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    Coop placement and safety of nearby callery pear?

    Howdy neighbor!!! We are about 130 miles apart, as the crow flies. You are mostly North, and a bit East of me. Not sure if you can get Harrell's Feeds up there, as they are a local mill in S AL, but if you don't mind that they are medicated and crumble, I'm finding their feeds fresh, cheap...
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    Coop placement and safety of nearby callery pear?

    Happy to help. and if I might offer one other piece of unrelated advice? This website has been spectacular for me in my journey of poultry ownership, and I hope it will be that way for you also. Some of our questions will have regional answers, based on climate, materials availability, etc. If...
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    Coop placement and safety of nearby callery pear?

    My chickens love my native muscadine fruits, but the vines are suffering their predations just fine, and they do not seem to be eating enough, seasonally, to negatively impact their diets. That said, my muscadine are not in the run, simply available as they free range. My birds ignore my pear...
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    Butchered my first chicken/animal

    Congrats! Our first was just three weeks back or so. It is deeply satisfying to sit down to a meal you are totally responsible for. Honestly, a bit envious. Our property isn't there yet. But you sat down to the end goal.
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    Brahma hen

    I have 5 dark brahma, all hens. They are my favorite birds. No issues with them at all. Smart. mostly choose to stay in their pen. Free range well. Alert to predators. Not particularly messy eaters. Not aggressive, but not real friendly, either. No health issues (we've not suffered...
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    Picked up a free Roo today, it needed re-homing

    No feather stubs, clean legs. Hatchery BSL are usually an RIR or NHR over BR pairing, and there is no red in him at all, which I understand to be be common, though more pronounced in the hens, particularly out of the Hatcheries. Wondering if I don't have something resembling a BSL in many...
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    What to do with aggressive non layer?

    Soup pot. For stock.
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    Helpful hints for building coops

    I had the same difficulties in Central TX, too. Drowned from seasonal storms, or burnt from the pounding sun and withering heat.
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    Helpful hints for building coops

    I have planted garlic, with limited success. Scallions do great for me, onions hit/miss - but garlic? never. Trying it in a container again. Fingers crossed. I did ginger that way last year, with a left over scrap from cooking, and its now broken through the side of my pots!
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    Composting Chicken Bedding

    If your green/brown balance is right, and climate is not otherwise too hot (generally not an issue in winter), a tumbling composter should allow you to have that ready to go in about 2 months. Or so it worked for me in TX. I'm using piles on the ground currently, slower due to the lack of...
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    Picked up a free Roo today, it needed re-homing

    and here you can see just a hint of the green black in the tail. Mostly he has the metallic brown black instead. Not sure quite what to call that color. It's almost a darkened bronze, but there is no other red anywhere in him
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    Picked up a free Roo today, it needed re-homing

    We can't get another picture or two. He keeps posturing and trying to dance around the girls so maybe I can get a good breast picture. Okay. Not a good breast picture oh, but you see all the white on his hocks and how poor the barring is.
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    Picked up a free Roo today, it needed re-homing

    More pictures, if he will hold still. Legs are yellow, pale yellow.
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