The spreading of bad information is an unfortunate regularity with social media these days. You can read something on any blog or website and a lot of people take it as true without checking the facts or asking for proof. There has been a lot of false information about how to properly take care of chickens shared over the internet.Below are 3 common chicken facts and fictions to help you know what’s true. Get more chicken facts and fictions in Chicken Facts or Chicken Poop.
“Pointy egg = rooster. Round egg = hen.”
Poop. The question of the shape or weight of an egg as a sign of the sex of the chick within has been asked many times for many species. Things to consider are the incubation period, the conditions under which the egg incubates, and the age of the hen that has laid the egg. Another study from Turkey, one with a larger sample size, found no relationship between the shape index of the egg and the sex of the chick that hatches. As it stands with chickens, research has indicated that there is no correlation between the shape of the egg and the sex of the chick inside.
“Provide quality grit, and there is no need to worm your chickens.”
Poop. Grit will not remove internal parasites from the gastrointestinal tract of a chicken.
“Giving a Marek’s vaccine booster will help the birds later in life against Marek’s.”
Mainly poop. Big picture, a booster shot will not hurt your chickens, but it will not help either, meaning you are wasting money and time by vaccinating your birds against Marek’s disease later in their lives. That being said, vaccination against Marek’s disease constitutes an outstanding example of successful disease control in veterinary medicine. It is only efficacious if the vaccine is done in ovo or subcutaneously within one day. After one day, those birds should be considered “vaccinated improperly.” Work with your feed store or hatchery to make sure they give Marek’s disease vaccines at the proper time.
Chicken Fact or Chicken Poop is a science-rooted, fact-based, and study-reinforced manual designed to help you weed through the facts and fictions about your flock.
Chicken keepers have access to more information than ever these days, which makes it harder than ever to determine whether what you’re reading is a chicken fact or just plain chicken poop. A seemingly reputable blog may tell you one thing while a magazine could say the complete opposite! A farmer may give some homespun wisdom that another may say is complete phooey.
This is where Andy Schneider, The Chicken Whisperer, comes in. Schneider has assembled a team of leading chicken experts to help you sort through common facts and fictions about how to keep your flock happy and healthy.
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