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    Since we were founded, we’ve been working to help our animals reach their full potential. And if it works for us, we know it’ll work for you, too.

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    Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

    Keep your Backyard Flock Cool, Calm and Comfortable

     
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    Building Chicken Coops

     
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    Healthy Chickens Mean Wholesome Eggs

     
     
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    How to Hatch Eggs

     
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    How to Keep Chickens Healthy

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    Keep your Bird’s Digestive System Healthy

     
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    Keeping A Healthy Flock

     
     
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    Selecting The Right Chicken Feed

     
    Mikelle Roeder, Ph.D.

    Sexing Chicks

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     GLOSSARY OF TERMS 

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    Find the meaning of common words and
    phrases used in animal nutrition and management.

    • ABA
    • Angel-wing
    • APA
    • Bantam
    • Barring
    • Body-checked egg
    • Brooder
    • Broody
    • Candida
    • Candling
    • Capon
    • Chalaza
    • Chick
    • Clutch
    • Cock
    • Cockerel
    • Comb
    • Coop
    • Crop
    • Crumbles
    • Cuticle
    • Diatomaceous earth
    • Down
    • Drake
    • Egg tooth
    • Fertilized egg
    • Fowl pox
    • Free-range
    • fryer
    • Gizzard (Poultry)
    • Grit
    • Hen
    • Incubation
    • Incubator
    • Keel
    • Lice
    • Marek's disease
    • Mealworms
    • Medicated feed
    • Mite
    • Molt (Poultry)
    • Necropsy
    • Nest box
    • Oil sac
    • Omphalitis
    • Oyster shell
    • Parasitical worms
    • Pasty butt
    • Pecking order
    • Perch
    • Perosis
    • Pimples
    • Pipping
    • Plumage
    • Poultry
    • Primary feather
    • Prolapse
    • Pullet
    • Pullorum
    • Rales
    • Roaster
    • Roost
    • Rooster
    • Saddle
    • Scratch
    • Sexing
    • Shank
    • Shell gland
    • Spent hen
    • Spike
    • Spur
    • Straight Run
    • Tractor coop
    • Vent
    • Vitelline
    • Waterfowl
    • Wattle
    • Yolk