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    Rooster Flock Thread

    I'd add a couple same-age females now, then separate as soon as the first boy starts working.
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    Russian Orloffs

    Neither has the typical pointed hackle or saddle feathers you'd see on a rooster or cockerel. I'd say probably both pullets with one not quite being up to breed standard.
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    Rooster Flock Thread

    Sounds like you you'll be able to keep those 3 together, to keep the 6 older ones in with the hens as they've been getting along no worries, and then put the 2 wyandottes in with the fox-feeding jackass neighbour so he can get a good flogging for encouraging predators to become relaxed around...
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    My 6 months rooster wont stand up at all!

    You cured worms with home remedies? What type of worms? ACV / garlic / pumpkin seeds won't kill internal parasites and at the very best may kill eggs. If you've had a worm infestation in any member of your flock, the whole flock needs to be treated with a specialised chemical dewormer...
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    My 6 months rooster wont stand up at all!

    He looks pretty thin/malnourished. Is his keel (breast) bone protruding compared to your other chickens? I'd try getting some scrambled eggs into him. It's high in protein and fats, and if he has a vitamin B deficiency, will go some way to help normalise that (which almonds will also help...
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    Chick with Broken Toe

    Thanks @sourland, leaving it was my thought as well. I guess I just needed someone to reaffirm that thought. Definitely not fussed about a slightly crooked toe; especially when it's not something genetic.
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    Chick with Broken Toe

    I have a chick fresh out of the incubator with a broken toe. It looks like it got caught in one of the small grates on the floor of the incubator. The blood stopped almost immediately, but evidently the toe is not straight. It hatched 48 hours ago and is doing great otherwise, very mobile...
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    Paralysis in hen please please help

    I'm not thinking it's Mareks. She's a 4 year old layer hen who looks bloated and way out of sorts. I've seen this too many times in old layers. They have heart/liver/kidney/reproductive issues, bloat up with ascites, can't pass stools, and die a painful death if not culled. They often last in...
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    Paralysis in hen please please help

    Good luck tomorrow. Hopefully it's something minor and she jumps back and lives another 4 years! Please do update us with the vets findings.
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    Paralysis in hen please please help

    The head extended, labouring to breathe as seen in your video is also something I've seen consistently in hens with ascites. There are ways to drain the fluid from the belly using subcutaneous syringes (you can search YouTube for walkthroughs), but I'm personally not comfortable doing that and...
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    Paralysis in hen please please help

    Your video doesn't seem to be working. She is 4 years old (quite old for a hen), and looks a bit bloated and puffed up. Does she have ascites (water belly)? Compare it to your other hens. It will feel generally quite hard/bloated and potentially hot.
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    Respiratory issue in my pullets. Need advice.

    What does your coop setup look like? Is there adequate ventilation? Is it cleaned frequently? Is there any hint of ammonia within the coop? If it's not environmental, it could be infectious bronchitis (viral) or MG (bacterial) or something else -- treatment varies (antibiotics won't work on...
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    Smoke and Chickens. Should I move my hens inside?

    Hopefully I can bring a little comfort from experience, having made it to the other side of what you're going through now. We went through the same thing for 3 straight months here on the East Coast of Australia back in November through February. The fires were much larger and lasted a long...
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    Rooster Flock Thread

    The thing about rooster flocks is that the majority of people don't keep them. Roosters in rooster flocks act significantly different to those in standard flocks. Having submissive and dominant Roosters with no hens is expected behaviour. Vixen was still eating, socialising, scratching and...
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    Rooster Flock Thread

    6 weeks since the fox attack. He hasn't been back. There was a dead fox on the road about 1500m from the property, I'm hoping it was him. Anyway, now that Dasher is dead, the other three get along so well. It's like there's finally an equilibrium in the rooster flock. I don't get flogged...
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