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    Help - eggbound or something else?

    I have an Australorp, about 6 years old. For about the past 24 hours, she's had this odd posture. She seems reluctant to move around a whole lot, but is still moving, and seems possibly interested in food. She's got dirty feathers around her vent, and this has been a somewhat ongoing issue. Her...
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    Help - eggbound or something else?

    I have an Australorp, about 6 years old. For about the past 24 hours, she's had this odd posture. She seems reluctant to move around a whole lot, but is still moving, and seems possibly interested in food. She's got dirty feathers around her vent, and this has been a somewhat ongoing issue. Her...
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    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    Another attack - I now know it was a possum. I thought I'd made the coop predator proof but apparently not. :( Heard ruckus in the hen house at 5 a.m. and found possum still there, with feathers in his mouth. Picture mad woman in dressing gown screaming obscenities at it as I chased it with a...
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    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    I took a look at her last night. Clipped feathers back but couldn't get them far enough to put a bandaid on. :) The wound was a little bigger than I first estimated - like an inch long J shape. It was nice and clean though, and looked to be a surface wound that was healing nicely. I put plenty...
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    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    What's the best thing to clean her with - straight iodine? Assuming the wound is as I described when I get a good look at it, is she likely to only need one cleaning or should I clean for several days in a row?
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    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    Thanks for the responses. We have red tail hawks around, but no way one could get in. I started to wonder whether, because I'd left her there for the morning, the other chickens actually caused the damage to her back. The wounded hen is a bit of a flighty bird (no pun intended), so maybe use a...
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    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    I came out this morning to a dead 3.5yo australorp hen. Honestly, I was already running late for work, and she was clearly already gone, so I quickly looked at the two other chickensand both went for the food I offered. My one year old red girl (no clue what breed she is, but she's about the...
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    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    Ack. Mama was fine, but the other chicks attacked and killed it. So mad at myself for introducing while the sac was still there. :(
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    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Thanks for the response. I guess this was a newbie fail. :( I thought that if mama accepted him back, all would be well. I didn't count on his siblings being such jerks.
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    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Actually, never mind...by the time I posted this and went back to check, he was dead. :(
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    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Maybe not anything that can be done now, but I have a first time (but very dedicated) Australorp hatch 4 eggs yesterday. She abandoned one that was born this morning plus 2 eggs. I set up an emergency incubator and brought the abandoned chick and eggs inside. Later in the morning I moved the...
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    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    So she's looking after 4 but abandoned 1 live chick (still wet, bloody sac attached) and two bantam eggs. She had moved off the nest, and was pecking at the newborn when I tried to give it to her. I don't have an incubator or brooder, so I'm currently doing the "bra method" for the two eggs (one...
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    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    Thanks for the response!
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    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    My chicks are finally hatching, and I'm going to move the hen & chicks to a separate area. I have 4 or 5 hatched, so either 2 or 3 eggs to (potentially) go. If they aren't hatched by tonight, would it be ok to carefully move the eggs with her or should I wait? At the moment they're in the...
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    Broody hen given up?

    Naturally enough, she returned to the nest shortly after I posted this. I opened the door to check on her and she growled at me appropriately. Phew!
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