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    ➡ Quail hatch along

    Moved outside today. More room & fresh air.
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    ➡I accidentally bought Balut eggs: 2 live ducks! Now a Chat Thread!

    The Domique crosses are laying very pale brownish cream eggs. Got any Dominiques?
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    ➡ Quail hatch along

    Candled Thursday night and all are clears. I'll candle again tomorrow to verify and pull. Male crowing and foaming, but has to practice his technique more. Might be contagious. Be careful.
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    Chicken Run Composting for Garden questions

    In the fall while the bed lies fallow for winter, immediately. In the spring or summer near planting or with plants, compost it for 6 months as a general rule.
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    Best age to do away with the roo for meat?

    You are not wrong. The last couple of cockerels I attempted to pluck were growing another set of feathers that I needed pliers to get a grip on. They got skinned. With 10 crowing boys, I wasn't in a position to delay butchering. Do you cut up the bird or grill whole? How do you time it to...
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    Best age to do away with the roo for meat?

    I'm in one of the no crow zones. Cockerels make it to first crow and then cooked. Not a lot of meat, but the flavor! Other note not covered by the most excellent comments above, skinning is easier than plucking because of how little meat is there. The skin will have a lot of fat and...
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    Chicken Run Composting for Garden questions

    @gtaus - it sounds like you have a wonderful plan and set up. I don't use a tiller, so take this for what it is worth. I've read comments that the tiller will disturb the ground too much and be detrimental to soil life. Try it, if you like the results let us know. Mixing the top layer in...
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    Quail don’t seem happy

    Is the cage bare? Do they have a dust bath or obstacles to hide from one another? Did you research and confirm you have 4 females? None should have the red chest. It sounds like the males in my coops that fight when they reach 6 weeks. Lots of running and squawking. I left 2 in one coop...
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    ➡ Quail hatch along

    I'm stuck at 50% hatching of fertile eggs. The 24 HG that I attempted only had 11 make it to lock down and 4 hatched. Granted this was a long shot to begin with from the refrigerator. My point being you don't know fertility, feed, care or handling until they get to you. Good customers won't...
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    ➡ Quail hatch along

    Use your sadistics on her! That'll teach her! Math! Any guarantees? If I buy 500 eggs, I want 500 chicks. 😈 Might have to teach them that depending on the eggs and delivery, the hatch rate could be anywhere between 0 and 100%. We know the incubation will be perfect.
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    Chicken clothes and boots (for you)

    And they are very snazzy! I get compliments on my bib overalls and Muck Boot ensemble. DD#2 has taught select members of the flock to be lap chickens. She was very proud of her work. Me, not so much. The protective overalls come in handy during the muddy season. To collect eggs in the...
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    ➡ Quail hatch along

    Sounds great. Are they buying or price shopping? These are the coveted Kiki hatched quail. You might want to raise the price if the demand increases. :pop
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    Chicken Run Composting for Garden questions

    I have a slightly different approach. Same as you, I put wood chips, leaves, yard trimmings and kitchen scraps in the run and let the hens pick through them. I also have 6-12" of wood chips in the coop collecting all that goodness. 2-4 times a year, I will make a pallet compost bin (4 pallets...
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    Fugly Farm

    SIL sent me a similar picture. I think he was putting ideas into my head. Out of the birds butt, straight to your plate. What could be more appropriate? :D
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    ➡I accidentally bought Balut eggs: 2 live ducks! Now a Chat Thread!

    High temperatures either catalyze or decompose most things. Since different compounds are used, there is no generally harmless or kill you dead statement. Time and bioaccumulation will be monitored. Thank you for the link, I was poking fun, but figured it was only a matter of time before...
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