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    Why are they burying their eggs?

    My guess is that the eggs are not being purposely buried, but being buried as he flock scratches in the litter for something to eat. I see this at times with my serama.
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    Cold eggs

    It depends on how cold. Freezing weather below 32F-About as long as it takes water to freeze, or a bit less. Probably just minutes.
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    Old Fashioned Broody Hen Hatch A Long and Informational Thread

    Wonderful pictures! My serama are doing much the same as to going broody, but because of the tiny size I've been bringing them into the house. Our winter has been quite mild with day-time temperatures in the 50s and 60s. Good luck with your babies-good luck to me too!
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    Rooster or hen?

    Brown and black are both roosters/cockerels.
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    TENNESSEE COOP ON A FIXED INCOME

    Yes, the water seeps through the materials on the roof and what's not absorbed drips of the front. The roof has a slight slant to the front. The framework is four 4x4 uprights with 2x4 horizontals halfway between roof and floor.
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    Keep 8wk silkies inside or outside?

    When in doubt play it safe. I have young serama that I take outside during the day, but bring indoors when it's cold at night (Tennessee gets fairly warm during the day, 40-60 degrees, but cool/cold at night; 30 + or -)
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    Chinchilla appreciation!

    While I do not have chins at this time, I did raise them for a number of years; for a couple years in my classroom. They do make wonderful and entertaining pets. I wish I had pictures to share, or better yet, a video. Friday afternoon was dust bath day for the chins. It never failed to make...
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    Acres Poultry hatching thread with aliciaplus3!

    I knew what you meant; just not feasible at this time.
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    TENNESSEE COOP ON A FIXED INCOME

    When my wife and I moved here four years ago there was a big tree house in the backyard with four 4x4x8 uprights and a heavy plank floor. My coop is the four uprights; the roof being the tree house floor. At first we simply screened in the uprights, with a door, to make a warm-weather run. As...
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    TENNESSEE COOP ON A FIXED INCOME

    Thank you. The pictures make it look really crooked; it isn't. A couple months ago we had a severe storm; high wind and lots of rain. The coop lost its roofing and was heavily damaged. We had another storm early this morning with the same conditions-no damage to anything other than fallen...
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    Free range hens put into a run permanently?

    Be sure to check the new hens for health problems so your existing flock don't become ill from pathogens brought in by the new arrivals. Depending on numbers of birds you may wish to quarantine the new chickens for a few weeks.
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    Acres Poultry hatching thread with aliciaplus3!

    Midget Whites. For three years Tommy has followed me around the yard until he gets a hug; then he's off strutting with the hens.
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    Acres Poultry hatching thread with aliciaplus3!

    I've considered installing lights, but with an all electric home our electric bills are sky-high now. But I'm hoping. We've had a mild winter (our little pecan tree is starting to bloom as are the roses) and the sun is getting higher in the sky with lengthening days. Together, with layer mash...
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    Acres Poultry hatching thread with aliciaplus3!

    And, I sure wish my turkeys would start laying. Your babies look great as does the set up.
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    Acres Poultry hatching thread with aliciaplus3!

    I gave up on incubators opting to let my serama hens do the incubating. Serama are tiny and able to brood only 6 or 7 eggs at a time-suits me just fine. Below is my last hatch. I also have new chicks hatching weekly.
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    Free range hens put into a run permanently?

    It should be fine. Just be aware that putting new birds with an existing flock will cause bullying to occur until a new pecking order is established.
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    All of my goslings are now dead

    I use the foldable dog pens with my miniature turkeys and it worked well until the poults got large enough to free range. Ducks will raise goslings. You have my sympathy as someone that recently went through a 5 day blackout. Not much fun when everything at my home runs on electricity.
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    Help

    Birds usually heal up pretty fast and if the leg is not broken I would not worry overmuch. Examine the leg and thigh closely, try to limit her leg use, watch for signs of infection, and quite like she will be fine in a few days. Judging by comb/wattles she is or will lay soon. Best wishes.
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    TENNESSEE COOP ON A FIXED INCOME

    What I made when a storm heavily damaged my serama coop and no money to buy supplies.
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    Phoenix Crosses

    Picture could be better. I'm surprised how fast the feahers grow This cockerel is younger. His little crest doesn't show. 1/2 Yokohama-1/4 Phoenix-1/4 Polish.
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