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    Icelandic chickens question

    Hi, so I searched all the threads on Icelandics and there really aren't very many of them. I have two young Icelandic chicks and my question is regarding colouring. Now, I do know that the presence of red in most chicken breeds indicates that the youngster is a male. However, the red on my...
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    F1 OE, araucana over marans, having health issues?

    Hi everyone, So I ordered a whole bunch of eggs a year ago that were left to cook in a warehouse for a week, so I only got a handful of birds to hatch. Of the blue copper marans, I got one hen; of the araucana, I got a red and blue rooster. So, I thought, why don't I put them together for an F1...
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    Starting a second batch of eggs halfway through an existing hatch

    Hi, both Google and duck duck go gave me NO answers. Has anyone ever set eggs halfway through an existing hatch (say, about a week or two in)? I have 18 eggs I want to start today, but may be getting a dozen shipped in the next week or so. I'm thinking the spike in humidity (which I never let...
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    Concrete in existing coop, off-gassing risk?

    Hi, so after the mink dug tunnels and decimated my flock the past two winters, we put a mesh floor in over the dirt floor. This year, rats moved in. I filled all the tunnels by scrubbing sand down through the mesh, but the following day the tunnels were back. This is making for some precarious...
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    Bantam dark cornish eggs, 2 hatched black? Colour gene question: how?

    I bought some hatching eggs off a guy who's kept a pretty closed flock of bantam dark cornish that he had been breeding for nine years. Most of his birds were actually white-laced-red, but the others were a darker rust colour and no other breeds in with them. Well, my eggs have hatched, and i...
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    Cornish cross leg problems, can't stand up - what I did.

    Hello everyone, So, I'm on my second batch of meat birds and obviously still learning. The first batch I had 2 chicks just die for no apparent reason and it was suggested to me that they were too hot. So, for this batch, I started them off with a cooler lamp that gave them only 89° and also...
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    Pig slaughter: skin or scald to use the leather? Also, to hang or to process same-day?

    Hello, we have two pigs that we'll be slaughtering soon. I want to keep the hides for leather but can't find any info on the best way to prepare a pig with that purpose in mind. So far it looks like the easiest may be to skin the pigs and de-bristle after, but scalding and scraping seems like...
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    Slaughter: ladies, what's your favourite method/tool? I'm still figuring mine out, looking for ideas

    So, I used to use a great, big machete and had really good success lopping heads in one swing. Thing is, the owner of that machete took it with him when he left some time ago. Since then, I've tried various hatchets (sharp), adjusted the height of my chopping block and even bought a new machete...
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    mink outsmarting LGD?

    I'm having a mink problem. At first, I thought my LGD wasn't doing anything because she was sleeping in the garage and couldn't get to it before it dug into the coop. Lately, though, she's been using her doghouse which is right beside the coop. I've done everything I can to block off the tunnels...
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    ILT: to vaccinate or not?

    I've been searching the internet trying to decide whether or not to vaccinate against ILT and I'm not really finding anything that's helping me to decide. Every year around this time I get sick birds; this year, I realized that the only ones getting sick are the ones that weren't here to be sick...
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    is my LGD puppy big enough to sleep outside yet?

    This is Athena, she is a 13-week-old kuvasz. I got her two weeks ago and have been bringing her in for the nights because the breeder said she was still a bit small to single-handedly tackle coons. Well, she's grown a lot in two weeks and, being the time of year it is with food in relative...
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    chicken knocks on the door to come in! who else has one?

    My huge fbcm had recently spent some time indoors in a cage to recover from a massive coon-inflicted wound. She's been back in the coop for a few days now, but my husband says she's been knocking at the door to come in. (He often gets home from work before I do.) Today, he was home sick, and the...
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    goopy eyes, gurgly breath in youngsters, adults fine. advice?

    I noticed the other day one of my 4-week-olds had one goopy, closed eye, and that one of my 8-week-olds was having gurgly breathing. The younger chick doesn't seem to be adversely affected and even seemed better today. The older chick's breathing got a bit better (less struggling) but now it has...
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    at what age do sex feathers come in?

    I have a bunch of 8-week-old mixed chicks. In the earlier weeks I started guessing their sexes by feather growth, then the appearance of wattles etc. and figured I had 9 girls, 4 boys. As they got older, I only ever noticed two do the "practice roo-fighting"; one of which vanished a while ago :(...
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    chicken-training my doberman not going so well. tips?

    Two weeks ago tomorrow, we adopted a 4 yo doberman rescue. He's a wonderful boy but has certainly been a challenge! Whenever I think I've broken him of chasing chickens, next thing I know, he wants them again! My training method: every couple hours we walk the property. When he gets into...
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    mama bcm accidentally killed too many chicks. give her another chance, yes or no?

    Exactly a week ago I had a new hatch. 14 I did in the incubator, another 12 were being done by my broody bcm. One of the dozen was booted out of the nest a week prior, leaving her with eleven to finish off. Hatch day seemed to be going well. I could hear peeping and saw babies poking out. The...
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    chick hatched with some insides outside, what is it and what to do?!!

    One chick just hatched with some insides outside. I've gutted a few birds in my time but not sure what's hanging out. It's red, round, and big. There's a bright green spot on it (gall bladder?) but the mass doesn't look like a liver. I searched and the only other thread I found was with...
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    what's the youngest age you've successfully integrated chicks to the main flock?

    I just set another batch of eggs in the 'bator so my current babies will need to vacate the brooder in three weeks' time. At that point they will be just under 4 weeks old. They are already outdoors during the daytime and their parents visit them off and on throughout the day with calm...
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    overdue eggs, interrupted incubation, advice?

    Hatch day was friday, may 30th. 14 had hatched by thursday evening. Last night, I candled the rest, put 2 back in and the rest that didn't look like anything was happening I left out to be discarded today. After searching the forum to try to decide about the 2 eggs I'd put back in, I came upon...
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    eggs cheeping, cause for panic?!!!

    I'm hatching for the first time ever and a couple times today I heard a baby cheeping. First time I wrote it off as something else but just now I heard it again. Does this mean the baby needs help? Or is it just practicing for when it hatches?
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