Advice From the Vet!

Advice From the Vet!

Chicken folks up here in New England are pretty lucky. We have a readily available choice of people to offer professional care for our feathered roommates. Unfortunately, other poultry keepers do not have access to vets that will treat their birds.

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Dr. Lofton keeps chickens, horses and other critters. Many chicken keepers feel more comfortable working with a vet who understands livestock.

While we wait for that to shift – as the rise in backyard bird keeping is sure to spur more pre-vet students and doctors to begin thinking about expanding into avian care – it is always a good idea to be able to treat some bird issues at home.

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How Chickens Can Benefit Your Garden

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How to Choose the Right Chicken Coop

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Keeping Musts for Spring – and Debunking the Other “S” Word

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