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    Comb Nearly Torn Off!

    Hi all, Today when I was feeding my four hens I noticed that one, Ruth, had a torn comb! On further examination I saw that it was torn about halfway off and was just dangling there! Now I have been out of town for a few days and so this is the first day since Saturday that I have seen the hens...
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    Help-wing BADLY pecked

    Thanks everyone, so much!!! I ran to the feed store and bought some Blue-Kote, put that on her..hopefully that will help it heal. And thanks so much for the vinegar idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Never heard that before and I will DEFINITELY use it.
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    Help-wing BADLY pecked

    Hi, I have a new hen, Poppy, whom I was trying to integrate into the rest of the flock. All was going pretty well, just a little mild pecking. However, this morning I went out to find her entire wing all bloody and pecked, flesh exposed and lots of feathers gone. She was walking around and...
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    How to Integrate

    Sorry, this has taken me a while to get back to. I have been trying to slowly add each hen to the new bird (Poppy)'s cage. I only have four other hens, but even the one that is lowest on the pecking order (Maybelle) pecks and chases Poppy when I put her in Poppy's cage. So, I haven't gotten very...
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    How to Integrate

    Hi all, A bit of a problem. I have four hens who are a year old, and one new one who is six months old. I was planning to integrate them slowly, first putting Poppy (the new one) first with the friendliest older hen, and then the next, until they are all together. However, all of them chase the...
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    Any guesses? 5 week old Delaware.

    Any other opinions from you pros before I sell/give away this little one to make room for a hen?
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    Any guesses? 5 week old Delaware.

    Dangit! Haha. Thanks.
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    Any guesses? 5 week old Delaware.

    Hello!! This is Dixie, a Delaware supposed pullet who is either five or six weeks old, not exactly sure. She is so much bigger than the others (THICK legs/feet) and seems to have a more developed comb and wattles. At this age, does anyone have any guess yet as to whether she is a girl or boy...
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    Help with the Heat!

    Hello all, Where I live the heat in the summer is CRAZY! Over 100 degrees pretty much every day. ALL summer. This is the first summer I've had chickens. They aren't laying right now, presumably because of the heat? Which is fine, they deserve a break! :) But what can I do to make them more...
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    Why do my girls lay small eggs?

    About 40-50 grams is the usual. Some bigger on occasion.
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    Why do my girls lay small eggs?

    So I know that when hens start laying the eggs for the first month are small. But my girls have been laying since January, and the eggs are still small!! Is there anything I should be doing differently or feeding differently? Just wonderin. Thanks!
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    Help! Comb all bloody! WHy?

    Thanks for your help! :) She seems to be alright with the others.
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    Help! Comb all bloody! WHy?

    Honestly, it probably sounds stupid but I can't really find a wound! SHe's not bleeding anymore and appears to be eating and drinking fine. Should I put her back with the others?
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    Help! Comb all bloody! WHy?

    Hi, So my favorite hen, Ruth the Black Australorp's comb is all bloody. THis morning when I went out to feed them I checked for eggs in the nest box and I saw blood! So I went out to see all the chickens and sure enough, Ruth's comb had a LOT of blood on it. She ate with the others like normal...
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