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    Chicken nipples

    Thanks! I know the waist will still smell, but cleaning the shavings and poo out of the waterer and the spillage are the most irritating parts for me. In part because I feel like I need to clean the fountain multiple times daily to keep it healthy. Because we are just getting serious about...
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    Chicken nipples

    I have brooded chicks in the basement, and hated the work and the smell of two dozen. I swore I would only ever use a broody mom. My husband wants to dramatically increase flock size over the next 8 months as part of a holistic multi-species intensive grazing system (yes, chickens are a gateway...
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    baby duck lost peep, snotty

    It died a few hours later.
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    baby duck lost peep, snotty

    A pekin hatched by one of my hens earlier this week got left behind today. When I found it, the duckling let me pick it up. No peeps! On closer inspection it was blowing saliva bubbles and had a clogged nose. I took it to the waterer--tried to clean it up and let it dunk and swish it's head...
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    white chick?

    lotsacluckin--one of two posible dads is a silver duckwing oegb...but that is almost exactly what the chick looks like! She is still a little week as a scuffle between hens crushed her egg on hatch morning--I thought she was a gonner!
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    white chick?

    I can get one tonight
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    white chick?

    Not albino...it's got normal eyes. Some one said "silver expression"...I'll need to look that up....
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    I have been busy and I'm probably hundreds of pages behind again, but had to give this update-- My duck, Miss Lydia, sat on 7 eggs, most of which mysteriously disappeared, but this weekend she hatched one perfect little pekin! I also have a half grown pekin Wiggings hatched a while ago and two...
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    white chick?

    My hen hatched 3 mixed chicks yesterday. One is black, one is typical chick yellow, but one is white. What's up with that? I've never seen a white chick.
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    Duckling with curled up foot

    My first duckling hatched last night about 8pm. Just now I moved the chicken mother, ducklings, and unhatched eggs to a nest on the floor and I noticed the first little duck's one foot is tightly curled under, and using light pressure I could not straiten it out. Can anything be done for him...
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    Dark splotches around eye, tear stains or a real problem?

    I'm thinking of putting rocks/bricks in the kiddie pool so the chicks could climb back out if they jumped in. The ducks will be able to clean up it that while they are confined. I might not have explaned the set up. The 4 chicks are with a mama, and the chickens and ducks shair a coop (with...
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    Dark splotches around eye, tear stains or a real problem?

    That sounds about right, thank you! They use to free range and had a little streem with 4 or 5 pools deep enough to dive in, but the eye problems started shortly after I began locking them in the run until I get home at 4. In the run there is just a chicken waterer and they can't really wash...
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    Dark splotches around eye, tear stains or a real problem?

    I know you really need a pic to know for sure, but my ducks are skittish, so I haven't been able to snap a good one. My female pekin has a brownish area under/in front of her eyes. At first I worried she was sick with something nasty, but on an up close inspection (which she hated) it really...
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Thanks! Yes, she sat and hatched the yellow cochin Tuesday night, then Thursday night I gave her 4 more. I put them back to bed in the cage, but i would love to move broody #2 in to it to protect her eggs...we'll see where she wants them to sleep tomorrow.
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    The little yellow came from my cochin. I tried, but they just weren't getting the ramp.
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