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Raccoon - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Coons

General Information   Raccoons (Procyon Lotor) a.k.a. Coons are one of the best known and easily recognised non-domesticated mammals in our region. Due to their adaptability raccoons are able to use urban areas as a habitat. Easily accessible refuse bins, fruit and nut trees and chicken coops are favoured sources of food for urban raccoons. Though their preferance is fruit and nuts, their diets consist mainly of insects, worms and other animals that are readily available. Unfortunately that includes chickens.    Description   An average specimen of the... read more

Keep: Pros, Trade Offs & Differences With The New Platform

Let's all work together to create a list of the Pros and Trade-offs of the new system:   PROS   General: Much better post editor:  This means when you bold, it shows bold vs having to use "bbcode".  Can do way cooler things with text, videos, images, tables, etc. MOBILE! - Integration with Tapatalk reading, posting, & adding images into the forum threads (not available in sandbox). No Tapatalk mobile PM support yet. New ability to search within individual topics and individual threads Save and bookmark search results Better "mark-as-read"... read more

Getting Started

Getting Started Hatching & Raising Housing & Feeding Maintaining YOUR Flock FAQ Learning Center › Getting Started Raising Chickens 101   Why Raise Chickens? Choosing A Chicken Breed   Local Laws & Ordinances Where To Get Chickens   Chicken Glossary Chicken... read more

Cat - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Cats

Cats   General Information and Description   Domestic cats (Felis Catus or Felus Silvestris Catus) are one of the most popular house pets in the world. Cats are carnivores belonging to the Felids or Felidae family, which also includes tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards and cheetahs. Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids with strong, flexible bodies, sharp, retractable claws and sharp teeth, adapted to killing small prey. These loveable and gentle creatures are popular pets, mainly because of their easy companionship, but they have instinctive predatory... read more

Bumblefoot - How To Treat Your Chickens With Surgery - Graphic Pics

  Bumblefoot surgery - with pics and "how to" Graphic but Informative Pics - By Ruth   Unfortunately, I have had to do my share of bumblefoot surgeries.  I'm often replying on others' threads that seek help and advice so yesterday while performing yet another "procedure" I thought I would document and post pics and step-by-step info: Here's what the foot looked like from the top - notice the swelling: From the bottom: After cleaning the foot - notice the trademark, ever present, black scab: To operate on the foot, lay... read more

Avian Pox - How To Treat Your Chickens For Avian Pox

  Avian Pox (text courtesy of Mississippi State University, photos by BYC)   Avian pox is a relatively slow-spreading viral disease in birds, characterized by wart-like nodules on the skin and diphtheritic necrotic membranes lining the mouth and upper respiratory system. It has been present in birds since the earliest history. Mortality is not usually significant unless the respiratory involvement is marked. The disease may occur in any age of bird, at any time. Avian pox is caused by a virus of which there are at least three different strains or types; fowl pox... read more

Dog - Chicken Predators - How To Protect Your Chickens From Dogs

General Information   Ask any farm or poultry breeder and he will tell you, without hesitation, that dogs and chickens don’t naturally mix. Unless trained to recognize the chickens in a barn, dogs are generally considered predators.   Dogs, whether domestic or feral, descended from gray wolves nearly 15,000 years back and are part of the Canidae family of mammals in the order Carnivora. They have about the same instinctive predatory traits of a fox, wolf, and raccoon. Dogs come in various breeds and sub-species with varying sizes, attributes and abilities.... read more

Chicken Injuries & Diseases - How To Diagnose & Treat Your Chickens

  This section provides information about diseases specific to poultry. BYC makes no guarantee as to the validity or effectiveness of any information presented here.   DISEASES     Avian Pox   Bumblefoot Surgery       Bumblefoot in your Flock Impacted Crop             Marek's Disease Vaccinating for Marek's Disease        Marek's Disease Fact Page The Great Big Giant Marek's... read more

Pictures Of A Baby Chick Hatching Out Of A Chicken Egg

  Gold Wyandotte Hatching   Related Pages: Candling page Hatching Eggs Tutorial   Remember this guy from day 8 on the candling page? Well, here's how it all turned out on day 23.   Pipped a nice section Another angle   Now it starts to really push   It gets a wing out   And finally the head unfolds - whew   Rock 'n roll around the incubator (still attached to the yolk here)   Dry off a bit, then into the brooder for a nap   Dry and fluffy now, time to start exploring   You may want to visit... read more

How To Make A Homemade Egg Candler Using Common Household Materials

  Candling Eggs Found an old can light in the garage. I bought a flourescent bulb for it, since they don't make much heat. Cut a hole in cardboard so the eggs would set slightly in it. I made two of these, one for the smaller bantam eggs. Here it is with an egg on it. Here it is with an egg on it -- lit up!   How to candle To candle, darken the room. Eggs can be out of the incubator (or away from a broody hen) for up to 20-30 minutes before starting... read more

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