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    is 4 weeks too young?

    Quote: If they're in the coop and run with the hens, how do we keep their feed apart? Won't the little ones get curious about the "big girl food" and try it? We can put the baby feeder out there, but I don't know they'll stick to it. So...how do other people do it? And for how long?
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    is 4 weeks too young?

    My chicks are about 4 1/2 weeks and the hubster is insisting we put them outside. They're getting big (except the bantams, LOL), but if I remember right, we kept our first flock inside until about 6 weeks. We currently have 3 RIRs and 2 Australorps that are just over 2 year old. I'm REALLY...
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    Silkies vs. Easter Eggers vs. Rhode Island Reds & who likes being held

    I wonder why Silkies are billed as being so affectionate and docile when they kind of...aren't. And what a shame that they're so adorable and cuddly-looking that they make you want to cuddle them, but hate being touched. I'm going to keep trying. I hope things improve. If they don't, I've still...
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    Silkies vs. Easter Eggers vs. Rhode Island Reds & who likes being held

    Two years ago, we got our first chicks, four Rhode Island Reds and four Australorps. They all grew to love being held, though the RIRs liked it much more, so much so that tow of them now eagerly hop up into my lap for a cuddle at every opportunity. This year, we got one RIR, three Easter...
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    Two dead hens...any ideas why?

    Okay, update. The Purdue animal lab called and the doc walked my husband and me through an exam of the Australorp (her name was Cat). After an inspection (I was way too freaked out to do this before, not much better now). I have to say, a postmortem exam is a pretty upsetting thing to do, but...
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    Two dead hens...any ideas why?

    Hi, I kind of hate that my first post here is about dead hens. I've been reading this forum off and on for awhile, using it as a resource for our very small, urban flock. We have (had) seven hens, right at two years old. Three Australorps, four Rhode Island Reds. On 5/11, we found one of the...
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