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Here's an article on crooked toes: http://poultrykeeper.com/skeletal-and-muscular-disorders/crooked-toes Edited to add article on curled toes: http://poultrykeeper.com/skeletal-and-muscular-disorders/curled-toes I never knew there was a distinction between crooked and curled toes. Edited again to add: I'm not sure these are definitive articles. Sorry about that.
Some observations --   I'm fairly new to chicken breeding, not an expert by any means. Please keep that in mind. :-)   Last week I pulled some eggs from my incubator for my good Silkie broody. Although all six had been in the incubator the same amount of time, two candled vigorous, two a bit behind them in development, and two candled inconclusively.  (I stink at candling.)   The second day she kicked out the inconclusives. I was pretty sure they weren't good...
I put 4 CL eggs shipped from Texas to Michigan under my Silkie broody and she hatched 3 out of 4. If you're confident in your broody, I'd recommend giving her a chance.
Wish I'd thought of that. My cockerel is nice as they come (translate: he's a bit afraid of me) but is so awfully big. He has trouble balancing and really tramples the pullets, so their feathers are getting mussed up. Sometimes he gets confused and approaches from the front, grabs a beakful of head feathers, and pulls. Or he approaches from the side, gets a beakful of hackle feathers, and pulls. Neither tactic works. I don't think I can muzzle him . . .
So "dry" dosn't mean no water at all, right? What's the lowest humidity you use in the incubator? Thanks!
That's my favorite cross. Gorgeous! I call them Easter Leggers.
Depends if they're pullets or cockerels. ;-)(Sorry, couldn't resist.)p.s. yes, the pullets will lay green eggs :-)
My Dad always used to say, "If you don't have time now to build it right, when will you?"I'd love to live up to that.Then again, he also used to say, "A clean car runs better." Makes no sense, but darned if he isn't right . . .
Regarding shows -- I am completely new and ignorant about showing -- I've only been to one show, and was looking at Barred Rocks (no CLs there, and mine were molting). Looking at that one breed, they weren't perfect. Good, even very good. Not perfect. With even this miniscule experience, I don't think we need untouchably perfect birds or even close to them. Even if we did, we -- including judges -- are all so new to this that I think the best we can expect is some clear...
I'll never admit that my chickens adore mini marshmallows above all else.I'm not actually recommending them as a training treat. It's got to be horrible for them.
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