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    Ended Official BYC 12th Annual 2021 New Year's Day Hatch-Along! - Farthest Shipped Eggs Contest

    You are the winner of a beautiful BYC Calendar!! :woot @kodster, I will be contacting you shortly with instructions on how to claim your prize!! And I want to thank all who participated :woot WOOHOOOO! Thanks, casportpony, and all who challenged my distance!
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    12th Annual 2021 BYC New Year's Day Hatch-Along!

    Well, looks like the hatch is over for me... out of 8 duck eggs, 3 hatched. Out of 15 chicken eggs, 4 hatched... late comer late yesterday afternoon, now in with the ducklings and other 3 chicks. Two cockerels, two pullets. Ducklings, won't know until 4-5 months from now! What fun! BTW, I...
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    12th Annual 2021 BYC New Year's Day Hatch-Along!

    I'm just holding off, as I didn't want to confuse the numbers. Day 28/21 is actually tomorrow for me, so we're still waiting. But I DID have 4 (3 ducklings/1 chick) that were overachievers... I put them in lockdown on Wednesday afternoon, and after I got them all out of the turner, I noticed I...
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    12th Annual 2021 BYC New Year's Day Hatch-Along!

    Getting ready to put mine into lockdown tonight. 8 duck eggs active, drawn down, and shadows in the air cells! 10 chicken eggs, fully dark (Cream Legbars, Lavender Orps, Welsummers) so the shells are hard to detect other than the air cells. :fl
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    Neighbor's dogs killed all but one of my chickens!!

    I agree... it may seem high to you, @fjjohnson4818, but consider that maybe they'll think twice about letting their dogs run the neighborhood free again, when they get the bill that they've promised to honor. I, too, lost half my flock, including my only roo, due to a dog (or dogs) tearing...
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    WING-CLIPPING: CRUEL OR NECESSARY? ~ Open Poll~

    I've only had to do it on a rare occasion when I've determined that it's the same hen that is flying out of the run (it's open at the top of an 8-ft wall). She'll fly to the cross-beam of the man-access door, then figure it out how to fly from there to the top of the wall, and then over. I'll...
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    12th Annual 2021 BYC New Year's Day Hatch-Along!

    I've got a claim in with USPS, since it wasn't the shipper's fault that they came in busted, which is more than what I paid for them in the 1st place. I notified the shipper, and she's offered to replace them, if I just pay for the shipping charges, so I told her we'll see how these 8 develop...
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    12th Annual 2021 BYC New Year's Day Hatch-Along!

    Thanks, just did.
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    12th Annual 2021 BYC New Year's Day Hatch-Along!

    I'm in... just set 8 Khaki Campbell eggs (was supposed to be 15, but USPS shook the box, and 7 eggs were busted... not sure if the 8 are now viable, but we'll know by this Saturday, since I set them last Saturday night (12/5), to see if any develop. But I also have 15 (Cream Legbar, Lavendor...
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    Backyard Pole Light

    I live in a rural community, as well. We don't have the co-op security lights, as we live inside the township limits, so we have street lights. However, with it being 20 feet high, and you'll have a roof on the coop, that will block most of the light. In fact, as the days get shorter, you'll...
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    Heat lamp vs Heating Pad

    Yea, even here in North Dakota, where we're at now... we live in a tiny rural community. Only commercial business here is the local bar, where you can buy prepared food as well as alcohol, but everything else that is commercial is either agricultural or oil industry-related (we're just inside...
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    Heat lamp vs Heating Pad

    Both hubby & I would return to California in a heartbeat, if the leadership of the state would change and much of the restrictions would be removed... let the people be free instead of oppressed and overtaxed. That's one of the reasons why we left... we're conservatives, always have been, and...
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    Heat lamp vs Heating Pad

    I'm about an hour west of Minot, just off Hwy 2. No, Comfort Glow (I used the wrong name) is an actual radiant quartz heater (it glows like a milkhouse style heater), whereas the Cozy Coop is a radiant panel. The Comfort Glow is adjustable from 59F (lowest temp) to 89F. It has 3 settings in...
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