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The Chicken Digestive System and Immune System: An Important Partnership

The Chicken Digestive System and Immune System: An Important Partnership

Overview of Immune System As humans, we rely on our immune systems every day to protect us from viruses, bacteria, toxins, and fungi. When this network of organs, cells, and proteins defeats a threat to our body, it makes a record of how to defend against the invader. The next time the body is faced with this particular attacker, the immune system can defeat it swiftly and efficiently. The chicken’s immune system functions in a similar way. It is also complex. Its main defenses are lymphoid organs, which produce, store, and carry cells that fight infection. The primary lymphoid organs...

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Equine New Year’s Resolutions

Equine New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be resolving to do things differently. Whatever that means to you, we are putting a horsey spin on resolutions as they relate to what we do with our equine partners and our activities around the barn. Here are some resolutions to consider if you’re trying to change things up for the New Year: Commit to a barn safety evaluation. Look around and identify things that need repair such as loose boards, nails protruding, broken crossties, or loose electrical outlets. This is also a great time to revisit or create your fire evacuation...

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Bringing Puppy Home

Bringing Puppy Home

Your puppy will be entering a new environment—probably for the first time—so they want to feel safe and reassured. By preparing ahead of time and following these suggestions, your puppy’s transition into a new home will be as stress-free and uneventful as possible. BEFORE PUPPY’S ARRIVAL Inside: Walk the house, viewing your place from a puppy-eye level. Child-proof doors, check for electrical cords that can be chewed, move objects to higher positions such as household plants, and put away anything they should not be putting into their mouths. Outside: Walk your yard and garage thoroughly. Put away any hazardous materials...

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Prepare Your Horse For The Winter Months

Prepare Your Horse For The Winter Months

Throughout the year, tending to your horse’s needs requires you to be prepared for a variety of conditions. When the temperature falls and the winds grow colder, you should be prepared with the proper gear, supplies and accessories to keep your horse healthy and happy during the upcoming months. Learn more about caring for your horse during the winter so you can be prepared well before the first frost. Water and Food Food for Health and Warmth. Food digestion is a primary source of warmth for your horse, which means your horse’s caloric needs can increase during the colder months....

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Bringing Puppy Home

Bringing Puppy Home

Your puppy will be entering a new environment—probably for the first time—so they want to feel safe and reassured. By preparing ahead of time and following these suggestions, your puppy’s transition into a new home will be as stress-free and uneventful as possible. BEFORE PUPPY’S ARRIVAL Inside: Walk the house, viewing your place from a puppy-eye level. Child-proof doors, check for electrical cords that can be chewed, move objects to higher positions such as household plants, and put away anything they should not be putting into their mouths. Outside: Walk your yard and garage thoroughly. Put away any hazardous materials such as...

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