Report: Strong biosecurity helped limit avian flu in the U.S.

According to a new epidemiology report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), thorough biosecurity practices have helped to limit the number of avian flu outbreaks in the U.S. this year.

According to the report, the main reasons the disease spread in early 2017 were environmental, and the spread […]

Salmonella outbreak highlights backyard chicken concerns

Chickens aren’t just for the farm anymore. More and more city and suburban residents are building coops and raising flocks in their own backyards. But as poultry and humans increasingly share their living spaces, health problems can arise.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that multiple ongoing outbreaks […]

Backyard chickens — less healthy than you think?

A new study is showing that the seemingly healthy and happy chickens you see strutting around your neighbor’s backyard may not be living as well as we think — or at least compared to chickens on a commercial chicken farm. This conclusion was drawn after researchers found that ectoparasites, which are parasites such as fleas, […]