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    Neighbor Took My Chickens

    The neighbor can absolutely be fed-up with trespassing chickens. I think we have agreed the OP has to do better at containing the chickens, which is being done - repairs to the fences, etc. And I think most of us have agreed OP needs to pay for any documented damages done to the neighbor's...
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    Going to buy chickens soon what breed?

    Agreed with above posters. Tell us about your coop, climate, and what you're getting them for - meat, eggs, fun, dual purpose?
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    Neighbor Took My Chickens

    Maybe I missed it, but did you have your parents talk to her? She might be more receptive to speaking with an adult about returning you birds. If she still refuses, they can call the authorities. Do any other neighbors have chickens? If no, then logic would dictate that they're your chickens...
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    Neighbor Took My Chickens

    Regarding the luring, what's the distance between your place and the woman's place?
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    Neighbor Took My Chickens

    Agree w/ @Tonyroo. Contact local authorities - either the police, the local animal control officer, town officials. Keeping your chickens and peafowl is theft. She needs to return them. If she returns them to you in poor condition, take them to the vet and send her the bill. You also need to...
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    Heating a coop?

    Generally, it's optional, but can depend on the breed. Some are cold hardy while others are not. What's most important is providing a draft-free coop with proper ventilation. I live in northern VT where it can be 20 below for weeks at a time. I heat during those super cold times, but...
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    Do you consider your Chickens Pets or Livestock

    @jmns Since I've started working remotely, I've been able to spend more time with my boys. I visit with them on my lunch break. I'll whine to them about a rude customer or a cranky coworker and they'll listen attentively, if I'm waving a treat. LMAO! Because I am home, they get more supervised...
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    Do you consider your Chickens Pets or Livestock

    Awesome! *high five* They make nice lawn ornaments and garden pest control.
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    Do you consider your Chickens Pets or Livestock

    I'm probably in the minority here, but I expect nothing from my chickens except some good episodes of 'Chicken TV.'
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    Rooster backing up strangely

    Interesting. I'm seeing the same thing with my house rooster. I didn't give it much thought because he's a weirdo. He is a crossbeak so he could be in some pain or maybe my dog stepped on him. I haven't seen any injuries - he gets a weekly bath - so I'll check his vision.
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    First cross beak chick

    She's a cutie, @sanderson76 . I imagine since her bottom beak is normal she is able to scoop food and water with the aide of her tongue. I keep trying to find a watering system that works for my boy, but I think his deformity is too severe which caused is tongue to be in a weird place.
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    First cross beak chick

    That's great. Just keep an eye on her as she grows. As the beak changes it may become harder for her to eat.
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    First cross beak chick

    Drinking is a bit more of a challenge for CBs. You can try getting her to eat water-heavy fruits and veggies, like watermelon or cucumber. Even wetting down some of her food would get some water into her system.
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    First cross beak chick

    Can you feel her crop after she eats?
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    First cross beak chick

    It does get worse as they age, but it stops at 5/6 months of age. CB is a skull deformity - caused by either genetics, poor positioning within the egg, or trauma. There's no way to correct it. With few special considerations, such as feeding mash and assisting with preening, CBs can and do lead...
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