworm chickens. Most chickens have worms of one sort or another, and an otherwise healthy chicken can tolerate a modest worm load. A heavy worm load, however, can impair a chicken’s immune system, making the bird more susceptible to diseases. Likewise, illness or other stress impairs the chicken’s immune system, making the bird more susceptible to a heavy worm load. Learn everything you need to know about worms and how to keep them at bay.

In this issue:

+ Can Genes Control Poultry Diseases? – The 5th feature in a six-part series on poultry genetics by Doug Ottinger. Recent research in various areas of the world, including the United States, the European Union, Australia and Asia, has concentrated on finding and developing birds that seem to have genetic resistance to the build-up of large colonies of salmonella or campylobacter bacteria in their intestines. Learn more about the search for genetically linked disease control in poultry.

The Endocrine System, Biology of the Chicken, Part 8 – Ever wonder how your chicken really works? In part 8 of the Biology of a Chicken series, we are illustrating how the sets of organs and glands work together to form the endocrine system, with the help of illustrator Bethany Caskey and writer Thomas Fuller, a retired biology teacher and lifelong poultry owner.

Thyme, for Cleanliness – Thyme plant is a hardy perennial herb that possesses wonderful benefits. Fresh or dried, the leaves can be added to your chicken’s daily feed to support respiratory health and provide antioxidants. But did you know you can use thyme as a natural, effective coop cleaner? Lisa Steele, founder of the popular poultry site FreshEggsDaily.com, explains how to use and grow Thyme.

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 + Coop Inspiration: The Fuzzy Chicken Farm – Learn how two retired senior citizens completed their fourth, and final, “Tiny House Chicken Coop.”  They may even inspire you to build your own chicken coop!

When, Why and How to Deworm Chickens – Although most of the worm species that affect chickens do not infect people, most of the chemical dewormers used on chickens and other livestock are also used to rid people of the types of worms humans do get. An occasional inadvertent deworming probably wouldn’t hurt most of us, but over time potentially serious problems can arise. Since most worms spend part of their life cycles off the bird’s body, a good parasite prevention program involves controlling alternate hosts around the coop. Learn when, why and how to properly deworm your flock.

Saving an American Icon, Raising Heritage Turkeys – Erin Krier gives the “ups” and “downs” of raising heritage turkeys. Raising turkeys can be a challenge at times, but Erin says “My goal is to teach the new generation things my mother and I didn’t know,” she said. “We have lost touch with that. I want to get back the knowledge of a couple generations ago, when their basic needs such a big part of life. I feel like heritage poultry helps me pass on early American values to my children.”

Counting All Golden State “Backyarders” – California’s first-ever poultry census aims to help scientists, veterinarians and small-flock poultry growers. Knowing where backyard chicken owners are dispersed allows health officials to analyze where backyarders overlap with commercial producers, a key component in thwarting a major outbreak of influenza or other highly contagious diseases.

The Sebastopol Goose – This issues Breed Focus section concentrates on the Sebastopol Goose, covering appearance, temperament, care considerations, history, and much more!

+ More Continental Poultry Breeds – In this part 4 on the Preserved Breeds of Lille Museum of Natural History, Stuart Sutton covers more of the Continental breeds. Stuart covers the Combattant du Nord, Gauloise, Coucou de Flandres, and La Faverolles.

+ Recipes: From Beak to Tail to Claw – What today’s chefs have added to the conversation is bringing the odd bits or the throwaway parts to the front and center of the table. No longer limited to stocks and soups, the spotlight is shining on chicken skin, liver, gizzards and more. Join Janice Cole and learn how to cook chicken using every part of the bird, includes recipes for Crispy Chicken Cracklings, Rendered Chicken Fat, Liver Pate and more!

+ The Phantom Chicken of London – A Halloween tale for chicken lovers. Go on a journey with Lori Fontanes to find the Phantom chicken.

More great resources, stories and tips in each issue:

Photo Essay
From the Editor
Backyard Poultry Bookstore
Poultry Talk: Ask Our Experts
Coming Events
For the Love of the Hobby
Just For Fun
Gertrude McCluck
Breeder’s Directory & Classifieds

And more!

Backyard Poultry magazine is your best source for information on how to raise healthier, more productive backyard chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and even keeping guinea fowl. Whether you live on a farm, call a suburban neighborhood home, or are mastering poultry farming in an urban environment, we have the how-to guides and tips.

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