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The Fowl Guru!

All about The Fowl Guru: Nicolle, aka The Fowl Guru, has been raising animals for over 20 years, and a self-trained fowl expert. She is a contributor for webinars, articles and University studies. She has education, trainings and background working with Poultry Scientists, Fowl Nutritionists, and Fowl Breeder Mentors and Experts. She is a co-founder and owner of Sugar Feather Farm LLC, mother of 5 children and a consultant for Civil Engineering firms. Nicolle is a Certified Vermont Master Composter (intern) and volunteer for several charity organizations. She is a mentor to several Farms and part of the FACT Mentorship program. She is a contributor, donator and member of The Livestock Conservancy. and Pavlovskaya Conservation Association, East Cost Director. Sugar Feather Farm are members of the following organizations and contribute volunteer time to all: American Poultry Association, Ayam Cemani Breeders Association East Coast Director, Pavlovskaya Conservation Association East Coast Director, Guinea Fowl Association, American Pastured Poultry Producers Association, Faverolles of the USA, Vermont Beekeepers Association, The Marans Club, and Marema Club of America. She also volunteers in her community regularly and provides mentorships and internships for special needs individuals and students.

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Shipping Delays Due to Severe Flooding

Dear valued customers, We hope this email finds you well. We wanted to reach out to inform you about the current situation here in Central Vermont. As you may be aware, the Northeast region is currently experiencing major flooding, and our area has been…

January Chick Promotion

To celebrate the new year, sugar feather farm is having a promo on its chicks. Promotion ends 1/31/2023 The following are products that qualify for the promotion Bantam Orpginton Chicken- Unsexed Chick Bielfelder Chicken- Female Chick Copper Marans Chicken- Unsexed Chick Cream Legbar Chicken…

Saving Sugar Feather Farm: Rebuilding After Vermont’s Devastating Floods

Saving Sugar Feather Farm: Rebuilding After Vermont's Devastating Floods Hello, wonderful supporters! We are Sugar Feather Farm, a unique fowl farm nestled in the heart of central Vermont - Berlin. Since 2019, our farm has been our family's sole source of income, where we…

Marek’s Vaccination – The Why

Why Vaccinate for Marek's There has been an explosion of small backyard flocks, especially since the Wuhan Virus Pandemic. Birds are being sold by thousands of folks, and you have no idea about the history of the stock that they came from nor what…

Oil of Oregano For Fowl? You Bet!

Oil of Oregano - Truly Essential! Historically Oil of Oregano has been around for centuries. It has been touted in humans, as an Antimicrobial with great healing powers and is said to work for sore throats, stomach upsets, and respiratory issues and as an…

All About Chicken Combs!

What They Do and How to Keep Them Healthy Many people consider the chicken’s comb ornamental and mostly for show. This may be because combs come in all shapes and colors, from large and red to small and black with many variations in-between. What…

Salmonella Pullorum

Salmonella Pullorum is a highly host adapted bacteria first discovered in 1899 and at that time was called White Bacillary Diarrhea. It wasn’t until 1929 that the name was changed to Salmonella Pullorum as it is called today. Salmonella Pullorum infects a wide variety…

Embracing Fall: Why Raising Baby Chicks is a Game Changer!

As the vibrant tapestry of autumn unfurls, so too do the opportunities for nurturing new life on your homestead. Vermont is known for their fall, gorgeous leaves changing and nice steady temperatures. Not too hot or cold. Typically a great time to do projects,…

Fun Activities to do During The Corona Virus (Covid-19)

We hope you all are staying healthy and safe! We are home here teaching our 3 of our kids, taking care of our elderly father, home, and farm! We are trying to juggle all of this and luckily we have some animals to help…

What is Grit and Why Do Fowl Need It?

I am constantly amazed at the amount of poultry growers that don’t realize the importance of Grit. Grit is required by types of poultry and fowl, from parakeets to ostrich. All of them have a gizzard to grind their feed. I feel the commercialized…

Why Would a Farmer Enter Birds at a Poultry Show?

Why Would a Farmer Enter Birds at a Poultry Show? Why Would a Farmer Enter Birds at a Poultry Show? Guess what we did over the weekend? Yep, we hit up this awesome poultry show – our own little poultry Super Bowl. Picture breeders…

Vitamin Supplementation with Your Flock

Deciding Whether and How to Supplement Deciding when it’s appropriate to supplement a flocks’ diet with additional vitamins requires basic knowledge of vitamins and their interactions. The decision should also take into account all of the environmental factors of the flock, such as heat,…

Winter Chicken Keeping Tips

Fowl Keeping Tips for Winter Success! One of the most asked topics we receive this time of year is how to keep fowl warm in the winter. This is a very broad topic so in this post we will briefly go over some tips…

Molting for the Backyard Flock

Molting for the Backyard Flock Birds won’t look their prettiest during a molt, but it’s a natural behavior that’s necessary for the health of your chickens. Molting is when chickens replace older, worn feathers with new feathers. All birds have a timer in their…

Keeping Birds Cool in the Summer Heat

Keeping Your Birds Comfortable During High Heat It's Summer! That time of year for fun, lots of sun and swimming. For us here at the farm it is high temps for Vermont, today is going to be 90 degrees and this has us worried…

Salmonella and Chickens: what are the issues, what can you do to protect yourself?

Sugar Feather Farm always likes to bring you useful and important information. We recently did a study with Andrea Etter of the University of Vermont here on our farm. She is doing a study on Salmonella in chickens. We were pleased to find our…

Range Paralysis or Marek’s Disease?

By Peter J. Brown First State Veterinary Supply, Inc. Actually they are one in the same. Range Paralysis is an older term that was used before it was understood exactly what caused this disease. Birds that were ranged on open range and became lame…

Heritage Chickens a Specialty

Press Release on Sugar Feather Farm We love to be featured and talked about! Why? This spreads the news about our mission - preserving and sustaining rare and heritage breeds of fowl. We tell the tale well on our website on our farm information pages.…

The Corona Virus (COVID-19) and Your Fowl.

We have been receiving inquiries about the Corona Virus and how it is effecting us, and are there any risks for your fowl? No not at all. We would say don’t panic, but I think it’s undeniable that the Corona Virus (COVID-19) is of…

Avian Influenza Outbreak 2022 Simple Solutions

On, Wednesday February 9, 2022 it was confirmed and announced by The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, that a case of High Path Avian Influenza was confirmed on a Commercial Turkey Farm, in Dubois County, Indiana.  This is the first case of…

Transitioning New Birds to an Existing Flock

Bringing home new birds! The anticipated day has come, you have been waiting and planning for your new feathered friends to join your existing birds. Oh no how do I integrate them? Where do I put them? Do I put them somewhere else or…

What are heritage breeds?

Heritage breeds are animals developed over thousands of years adapting to local environments, farming methods, and purposes. This means that over time these breeds have developed all the right traits we need for either meat, production or pleasure.  What is so cool is the…

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