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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Just an update... after a week alls well. 8 chicks and they all seem healthy/happy. It's funny watching them jump up on their 'step moms' back and just hang out there. She's doing a great job caring for them. I'll end this thread. Thx again for all the comments/suggestions. -rob
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Yup, appreciate that. Just updating the thread...;-) Thanks!
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Got lucky and found some 3 day olds locally. She's taken to them like they were her own. All seems well.
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    This links to a Google drive https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1gLDI4IF9Kyc4GEwgRhTHjyvMXMv_GLF7 The files are still uploading so may be awhile. Theres about 7 and they're about 30 pseconds each. Short story long, out of 16 eggs 4 hatched and 3 died. My fault, feel so stupid in...
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    New Momma and first babies

    Here's the description. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/half-my-flock-decimated.1362102/page-2#post-22642973 I'll attach a video shortly so it's clear. I can lift up the ladder that accesses the inside coop. Will the other hens/roosters harm the chicks?
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Much appreciated Mrs K. They're all in a small nesting box with her and that box is about 1 1/2 feet off the inside coop floor, (I'll make and attach a vid so you can see the layout of the coop) . Should I move them to a space where they have room to move around, get the food/water etc? The...
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Their coop is predator proof but I want them to free-range. I don't have the room to setup a tractor coop so I guess this is the trade off...
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Success! One of my Hens is a new momma. I have no idea what, (if anything) I need to do for the new chicks. Will she take care of them, do I need to do anything etc...? I tried searching the site but didn't find what I needed. If someone can just point me to the links that'd be much...
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    New Momma and first babies

    Hello All, Raised my first flock from day old mail orders from McMurray. Now one of my Hens is a new momma. I have no idea what, (if anything) I need to do for the new chicks. Will she take care of them, do I need to do anything etc...? I tried searching the site but didn't find what I...
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    Half my flock decimated...;-(

    Raised those girls from day old....;-( They free range during the day. Came home yesterday to find 1 mostly eaten carcass in the drive and 4 of the other hens are MIA. Dogs, coyotes, who knows.... I'm left with 2 Roosters and 4 Hens, (Black Australorps). Called McMurray hatchery today and...
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    Ask a chef

    A couple of my black australorps have started laying. I LOVE egg salad and have been making my own for 30+ years. Why on earth are hard boiled fresh eggs so hard to peel? I'll have to purchase a pressure cooker and give it a try but if anyone knows the 'why' I'm really curious. Also, aside...
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    Looking to raise chickens and build first coop

    Much thx. My wife will be thrilled to have her kitchen back...;-). Should I throw a tarp/cover over them at night?
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    Looking to raise chickens and build first coop

    Chicks, (Black Australorps) are about 6 weeks now. We live in NW Montana, nightime temps are around 50 degrees, (daytimes are +70). Is it OK to move them outside? I have 2 plate warmers in their brooder.
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    Neurological disorders?

    Tried to get a few vids. Of course, when I want to show what's going on the little chick doesn't' want to cooperate. If I get her alone I'll try and get a better vid but this is what I have for now. They're on medicated Chick Starter.
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    Neurological disorders?

    Anyone know if chickens have neurological disorders? I have one, (3 1/2 weeks old) that can't seem to keep it's balance. It sits quite a bit with it's legs almost straight out in front. When it stands, it wobbles backwards trying to regain it's balance. It's eating/drinking and growing along...
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