Lights Put More Eggs in the Nest

All of today’s hundreds of chicken breeds originated from wild birds stalking the jungles of Southeast Asia Their distant ancestors were adapted to a hot, humid climate close to the equator where day length doesn’t vary much throughout the year

It’s a wonder these formerly tropical animals can survive cold dark winters, but the plucky birds do just fine when the temperature drops and days shorten as winter grips the north There is a problem Decreasing daylight as fall progresses causes egg production to drop off  It doesn’t cease but slows just as the winter baking season starts

Fortunately, hens can

To Vaccinate or Not

Due to human SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), vaccination is constantly in the news and on the minds of people worldwide Fortunately, scientists have developed effective vaccines that either prevent or reduce the severity of this sometimes-fatal disease

Chickens are also fortunate Although they don’t get COVID-19, they can contract Marek’s Disease, Coccidiosis and many other ailments that can kill them Science has developed vaccines and medications to help keep diseases from devastating a flock

Much of what we’ve learned about preventing human COVID-19 applies to many diseases that weaken or kill chickens In order to sicken or kill either a person or chicken