Poultry Biosecurity Archives

Hepatitis in Chickens- Commercial Poultry Farming

Inclusion body hepatitis in chickens is all about the liver. You can't treat it reactively, but there are methods to prevent IBH and help your birds get through it.


Cool Cell Pads in Poultry Houses

With warmer weather settling in for the summer, keeping cool is on everyone’s mind. From greenhouses to poultry farms, cooling cell systems are at the heart of heat abatement strategies.  


Fighting Dermatitis in Chickens: A Grower Spotlight

Shanon, a poultry farmer in GA, shares his story of carrying on his grandfather's legacies, risking it all and overcoming dermatitis without losing the farm.


How To Fix Potholes in Gravel Driveway - What You're Missing

In this video, Mike makes a guest appearance to explain the important step many people miss when fixing potholes on a gravel driveway.


Solar Panels for Farm Buildings

Installing solar photovoltaic panels converts thermal energy into electricity. When you harvest the energy from a solar PV system to power your farm, you can save some serious money on your energy bills!


Our Secret Ingredient: Fulvic Acid Liquid

People love finding out the "secret ingredient." We'll tell you our secret ingredient straight up: fulvic acid.


5 Things that make Poultry Farmers Say Huh?!

Have you ever received any unsolicited advice from another poultry grower? Or worse- have you been written up by a service tech for something that really makes you say... "huh?!"

Big ole Bird Ingredients

Over the course of time, we have been asked often "what are the ingredients in Big ole Bird?" Despite our open and honest reply, many people are confused...

Poultry Farmers- Take a Break!

Poultry farmers work so hard all year 'round. Feeding the world is a huge task! In this video, Allen has one message of encouragement to you: Take a break!

Farm tax exemption- Keep your money

At the end of the day it's not how much you make, it's how much you keep!


Farming and the Gospel: From Georgia to Nicaragua

Sarah perfectly exemplifies core Southland values: Serve with purpose and lead the way. She's a missionary in Nicaragua who helps educate on the intersection of agriculture and the gospel.

Using our Products for Poultry Farming in Winter

Poultry farming in winter can be tough. Cold air enters your poultry house, air and floor temperatures change and keeping your house warm becomes more expensive.


Tractor Maintenance: Keep Your Operation Running Smoothly

Tractor maintenance is the key to keeping your operation running smoothly. As some farmers say, "If you don't make time for tractor maintenance, it will make time for you."

Warm Wishes of Hope for Poultry Farmers

Merry Christmas! Wishes of hope and joy from Allen Reynolds to commercial poultry farmers. 

Poultry Farm LED Lighting

We had the pleasure of talking to Jason Jackson, our friend and poultry farmer in Alabama, about LED lighting in poultry houses. Jason is a big fan of LED bulbs- his farm runs on about 1,200 of them!

Farm Security Cameras

Aside from monitoring for theft, a farm security system can help you know who has visited to your farm and when they arrive and leave. Simply knowing when the feed truck arrives and which bin it fills can be really helpful!

Poultry Farming Equipment

If you have a poultry farm, you know that your operation requires very specific equipment. We went to the 2021 Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie, Georgia to interview poultry equipment experts on some of the best tools to have in your poultry house.

Electric Motor Maintenance

Electric motor maintenance is essential to the longevity of a successful farm and a reliable operation. Performing maintenance regularly can save you loads of time and money!

Septic Tank Treatment for Farmers 

If you have a farm, you probably have a septic tank. And if you have a septic tank, you definitely need a septic tank treatment. 

Broiler Chicken Water Consumption

Broiler chickens' water has a huge impact on their overall health and performance. When troubleshooting issues with your flock, start with the basics and consider water consumption and quality.

Happy National Chicken Month!

September is National Chicken Month. We take this as an opportunity to celebrate  poultry growers in the U.S.A. and across the globe.

Chicken Litter as Fertilizer: Do's and Don't's

Chicken litter can be an excellent fertilizer! It makes good use of something you may already have on your farm. You can use it yourself or make extra cash selling it to others. But too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Check out this video to learn about the major risk you should consider before using litter as a fertilizer, and some methods to mitigate this risk.

The Big Catch: Commercial Poultry

In this video, our poultry grower friend Jason Jackson shares with us his best tips for a successful and safe catch night!

Inside the Life of a Commercial Poultry Grower

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down with Joey Rhodes to talk about his lifelong experience in the Georgia poultry industry. Allen interviewed Joey on his broiler farm- the same farm where his family grew eggs commercially in the 70s. Check out this video to get an inside look on the life of a commercial poultry grower.

Sustainable Commercial Farming


Poultry Vitamins for Better Performance

With 10 key vitamins and minerals including folic acid, Vitamin D3 and Biotin, Catalyst provides the perfect nutritional boost for any flock. Here, Allen explains more about Catalyst and how to apply it to improve your flock.

Insurance for Commercial Poultry Farms

What is one thing you never want to think about but are grateful to have when you need it? INSURANCE. Learn how to use it to protect your farm from harm.

Runt and Stunt: Deadly Poultry Virus

Runt and Stunt is also known as Malabsorption Syndrome. It boils down to nutrient absorption. Nutrient absorption is what is needed to help the bird fight the “virus/disease” but the virus prevents nutrient absorption. 

Factory Farm: Debunking the Term

“Factory Farm”-- what it means, why it’s used, and why it shouldn’t be!

Grower's Spotlight: So you Want to Build a Chicken House

So you want to build a chicken house. Whether you're a rookie or a seasoned professional, there is an extensive process that all commercial growers go through when building a new house.

Avian Stress: Factors, Effects and Abatement

There are numerous things that can cause stress in your birds. Heat, light, overcrowding, ventilation, noise, fear, lack of food, nutritional deficiencies, disease, infection, and on and on. In this video we want to take a quick look at two distinct types of stress and their impact on your birds.

Let's Talk Ladder Safety

This video explains the parts of the ladder and their uses, proper set up, statistics on farmer injury causation and proper ladder storage and care. 

"Spondylolisthesis!" It's easier to say Kinky Back.

Spondylolisthesis is a technical name- this disease is also known as Kinky Back. This is a condition of the spine where one of the vertebrae moves more than it should and slips out of place. 

Stackhouses for Daily Poultry Mortality

Stackhouses use the natural composting process to break your birds down and return them to the earth. In a stackhouse, bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms decompose your birds into a stable end product.

Clean, Sanitize or Disinfect?

Before choosing a cleaning product, you will first need to decide whether the surface needs to be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected.

Stenner Pump Troubleshooting

Jason Jackson, a commercial broiler farmer in north Alabama, gives us his tips and tricks to sustaining the longevity of these Stenner Pump medicators.

'Twas the Night Before Catch

Poultry farmers, have a very Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Defeating Dermatitis

Today we are going to shed light on a word that has struck many a grower with fear: Dermatitis.  No doubt it’s a devastating disease, but the scariest thing is that it can hurt your farm quickly without much warning. 


How to Run Big Ole Bird Poultry Probiotic

Necrotic Enteritis Flare Up? How to get the most out of your Big ole Bird poultry probiotic applications.

Poultry Farm Troubleshooting

Four important concepts to help you troubleshoot and diagnose problems on your poultry farm.

Grower Spotlight: Charles Robinett & Scott Vetterkind

Charles and Scott share with us their journey from the front lines of military life to overcoming the battles they now face as commercial poultry farmers. 

Farm Safety: Electrical Tips and Tools

Any good farm manager knows you have to wear many hats to have an efficient, effective operation. Today, Jason Jackson talks about wearing your Electrician's hat as a poultry farmer.

Prepping for Winter Ammonia Buildup with Litter Life

If you've grown through any colder season, you know ammonia really kicks it up a notch when you're trying to keep the houses warm.

The Importance of Water Quality

Paying attention to water before it shows a problem pays off. If you have big challenges in your water, like bacteria overgrowth, then the birds will spend more energy fighting the challenge than converting feed. 

Poultry Farm Finances with John Hylton

The financial side of your farm is just as important as any other aspect. This week, we hear directly from a poultry banker on all things finance. 

Grower Spotlight: Father-Son Team, Troy & Matt

Each time another Milford man followed his heart and returned to the family poultry business, there was one thing that had to be done: build more chicken houses...

Farm Safety: Climbing Feed Bins Safely

Jason Jackson shares some helpful tips to ensure you and the people you work with stay as safe as possible when working on feed bins.

Big ole Bird | Performance Study Results

We put our poultry supplement and probiotic to the test with two, third-party performance studies done by poultry science programs we knew farmers could trust—the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia and the Southern Poultry Research Group.

Farmer Longevity: Tools for your Health Arsenal

Allen dives into some more practical tips for ways to prioritize your health so you can keep operating your farm per usual.

The Secret to a Successful Poultry Operation

Without this one thing, nothing else matters—feed conversion rates, mortality numbers, growth—all of that is pointless without taking care of this ONE thing.


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