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Protecting Backyard Flocks

Disease in backyard flocks can help be prevented by good hygiene and commonsense practices.

Cover coops and runs.
Wear dedicated clothing and shoes.
Wash hands before and after entering coop.
Lock all birds in coop and run.

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Preventing Fires in Poultry Litter Storage Structures

Poultry producers must decide what to do with litter production from their flocks. Litter must be removed from poultry houses on a regular basis and used in an environmentally sound manner. By properly managing litter, poultry producers can…

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Nutrient Management Planning for Broiler AFOs

Simple nutrient management planning can help the owner or operator of a broiler facility reduce or eliminate pollutant discharge into surface and ground waters from land application of broiler litter (bedding material and manure) and dead b…

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Construction of a Dead-Poultry Composter

Disposing of dead birds is an on-going problem for poultry producers. Sixteen million broilers are processed weekly in Alabama, generating about 750 tons of carcasses. Disposal of these carcasses is a serious environmental problem. If it is…

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Broiler Chicken Development Day 1 to Day 50

Broiler chicken development from day 1 to day 50.

Download a PDF of Broiler Chicken Development from Day 1 to Day 50, ANR-2482 .

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Biosecurity for Backyard Poultry Flocks

The effects of disease outbreaks in poultry should increase every poultry owner’s awareness of developing and maintaining a good biosecurity program. Having a good biosecurity program will help protect your flock from contracting a diseas…

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Avian Influenza FAQ

Q: What is avian influenza?
Avian influenza is a virus that is carried by migratory waterfowl, including ducks and geese. Domestic poultry, including chickens and turkeys, are very susceptible to the disease.

There are currently two str…

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Planting and Establishing Woody Landscape Plants

 Successful establishment of woody landscape plants involves a balance of soil, air, and soil moisture.

Take advantage of dormancy and the rainy season. Plant in fall or winter.
Analyze the site. Place plants ba…

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St. Augustinegrass Lawns

St. Augustinegrass (Stenotaphrum secundatum), which is sometimes referred to as Charlestongrass, is a coarse-textured, warm-season turfgrass that is adapted to warm, humid regions (subtropical). This turfgrass is believed to be nat…

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Growing Roses

America’s national flower and the most popular garden flower is the rose. More than 6,000 varieties of roses offer a wide range of flower forms, colors, and fragrances from spring until late fall. Roses can be used in the landscape as…

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Aerial Mode of Application (AIR)

Aerial Mode of Application is required as part of other Commercial Pesticide Categories. This is not a stand-alone permit.

If you are looking for more information regarding Permits that require Aerial Application testing see: Agricultur…

Planting Guide for Home Gardening in Alabama

Successful home gardening comes with careful planning and constant attention. Select the site carefully, plant at the correct time, use the right amount of fertilizer, use adapted varieties, and control pests.

Site. Select a site expose…

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Controlling Predators to Increase Quail Populations

Controlling predators to increase quail populations is a frequent topic of discussion at hunting camps, around the table at your local restaurant, the grocery store, or any other place where a few quail hunters happen to stumble upon one an…

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Controlling Quality of Farm-Mixed Swine Feed

Feed costs can make up 70 percent or more of the operating costs of swine production. To make the most of feed dollars, feed must supply the nutrients required. Unfortunately, feed may have nutritional problems that reduce pig perfo…

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