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    More integration

    We ended up with a roo in the new birds, so after he went to his new home, I tried the method of putting them together at night. It was unsuccessful. The Lorp just kept going after the new Olive. I ended up using the extension coop and run to exclude the Lorp. She wasn't happy about it, but it...
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    City Rooster finding his voice

    We were able to find him a good local home in September. Thanks to everyone who contacted us!!!
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    Dark Green Poop

    I gave my girls a small purple cabbage yesterday and this morning the coop was full of dark green poop. I'm pretty positive that all 3 are pooping green because of the cabbage. They aren't acting strange and they are eating and drinking normally.
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    Detroit in the house!

    I buy my birds from a hatchery in Columbiaville. Let me know if you want to details. Sorry for the delay in my response!!
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    City Rooster finding his voice

    We ended up with a male from our straight run birds in June. The city ordinance doesn't allow for roosters, so he needs to find a new home. Breed: Blue Copper Maran Age: Approx. 5 months Demeanor: A bit skittish, but very friendly and not aggressive yet. I can't ship him for obvious...
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    More integration

    The older girls are about a year and a half. The younger are 15-16 weeks. I don't care who challenges who, as long as I don't have to worry about coming out to dead birds. The cockerel will eventually be top roo anyway (if we don't have to give him up). Maybe our run is too small to put them...
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    More integration

    We started last spring with the 3 hens that our city ordinance allows. This spring we lost one in spite of our best efforts. We chose to get two new birds in an attempt to keep our flock from getting too small. I'm wondering if that was the best idea now!! We couldn't get guaranteed pullets...
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    Flies in the run

    Thanks for the tips. We did some reading on deep litter before starting, but apparently not enough. We only have 3 hens, so I doubt the manure load is too much, but in hindsight, it would appear that straw alone was not the best choice considering how wet our fall/winter/spring can be. The run...
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    Got sand? You should!

    We had issues with deep litter straw last year. Too much clean up and maintenance, not to mention constantly buying straw and then finding a use/place for the manured stuff when cleaning up. Just cleaned out the deep litter from winter a few weeks ago and switched to sand in the run. It is...
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    Are flies in the coop normal?

    The only concern I would think you would have with flies in the coop is the possibility of flystrike should one or more of your girls be "messy poopers". We just lost one to flystrike and it is not pretty. That being said, do you have a lot of flies in the coop regularly? If so, you are...
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    Flies in the run

    We had a lot of flies in the run last year, even when it was mostly dry. We used a deep-litter method and kept layering in straw. When I finally cleaned it out mid-summer, we had well over a bale of straw and manure mixture and in spite of the top layers being relatively dry and odorless, the...
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    Comment by 'veganurbanfarm' in article 'Ways to Euthanize a Chicken'

    I recently had to euthanize one of my girls. It was a very sad day and a difficult thing to do, but ultimately it was for the best. One shot through the head and a second one to make sure she was gone made it quick and painless for her and much easier for me than any other potentially drawn out...
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    Ended WINNER ANNOUNCED - Official BYC Coop and Run Page Contest #8

    Here's my submission! It took me a while, but I hope I'm not too late! https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/brandt-creek-farm-permaculture-coop
  14. Brandt Creek Farm Permaculture Coop

    Brandt Creek Farm Permaculture Coop

    Before I ever even considered getting started with chickens, I got very invested in Permaculture education. A few years ago it would have been difficult to find a lot of information about Permaculture on the web, but now there are people a resources in almost every city in the country actively...
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    Which city or town has a fair ordinance that allows chickens?

    I would be more concerned with people getting in over their heads and chickens running wild! That was one big concern during the process of changing the ordinance in Ferndale, what happens if people who don't know what they are doing end up with a bunch of chickens? We have to get yearly...
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