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    Need Help: Meat birds getting too heavy for fair

    My daughter is taking meat birds to the fair and they are getting too heavy, too quickly. Some of her flock are already too heavy. We have tried restricting their food to 6 hours a day. They are on a show bird feed of 22% protein. Any suggestions? More food restriction? Less protein food?
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    I got a Hen getting bullied

    Today she had a lot of blood on her wing & it doesn't seem to bother her. I think it is just one hen that is bothering her not the whole flock. We separated her before from the flock for about three weeks a year ago & she wants to be with them. It bothers me more then it does her. I was...
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    I got a Hen getting bullied

    I got a hen that her primary wing feathers are getting pulled out and causing lots of bleeding by bully hens. Is there a shield or cover that you would recommend to allow for healing and yet still allows her to open her wings? Thanks.
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    Using a supplement feed for molting chickens

    Last year my local co-op recommend Home Grown game bird & poultry supplement for my chickens when they were molting. What I did was mixed some in with there food & would put a small bowl of it in there run. It seem to help them with there molt but I just looked at the feed label & it is 36%...
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    Coop for broilers

    Do I need a coop for Broilers? We are getting some broilers for this year for 4H. I got a 8x8 dog kennel & I'm going to put a roof like on it to protect them from predators & the weather. Do I need to build a box like coop inside the kennel for them at night? We are not getting them until the...
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    Coop/Run for Broilers

    We are getting about 10-12 Broilers for this year 4H project. I need an idea for some type of coop/run that I can tear down for storage. This will be a one time a year project. Thanks! Jeff
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    Birdbath de-Icer

    It is only 50 watts. Plus it's Thermostatically controlled to operate only in cold water. Jeff
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    Birdbath de-Icer

    I picked up a new Birdbath De-icer at a garage sale for $1.50. I want to try & keep there water outside this winter. I thought about cutting out a hole on the top of a galvanized waterier & putting the DE-icer in there. My question is has anybody used a birdbath De-icer before to keep there...
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    Heated water base for plastic wateres_Advise please

    The cookie tin got to hot for me with a 60 watt bulb. The 40 watt did good for me, but I had my water in the coop. this year it will be outside & I'm going to try something different.
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    Heated water base for plastic wateres_Advise please

    I used a cookie tin with a 40 watt bulb last year. I used a plastic waterier too & a 60 watt bulb seem to get to hot for me. I went to lowes & got four bricks & mounted the cookie tin on the bricks. I still used a chain to hang the waterier on the cookie tin. Jeff
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    Does every flock have a complainer?

    We have a Barred Rock that complain about EVERYTHING all day long. Just so happens her name is Little Berta named after my wife Berta. Go figure. Jeff
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    13 weeks old

    My 4 chicks are 13 weeks old today & when will it be safe for them to go into coop/run with my one year old hens? I let them free range together but the little ones stay as far away as possible from the older hens. If they do get close to the older hens they do chase after them. I have 5 older...
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    Seven spray?

    Thanks for the reply's. What I did was fenced off the area that I sprayed for two weeks. we got some rain during that time so I think they should be ok. I thing that I have learned is a chemical company will not give you a defendant answer. What I mean is if you spray your trees or some idiot...
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    Seven spray?

    I had to spray half my Pine trees with Seven for Spittlebugs & Bag worm. So I blocked off this area so my chickens stay away from those pine trees. My Question is how long do you think I need to keep them away from these pine trees with the Seven sprayed on? Then I need to spray the other half...
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    Meal Worm waste

    I have read on here before that some people have put meal worm waste around there dying plants & they did really good. Has anybody ever put it around there vegetable plants? I got a garden started at a local nursing home & when I transplanted my tomato plants they now look like crap. The soil is...
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