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    What odd vegetables/fruits should I plant this year??

    I am trying litchi this year. Relative of tomatoes, but supposed to taste similar to cherries to the point you could make a pie with them. They are supposed to get tall and have thorns, so I’m hoping I can keep them in the run in pots (caged initially til they get big enough). They are from...
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    What odd vegetables/fruits should I plant this year??

    I tried those last year in the chicken run! Tried to make a tee pee they could go in. Fenced off until they got going. Took a long while for them to get going, then they went haywire and grew all over the wire of the run. Produced tons of fruits that tasted alright. Kind of cucumbery, kind of...
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    First cull story

    Yeah I feel like that he base would need to be anchored a bit - some sort of stake that would be easy to stick in the ground and pull up? Tent stake or something?
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    First cull story

    I’m new to butchering (last year). Used a kill cone and loppers. Definitely emotionally easier with that little bit of distance from long- handled loppers! (Full disclaimer - I didn’t actually do the deed with my own chickens, but the girls definitely said it helped. This year I’ll graduate’ to...
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    That da*% chicken math bug bit me!

    Those Orps :drool Where’re they from???
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    Mystery chickens

    Oh poo, I missed the Blue Orps at Meyer 🤦‍♀️ sorry! Though those are rather expensive for a feed store to get ...? But then they may get a deal, too! As for the second one, I didn’t see good pics of the Blue Star though ...
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    Mystery chickens

    Well, with those options: * Privitte- Blue Australorp (do they follow BBS genetics?) * Ideal - Blue Australorp, Blue Star * Mt Healthy - Blue Jersey Giants (but they don’t look giant, though?) * Meyer - none (though I have a lovely splash Marans that looks similar, but they have feathered feet)...
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    Mystery chickens

    Wow :eek: that’s a lot! So maybe not as helpful as I thought it might be!!
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    Mystery chickens

    Maybe ask the feed store where they get their stock? It might narrow down possibilities.
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    Mystery chickens

    Sapphire Slashes, I think, are derived from the Sapphire Gems. Maybe the second is a gem, but the lighter colored neck is throwing me off. To my knowledge, feed stores don’t order from places that have BBS Orpingtons? My TSC orders from Hoover’s, who carries the Sapphire Splash and Sapphire...
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    Looking for Easter Eggers chicks

    I am aware, but they are frequently misnamed, thanks to Hoover’s “Americana”
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    Mystery chickens

    Did you get them from a feed store? My guess is Sapphire Splash maybe for the first one?
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    Looking for Easter Eggers chicks

    Ditto on the local feed stores. My local TSC is supposed to start getting chicks in another week or two, and they frequently have Easter Eggers. Note: they are labeled “Americana” or sometimes incorrectly “Ameraucana”
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    Premier 1 vs. Rent a Coop Heat Plate

    I have a small rent-a-coop one and had no problems.
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    To vaccinate for mareks or not?

    If available, I get it. Basically chicks I’ve ordered from hatcheries. I don’t breed so developing resistance is not an option. I did hatch shipped eggs, and I vaccinated one batch of 10 with the vaccine available to us normal folks. I did hatch out 2 others (had problems with incubation and...
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