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    Need photos of criss crossed wire for daytime predator protection

    We recently added a Sultan hen to our flock and she isnt as hawk savvy as the other girls. Our chicken yard is about 16 feet wide x 50 feet long and sits prominently in our side/front yard. We'd like to cover it with criss crossed wire or fishing line but would like to see what the finished...
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    Explain Fishing line placement!!

    I am contemplating trying this method but I haven't found any photos of the finished product. Our chicken yard is in our side yard, visible from the street so it has to be nice.
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    What kind of sand for dirt baths

    We have used playsand and hydrated lime powder for years with great results. Our run is covered ,it stays nice and dry so there is no poopy odor. I just rake the sand every few days to turn under the poop. We use a mixture of roughly 10% lime to sand add more lime if its stinky. The girls love...
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    I'm back...with a new rooster! Name?

    So long time members will remember me as Mr. Joy's mom. Mr. Joy passed away in Jan. 2009 and I kind of dropped off the radar. I was just too sad We still have chickens... Mrs. Joy, OEGB Silver Duckwing hen (14 years old) Ms. Joy, OEGB B.B. Red hen Daisy, Plymouth Barred Rock hen Veronica...
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    Help me understand please! Third world countries...

    If you've seen the latest samaitans purse commercial about their catalog, you've seen the cute model holding a hanful of baby chicks. The graham headquarters are here in charlotte. They shot the ad here and a good friend did the makeup. She interviened when she head the 12 chicks were going to...
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    Mr. Joy has passed away...

    Thanks to everyone who posted condolensces. We're very lucky to have an inordinate amount of picures, video and artwork to remember him with.
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    Mr. Joy has passed away...

    I am sad to report that Mr. Henry Joy, gentleman rooster, therapy chicken and beloved friend, passed away peacefully Thu. Jan. 8,th 2009. In his 9 years of life, he touched many lives proving that when it comes to love, neither size nor species are important. Mr. Joy had a special knack for...
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    bumblefoot-update 8-23

    Slather the whole foot in triple antibiotic, then wrap with clean cotton gauze. Then finish by wrapping the gauze area in vet wrap or similar clinging bandage. If your chickens are outside, you will need to change the whole setup everyday to keep dirt out of the wound. Antibiotic would not...
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    Psittacosis ?

    Heard back from one of the state vets. She was super nice. I explained the situation and she completely understood. Basically she said get the psittacosis test, even if it were positive, all they'd do is quarantine and retest after treatment (and they haven't seen a case of psittacosis here in...
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    My mother's hen has bumblefoot........

    Mr. Joy had really bad bumblefoot. He got dry gangrene in his toes and they shrivelled up pretty quickly. Even after being on oral antibiotics he still had some tissue loss, we had to keep trimming until we got healthy tissue. Then it was epson salt solution foot soaks and triple antibiotic...
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    Psittacosis ?

    Thanks for the responses. The vet involved was being cautious because she believed she would be required to seize and destroy Mr. Joy if he got a positive result and the state would come kill all my birds as a precaution. I just came in to get a general health certificate for Mr. Joy to...
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    Psittacosis ?

    Has anyone ever had their chickens or other birds tested for Psittacosis? I was recently at a medical conference regarding animals in healthcare. The Eden Alternative program for nursing homes includes pet birds, but they must test negative for psittacosis. The last time I took Mr. Joy in for a...
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    chicken citation :(

    Rest assured, this citation was issued because of a complaint, not because an officer was out looking for random chickens or had spare time on his hands. Previous advice is correct. Find out exactly what the municpal code states in your area. I ran into the livestock vs. pet issue when I took...
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    BYC in the media

    There are many chicken lovers in the Plaza-Midwood, Chantilly, Central Ave. area. I work every day walking dogs in those areas. I hear the clucking & crowing in the distance. As the article states, (especially in higher income levels) most of us are underground. I've heard them in every part...
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    Heat Remedies - A Public Service Advisory

    +1 for the cold watermelon! It calmed the panting instantly. We tried all sorts of tricks but over 95 degrees even a stiff breeze doesn't help. We splurged for a $99 air conditioner with a thermostat. Keeps the coop cool, but not cold and gives us peace of mind. Nothing but the best for Mr...
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