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    Can younger chicks be integrated into area with only Momma and slightly older chicks?

    I wouldn't add them....momma hens can be very aggressive to chicks that didn't hatch under her, even to the point of killing the chicks. I think it would be best to sell the ones that aren't with the momma now. I wish you the best of luck. :hugs
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    Does anyone have only ONE breed?

    A big part of the joy of having chickens, at least for me, is trying different breeds! I do have my favorites and "never have a flock without" breeds but variety is the spice of life! :thumbsup
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    How do i make my Hen go broody?

    :old Just to prove the point, out of dozens of Orpingtons I have had over - ahem - many years, I have only had one that went broody, but she was very, very broody! I have had the best luck with Dorkings and Speckled Sussexs - some times more luck than I really wanted....:confused:
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    How do i make my Hen go broody?

    Wow....I'm so sad to see the comments on this site get so nasty and hateful....we all share the same interests, why not show a little kindness to each other.... this should be a place we can all share and help each other....we all have had our own experiences and if you get to the point where...
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    How do i make my Hen go broody?

    I just noticed the date you posted this....try to wait until spring is in full swing. Sitting and hatching eggs in the winter isn't a good idea and the hens aren't usually in the mood - they know best!!
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    How do i make my Hen go broody?

    What breeds are your hens? If they are breeds that are likely to go broody, I have had good luck sitting in the coop playing youtube videos of chicks peeping. It usually takes a week or less to sway one into going broody! It has worked with Speckled Sussex, Australorp and Dorking hens!
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    Brooder supplies

    If you have a chance, wait until you have a broody hen and let her do the work!! :old
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    Nervous about the smell coop again this summer.

    I use the PDZ in a sort of tray that is below the 2x4 roost bar. It's easy to scoop the poop every morning...sort of like Kitty litter....and I just take the poop bucket directly to the compost bin. There's no smell, no flies - it's great!! I don't let any poop stay in the floor litter in the...
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    Rats???

    I have great luck with the Tom Kat rat size snap traps...fresh apple is a good bait or this time of year, maybe peanut butter holding chicken feed/corn.
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    I need to vent...

    I made the mistake, probably 25 years ago, of leaving the coop pop door open when the temperatures didn't drop below 87 degrees all night. I woke up to a bunch of dead chickens - ALWAYS LOCK THE COOP DOORS AT NIGHT! Now, I put a battery powered fan or two in the coop during extreme heat.
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    I need to vent...

    You MUST lock them up every night!! They are pretty defenseless at night and predators WILL go right in!
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    I need to vent...

    :old Anytime you get new chickens, they should be shut up in the coop for at least 3 days, I usually do 5 days. Keep their food and water in the coop with them during the day, remove it at night so you don't attract vermin. After they have been in the coop for that time, open the door in the...
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    Will you be buying baby chicks next Spring, and if so from where?

    Just because she is broody is not a guarantee that she will accept the chicks. Do you have anyone close that could sell/give you fertile eggs?
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    Official BYC Poll: Is your RUN Covered or Not?

    only the front two runs are covered....haven't figured a way to secure the back run....lost a hen today for the first time ever to a hawk, they are super aggressive this year. Guess the girls will have to stay in the front or side runs.
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