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    Turkeys Attacking Broody Hens

    I wasn't sure which forum to post this on, but it seems like kind of an emergency to me. So I apologize if this is the wrong forum to bring up this subject. I have a Blue Slate female and Red Bourbon male turkeys that around 5-6 months old. They recently have been attacking my broody hens...
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    Please help me identify these two breeds!

    This year, I ordered about 75 chicks from various hatcheries and in the mix of having the chicks in various brooders, there are a couple of chicks I can't identify what they are. They are now feathered out and in the big coop. The pullet in the pictures has blue legs (the picture doesn't show...
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    Gosling with a feather fetish problem!!! Eating feathers off other gosling!

    This is the first time I have decided to raise geese. I thought I would give them a try after two years of raising chickens and turkeys. I bought two gosling 5 weeks ago and really love them. I had put them in with some of my chicks that were the same age, when I first got them, but I had to...
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    WANTED: Frizzle Chicks

    I am interested in buying Frizzle chicks. I am looking for Frizzle Standard Cochins, but open to other Frizzle breeds. Please PM me if you are interested in selling and shipping. Willing to drive to neighboring states to pick up. Interested in purchasing up to a dozen. Thanks and have a...
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    Baby chick born with undeveloped foot. Any suggestions on how to help it?

    Hi I had several Langshan eggs in the incubator and only one hatched. She is a cute little one, but her foot did not develop all the way and she is only able to scoot around pushing her body with her good leg. When she was first born she was very weak and we didn't think she was going to make...
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    Bees in the run of the coop!!!

    Today was one of the first spring like days in South Dakota (70s) and this morning when I went to the coop there were at least 100 or so bees in there. I think they are drawn to the corn. My chicken feeders are in the run which is fenced in to keep deer and wild turkey out. My hens were a...
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    Open wound on Hen's back Any recommendations for salves or remedies to help?

    one of my hens has an wound on her back. I am not sure if the other chickens were picking on her or if she cut herself somewhere. It is not bleeding, but it looks open and raw. Could I use a salve or ointment of some kind to put on it? Any recommendations? She doesn't seem to be suffering, but...
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    first hatching is tomorrow and what is that sound coming from the eggs? I can hear chirping!!! How

    I have my first hatching of a doz eggs tomorrow. The eggs are moving and I thought I was imagining it at first, but I can hear chirping from inside the eggs. Didn't know they could do that. There are three eggs I am not sure about in their development, because the shells were too dark to see...
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    Can momma hen eat chick food?

    I have some fertilized eggs under one of my broody hens that are scheduled to hatch on Monday. I have moved her to the brooder, with her own source of feed and water, but I realized that once the chicks hatch, that I have medicated chick food for them. Is it safe for her to eat that? and if...
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    Advice on brooding hen and eggs in an incubator

    Hi. This is the first time I am hoping to hatch chicks from fertilized eggs in an incubator (with auto egg turner). They are due to hatch Feb. 28. One of my hens became broody when I ordered the eggs and I put 4 eggs under her and the other 8 in the incubator. I plan to separate the brooding...
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    South Dakota

    Hi anyone out there from South Dakota? I live between Hermosa and Custer, up in the Black Hills. I have 16 free range pullets - 3 RIRs, 3 Orpingtons, 2 Barred Rock, 3 EEs, 2 Gold Stars, a Delaware, an Astrolorp and a Lace Wyandotte. I started in August and love my gals. I had a few more, but...
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    Winter Molting behavior changes

    I have three pullets (one Buff Orpington, my New Hampshire and one of my Amercaunas) who are molting. It seems like most of the molting is taking place around the neck area. Two of these three are usually very friendly and active, but lately they have stayed a lot in the coop on the roosting...
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    May Have to Put Down Egg Bound Hen :(

    I am posting as a last attempt to help my egg bound buff orpington "Buffy". She has been egg bound for three days now and is getting weaker. I have gotten on the threads here to follow some of the suggestions. She has had several sitz baths, many massages. We have put lube/oil in and around...
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    Mountain Lion took one of our hens! :(

    Yesterday while we were eating supper, a mountain lion came and took one of our free ranging hens. The was news of a mountain lion in the neighborhood (report of four goats being killed a few days ago). Our coop is very secure at night (including an electric permeter) so coop safety is not the...
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    All My Hens Are Using the Same Nesting Box!

    Hi I don't know why but my chickens are all using the same nesting box to lay their eggs. I have 18 hens, and only 5 of them are laying eggs now so it is not a problem yet, but it could be when all of them start laying eggs. I have 12 nice nesting boxes in the coop (I am using plastic...
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    strange particles in egg white and yolk

    One of my Buff Orpingtons has laid a couple of eggs where there are strange particles that look like sand? seeds? dirt? inside the yolk and egg white. She has been only laying eggs for a couple of weeks now and her eggs are still small. I have four other hens who are laying eggs and there has...
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    strange bedtime behavior of one hen

    One of my Rhode Island Reds started laying eggs a week ago and since then her personality/temperment has changed. She has been more domineering and very aggressively hen pecking the others. During the day, she usually acts normal and stays with the flock. However, her most unusual behavior...
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    Are There any non-crowing rooster breeds?

    I have been thinking about getting a rooster, but my family really doesn't want me to, because of the crowing. Does anyone know if there is a breed of non-crowing roosters or at least roosters who whisper crow? or even breeds that crow very little. I am new at this and just wondering...
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    One of my hens spends a good part of the day with our dog.

    I justed wanted to share that recently, one of our hens spends a good amount of time following our dog around. She still gets along with the other hens and is not at the bottom of the pecking order at all, but for some reason just has this unusual bond with our female Blue Heeler. The dog...
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    Got My First Egg!!!! But my poor hen had a rough time!

    I am so excited to get my first egg yesterday from one of my Gold Stars and then found one this morning in one of the nesting boxes from one of my RIRs. Lucy, the RIR had a rough time laying. She was crying, panting and pushing for the longest time (she was doing this as I was securing the...
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