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I picked up 2 one year old bronze hens this morning so I think George (the tom) will be very happy. Right now the girls are in a run but George is already "talking"to them. My babies are spoiled. The chickens and George (and soon his girls) have 5 acres to play in plus they took over the entire barn for evening parties. Lol. Thank you for the advise!
If I get him a couple of hens, can I let them mingle with the chickens? Debra
This may be a silly question but I'll ask it anyway. I have a 5 month old black Spanish turkey that I raised. He is starting to do a mating dance so I'm thinking its a male. He's very friendly and loves to be petted to sleep every night. If I don't he'll follow me around until I do. Lol. My question is once he gets to the "mating age" will he become aggressive towards me? If so, how do I prevent it from happening? I don't have a female for him so he is surrounded by...
This may be a silly question but will a hen steal another's baby chick?  I've been raising chickens for the last 4 years.  I have 46 hens and 2 roosters.  Right now I have five broody hens and they have been sitting on eggs from 3 weeks ago to just a few days.  Unfortunately since I have so many hens, they all keep laying eggs in the broody hens nests so I don't know which eggs are about to hatch.  Plus all the broody hens keep playing musical nests and each day they are...
I came home from work last night to find that my 6 month old Pyrenees puppy had caught and pulled all the feathers off the back and legs of one of my hens. I didn't find any puncture wounds and no serious bleeding but some of the skin is gone and covered in dried blood.    She is so sweet and I don't want to lose her.  What can I do for her?  I have her in a cage in the house where she can be warm and out of harms way.  I didn't touch her back or clean off the wounds...
I just went out and really looked at her foot.  At first I didn't see any black spot on the bottom of the foot and her scales on her legs are raised which looks like leg mites.  But then I did see a very very small grey spot so....I'm thinking it's bumble foot.  I just feel awful.     I'm up to doing the surgery to save her but my husband is out of town for the next two weeks so I don't have a surgery buddy to help me.     Is it possible that it could be something...
Really? I didn't realize mites could do this much damage. I have over 50 chickens. There is no way I can catch all of them to put Vaseline on their legs. Is there something else I can do?
I just went out to the hen coop and found one of my easter eggers already roosting.  She's in a heavy molting stage so I just thought she was taking a time out for herself.  Then I noticed that she wasn't putting any weight on her foot.   She has a huge growth between her claws and the bottom pad is severely swollen.  The growth is hard but the pad is warm to the touch.     I have never seen anything like this.  What do I need to do to help her?  When I picked her up...
Some of my 1year old hens started laying odd shape eggs. Does any one know why this happens? Some are long and some are very pointy. Is there something I can do to help fix them?
My chickens range from 3 years old to 6 weeks. The light thing is something I do every night for them. And I'll probably will keep doing it.
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