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When it comes to chickens, Kenny Johnson is a seasoned expert. He knows their attitude, how they’ll react to bright colors, what foods they like best. He can tell a good squawk from a bad squawk.
Most important, Johnson can tell when a chicken is sick. For poultry farmers, that can be a vital skill for keeping the flock healthy and productive. At Happy Chick Farms — Johnson’s pasture-raised egg farm just outside of Lockhart, where his birds amble around, pecking and fluttering — one illness can spread through hundreds of chickens in a matter of days.