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Harvest Check List

Harvest is here. Are you ready? Have a successful harvest with these 6 steps from your UC Expert Agronomy team.

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Chickens 101: Signs of Good Nutrition and Healthy Birds

As you get to know your flock, you’ll learn your birds’ personalities and habits. If their attitudes, behavior, or performance change,  investigate your management and nutrition for possible gaps, or potential management stressors.

Many flock raisers begin by looking at nutrition as the first reason for flock problems. But if you are feeding a complete feed for at least 90 percent of the diet, nutritional deficiencies are unlikely. Evaluate other reasons that bird behavior and performance may change—from stress and predators to shorter days, illness, or over-treating. 

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Chickens 101: Winter Flock Care

Raising chickens in the winter can be a lot of fun. Some hens love wandering around the yard and their first snow sighting can be quite entertaining. A bird’s thick feathers are a natural protective coat, so most breeds are well-equipped for winter. Here are a few tips to keep your flock strong through the winter months:

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Chickens 101: Flock Biosecurity and Coop Cleanliness

To help prevent diseases and parasites and to help keep birds healthy, focus on good sanitation and biosecurity. Biosecurity is defined as a set of procedures intended to protect humans or animals against disease. The first step to a healthy flock is regular sanitation. Start by adding absorbent wood shavings to the coop floor and nest boxes, 3 to 4 inches deep to keep the area dry and odor-free. Damp litter creates conditions perfect for parasites, viruses, and bacteria to thrive. Cleaning the chicken coop can be a quick process if done regularly.

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Chickens 101: Coop Considerations

Once you’ve determined your coop location and the design type, it’s time to map out the logistics. Some flock raisers like to build their own coops with blueprints while others work with builders or purchase prebuilt coops.

Here are a few points we kept in mind:

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Chickens 101: Keep the Growing Going

Your chicks are growing—they are now two weeks old! You’re probably noticing they are very social and can provide hours of entertainment. Each day, you will get to know their unique quirks and personalities. Things to do this week:

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Chickens 101: Welcoming Your Chicks Home

Congratulations! Backyard chickens are now a part of your family. Your happy, healthy flock starts today. Now that your chicks are home, the main elements they need are warmth, water, and feed.

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Chickens 101: Setting Up Your Brooder

The chicks are almost here! Prepare by setting up a brooder at least 24 hours in advance.

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October: United Cooperative's Equity Revolvement Month

We celebrate a lot of things in the month of October here in the US. There are more than 120 different things recognized or celebrated during October, according to National Holidays and Observances. While some are well known, like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, others are much more obscure, like Toilet Tank Repair Month. As a cooperative, we historically celebrate October as National Co-op Awareness Month. Nationally, there is a new theme for Co-op Month every year, but at United Cooperative, our local theme has been the same for many years: equity revolvement.

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"Cooperatives Commit: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion"

This fall, I am reminded of all the blessings we have, from the bounty of the up-coming harvest to the freedoms that have enriched this country and the privilege to serve our customers daily.  2020 certainly has not been a typical year as we still struggle with the events brought on by the coronavirus. But, even in this pandemic, we have seen people coming together to help the less fortunate. We salute the essential workers; the farmers, cooperative employees, truckers, medical professionals, police, first responders, and our grocery store workers. Thank you for all you do. 

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