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    Sand as litter?

    I have this exact coop, but I haven't modified it at all*. I keep five grown hens in there, and open the door to a larger "run" area during the daytime hours. I used pine shavings in the summertime and just clean out the drawer by reaching in and pulling the soiled shavings out into a bucket...
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    Can chickens survive sub zero temperatures?

    I just wrote nearly this same post, so thank you for asking the question!! Temps to get -15 here tonight, and windchills on top of that! Brrr. I do have a heated waterer, my henhouse is wrapped in 6 mil plastic to keep winds out, and the hen box itself is insulated above with foam (and snow)...
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    New to BYC...Hi!

    Hi, I'm Julie and I'm new here at BYC. I am enjoying all the trustworthy knowledge I am finding here on the site, so thank you for that! I have five chickens that I began raising this past spring. Two ISA Reds, and one each of a Rhode Island Red, Wyandotte, and Aracauna. All are hens, and they...
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    Heated Waterers

    I'm concerned about winter watering due to the fact that 1) we live in Michigan, near Lake Michigan where it gets very cold and windy, and 2) I have no electricity available in my coop. I do plan to create wind breaks around my coop to prevent the cold/wind from permeating the walls. I assume my...
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    Broody Hen - No Rooster

    "...you could give her fake eggs and get a couple day old chicks to sneak under her after dark. Having a good Mama raise chicks is MUCH easier than setting up a brooder." I too have an extremely broody hen, with no roo. She has until now been my most consistent egg layer, and now, nothing. She...
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    All about Amberlinks!

    It is becoming apparent that my "questionable" Amberlink is a roo. He seems mellow and allows us to handle him (we have handled them almost daily since we've brought them home). I'll be watching his behavior for sure as he matures further. He does seem to favor one of my hens over the other, so...
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    All about Amberlinks!

    Newbie here, looking for some insight. I have an Amberlink chick approximately 10 weeks old. My chick has a decent size comb, and is feathered all white. Pullet or roo? I've done a fair amount of research which has only succeeded in confusing me further, as I've read that only pullets are white...
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