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    The kids were asking to have a new pet. They have had a hamster and tons of fish. They have a snake and a dog now. My DH didnt want turtles or frogs. So what else could we get? They came up with chickens! I thought about it and looked into it. Chickens? They sounded pretty easy to care...
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    rooster or hen??

    I think it looks like a roo also. Could it be a white orphington? I am not great on my breeds either.
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    Barred Rock with lump by ear and lethargic

    Quote: Dawg53, thanks but this came a little too late. She was very sick. I watched her all day and finally about an hour before your post I did her in. I just hope whatever she had the others do not get. I took DE and dusted down the big coop and the run. I checked the other chickens...
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    Barred Rock with lump by ear and lethargic

    She is laying in the yard. Then she stands for a bit then she will take a few steps and lay down to rest again. I am not sure if she is trying to get to the coop or the tree line. Anybody have any thoughts as to what is going on with her? I checked out previous posts and while I found some...
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    Barred Rock with lump by ear and lethargic

    Hey All, I posted a topic the other day about my Barred Rock being lethargic. I thought it was because she was the culprit in eating another chicken. I am still unclear if she was the one who did the damage. Anyway, I notice a lump by her ear. Some say it is the lobe others say it is the...
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    Barred Rock lethargic

    I guess that is possible? I will have to read up on it and then check her in the morning. I had her drink some water and she started to pant afterwards. Is this still from impacted or sour crop? Thanks for the info. *********Okay couldnt wait till morning. The crop is soft and pliable. It...
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    Barred Rock lethargic

    I didnt notice her being chased off at the waterer but she is eating some lentils and beans I made for her. The other hens were eating it too. She was still standing there eating it. The other hens went to another part of the yard. I dont think she has mites or lice. I dust coop with DE...
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    Barred Rock lethargic

    One of my Barred rocks is kinda moping around. She has lost color in her comb but her waddles is still real red. 3days ago another chicken was pecked down to the skull in the back of the head. Is it possible the barred rock was the culprit? Is she getting sick because she ate the feathers...
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    Cannibalism, how to deal with it?

    Quote: I feed them Layena Pellets. They get cracked corn for a treat. I also let them free range maybe every other day. Today I was over run with eggs and I cooked up over 40 eggs and fed them back to the chickens with crushed shells on top. It is one of their favorite foods. But this...
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    Cannibalism, how to deal with it?

    I have 12 laying hens. One of them went broody. So I got her fertilized eggs to sit on. She hatched out 5 chicks. They are so darn cute. Two months go by and then one of my australorps starts getting broody. I would chase her off of the nest and she would be ticked. She would get her...
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    2 hatched today! Now what!??!?

    Thanks! The babies have done well. I have places a bit of crumble in the corner of the nesting box. I go up to coop frequently to check in. There were two of the chicks in the run huddled together. Must have missed mommas warm butt!!? Today I went to the coop and they were all out of the...
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    2 hatched today! Now what!??!?

    So then do you keep the crate in the coop? I dont want to seperate her and the chicks from the rest of the flock. I might be able find a crate I could keep in bottom of coop and then her and the chicks can go in there. But what about food and water? I think if I put something down low then...
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    2 hatched today! Now what!??!?

    I have a hen that went broody. I set some fertilized eggs under her and she has been sitting on there for 21 days. Today is the 21st day. I went up to the coop to check on her and the eggs. 4 of the eggs had chips in them. I could see one was working on its shell. We had to go to a...
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    Does mama stay or go?

    Wow! You have so many that are brooding! What are you going to with all those chicks? Those little chicks look so darn cute. I can not probably keep the chicks. I feel I am at my limit. I would like to get rid of Ruby and Lola but minus two plus six doesn't really make sense! Do you think I...
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    Does mama stay or go?

    Quote: Awwww she is too cute! Another thought. The bigger hens I give them pellets so then the babies would need crumble. Where do I put the food if the bigger hens are there? They eat anything that is not nailed down! LOL I like those nesting boxes! I wonder if I should make her one of...
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