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  1. HarrisonCreek

    Listless chook

    Our 4 year old sturdy Australorp has slowly become less active and now she's not eating. Her comb is bright red, and she does come in/out of the coop with the others but then she sleeps a lot. She ran out to eat some scrambled eggs we made for her yesterday, then back to napping. Her crop is...
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    Chick just got taken by another hen - what are the chances she'll survive?

    I have mama and the 3 day old chicks close up in a biggish coop. I let mama out to poop and based on what others have said I was too trusting of the others and let one into the coop. Well, my big Light Sussex just tried to eat the little LS. I love that chick. the only LS of the brood and so...
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    Hatching in the communal coop. Am I crazy?? Does anyone actually do this?

    I've got a clutch hatching under our Australorp in the communal coop. Am I crazy?? Does anyone actually do this? I thought it's natural, right? And I've only got 3 hens. The Light Sussex is sooo curious and now I'm worried I need to separate them! Have you ever done this and how did it go??
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    Now hatching in the coop - food and water for the hatchlings?

    I have to admit I haven't thought this out much. Last year we hatched with an incubator and I fussed TOO much and lost most of the eggs/chicks. This year we slipped fertile bantam eggs under our full size Australorp. Two others int eh flock are a Welsummer and a Light Sussex, both full size...
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    Broody Australorp - Time to buy fertilized eggs?

    Hi Everyone, We incubated last year and now have a mixed backyard trio: Wellsummer, Light Sussex and Australorp. All full-size. The Australorp is broody and my kids want to give her fertilized eggs to hatch. I have a few questions: - will she stay broody for another 3 days til I get the...
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    Going away for 3 weeks

    Hi All, Our three 6 month old hens are fairly reliable about going in at night, etc. We are going away for 3 weeks. Our teenage neighbor is willing to check in on them, but we've also had an offer from a friend with a big coop to house while we are away, with the idea that THEY are then moving...
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    Gender?? - 12 weeks LIGHT Sussex

    I'm really worried that out of 24 eggs, and 9 surviving chicks (first time hatch), that we might only have 3 hens. Of the 3 Light Sussex, One is clearly male, one is clearly female, and this one is a wonder. VERY WELL developed - always big an "motherly" since the beginning. Her name is...
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    Gender?? 12 weeks BUFF Sussex

    only I'm really worried that out of 24 eggs, and 9 surviving chicks (first time hatch), that we might only have 3 hens. Only one Buff Sussex made it, and these are our first chickens, so really hard to compare. My daughter VERY fond of "Rachel". Very small compared to all but the Welsummer. Very...
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    Gender?? - Speckled Sussex 12 weeks

    I'm really worried that out of 24 eggs, and 9 surviving chooks (first time hatch), that we might only have 3 hens. Only one Speckled Sussex made it, and these are out first chickens, so really hard to compare. Here's mine at 11 weeks (1st photo) and 12 weeks (the rest). Pullet or Roo?
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    Light Sussex -Mixed lot - how many boys?

    Two of these Buff Sussexes I think are boys. What do you think? The one in the middle is the only one I'm sure is a girl. I also think the one on the right is a girl. The one on the left is most likely a boy. The one on the very top is a puzzle. He/she has wattles, but the tail is starting to...
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    Light Sussex - boys or girls

    These guys are 8 weeks now. I think this one is a girl? Very sweet and docile. Loves to perch and snooze. We call her Butterball.
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    Welsummer - Do girls have long tails?

    Here is our Welsummer. I'm pretty confident she's a she. Here is an early photo of her eyeliner: small comb, but long, sort-of "forked" tail?? The Australorp behind her is the crower:
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    Speckled Sussex - boy or girl? (7-8 weeks)

    This one has us stumped. I've seen some speckled sussex hens with large wattles. This one's comb is still yellowish. Had what I thought was a hen's tail early on, but now the tail is so long! It's now longer than this photo, taken a few days ago. We've got one crowing, so it's time to start...
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    Buff Sussex - 7 weeks - Roo or pullet?

    This chick is still smaller than his/her hatchmates, but is very outgoing. I'm thinking rooster? He/she has also developed a "cluck" long before the others, who are still peeping. Does that mean anything?
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    Bullying question - Separating a 4 week old Rooster?

    I have read the relevant article on this site: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bullying-behavior-in-chickens Really good tips. However I'd like to ask your opinions on our situation, especailly for tonight. The pecking was suddenly worse today after I was out all day at work. 9 chicks are...
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    Welsummer - Boy or Girl?

    2 days old. I thought it was a girl, but the other one I have has eyes much darker.
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    Do both of these chicks need to be put down??

    They both have lost of energy, but I'm having trouble keeping them warm and apart from each other and the other chicks. The first one got picked on when I tried to move it to the brooder. Urgent (I have to leave the house to go to work in 2 hours!)
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    Splayed Legs (First ever incubation) Please advise!

    Sadly, one of the Buff Sussex that hatched overnight has splayed legs. :-( My daughters were soooo concerned. We read this post on BYC about using zip-ties and newspaper to immobilize in these cases, so we tried it. My 11 year old daughter very bravely helped, and the 8 year old took photos...
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    Hatch Days Help - Incubator

    We've got one chick hatched in the incubator this morning!! So exciting! I expect one more to hatch today that was pipped yesterday. Several more pipped this morning. Total of 24 eggs. I know I shouldn't open the incubator, however, I have 6 eggs that I slipped into the incubator a day and a...
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    Hatch Days Help?

    We've got one chick hatched in the brooder!! So exciting! I expect one more to hatch today that was pipped yesterday. Several more pipped this morning. Total of 24 eggs. I know I shouldn't open the incubator, however, I have 6 eggs that I slipped into the incubator a day and a half later than...
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