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  1. CAjerseychick

    Quick query- if you do get fecal matter on the meat? Also what to do in fridge-

    So the second bird I butchered tonight had a very full crop and some thing in the guts popped (fecal matter or gall bladder?) -- I rinsed him out well and now he is in my fridge in a bowl to tenderize - loosely covered with plastic wrap- Is that all that needs to be done, or should I soak him...
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    2 broodies sharing clutch but chicks hatched out Mon/tues! (its Fri) Suggestions?

    So.... 8 eggs only 3 hatched out (1 dud was my fault, I was stirring the eggs around and collecting them not realizing she was broody)- so here is the background: the one hen up high in nest box on 1 egg. one hen in a corner of the coop on 7 eggs. Hatched out 3 mon/tues (I was away, got back...
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    Will Brewers yeast harm chicks?

    So, have 3 week old chicks in with 2 week old and 3 day old ducklings-- I mixed in a handful of Brewers yeast into the large feeder (ducklings need extra Naicin right?)-- is this OK for the chicks? It was a can of powdered stuff I got at the feed store, and had directions on it for horses and...
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    Crumbles or Mash whats your preference? Not sure what to do--

    Soooo had to choose bet Purina crumbles(which I am avoiding right now) and Bar Ale which I love, but they only got MASH(at this place I was at) not crumbles which I am used to for chicks (and now ducklings and chicks)-- never used the Mash before-- can you still pour it into regular chick...
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    Have pasture, goats and chickens no pond...

    any advice? thinking that the 3 rubber bowls (the big black Ag ones that hold about 10 gallons each) will be enough, although it does get into the 100s for a few months a year-- we have some willows for cover and a seasonal stream (full up now, but will be dry by June or so).... Am alittle...
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    dead chick, does this mean the others are doomed?

    So.... got chicks last Friday ( I think as of today they are about a week old)-- left for work, on Sat, family tended them and they were apparantly lively and well today-- I drove home about 3pm today (and have watched them since then- they are lively active eating and drinking)-- BUT at 3pm I...
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    Sad hens, lost our Roo should I get a mature Roo or a younger one?

    Sooooo.. long story but now we have no Roo. And Big Roo (splendid Jersey Giant) really took care of hens, herded them about and let them know where the treats were. He was from a batch of 6 two week old breeders chicks we picked up and then mixed into a dozen day old hatchery Jersey...
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    Also desperately need goat proof chicken feeder ideas - Starving chickens!

    So... we got goats, and they roam with the chickens and jump the fence into the chicken yard at night and sleep next to the coop. The littlest dwarf baby actually is inside the coop much of the time.... I had goat proof (sort of) bowls (I wrapped them in 2x4 in ag wire) but the dwarf goat kid...
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    Will goat chow hurt chickens?

    So, long story short, I put some goat feed, its 16% protein all purpose goat rations, associated feeds, into a bowl inside the chicken coop so our ND baby can eat in peace away from the big goats and dogs.... so he hates the rain and is curled up in a nest box... chickens ran to the feed.... Any...
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    losing patiience with Chickens afraid of cattle panels!!!

    Ok this is more like a Vent (warning)-- Will they come around eventually (it looks like rain which will drive them under the porch) ?!!!!! So we put mini goat doelings (seriously they fit thru the pop door into the coop) into the chicken yard (its 40 by 20ft) and had to fence off the feeders...
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    New goats in chicken yard, spooked hens arent roosting in Coop!

    Sooo to make a long story more succinct-- we got a pair of terrified little doelings (mini Toggs, 16 weeks old) who have picked out the little enclosed chick pen in front of the coop/ pop door to hole up in a night.... (the pen has a gate left open so chickens can enter the pop door into the...
  12. CAjerseychick

    Mama weaned chicks and now they hide in the coop!

    SO mama broody has finally rejoined the Flock (chicks hatched out end of June so I guess its about time) there are 3 left and I notice they are their own tiny little flock and hang out together-- today I came home from out of town(my daughter said she hadnt seen them in a couple of days and I...
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    Rooster has quit using coop at night?!!

    Hey all any thoughts on this-- we have Jersey Giants, and our young rooster (they all turned 1 in July) recently I noticed (maybe in the last week) has been sleeping at night on the ground next to the coop under a flap of tarp ( I have a piece of tarp on the exposed side/ roof of the coop --...
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    Anyone tried hatching out a few duck or goose eggs under a Broody hen?

    Hey all, tried searching the Forums no luck-- We have Jersey Giants and my biggest broody is close to 12 lbs, and I have been very interested in geese lately, and here in town there is a lady who will sell you fertile hatching eggs (I could get them in various stages of development to more...
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    Dead chick day 6, with broody hen? WHy How?

    Hi all we were very happy to have our broody hatch out 4 chicks, and she moved into the dog crate we originally wanted her to Set in..... Temps here are 50's maybe upper 40's and temps just jumped to 80's from 60's 1 day ago--- so first nice day Momma was showing her chicks around the yard no...
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    Pouring rain! Pretty sure theres a broody out there in it!

    Anyone have any experience with this? The last time my eggs dropped off (about a month ago, and now I have 4 chicks) and one of my hens went missing, I found a clutch of eggs in the bushes and was able to move them (hen followed)-- Anyways one of my hens had been showing up off and on.... and...
  17. CAjerseychick

    Broody Hen hatched last Th! Still sitting tight what do I do!!!

    Hey all so I have been posting about our first Broody who hatched out 4 chicks last thursday in a nest box... they had some adventures along the way (my daughter took them inside over the weekend in a dog crate, then I moved them back to coop last night, but now they made it back to the dog...
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    Its been 26 hours since 1st chick hatched-I just watered my broody, shes still sitting tight- should

    Just lost my entire post d/t these ">>>>" popup ads! Can we get fewer popup ads on this site?-- they really mess me up whenver I go to my sidebar to scroll down!!! Heres the short version-- Its been 26hours since first chick, now we have (at least) 3 fluffy butts- they were sitting on the...
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    11 month old hen hatched out chicks in the coop-- Nest box is 3ft up! Advice pls!!!!

    OK so I have been surfing around the Incubating and hatching eggs forum... Well that seems in the bag-- the one chick from this AM is fluffy and healthy and 2 more are pipping (from what I can see that mama hen got super pecky)... (there should be 6 or 7 more hatching besides the one live...
  20. CAjerseychick

    Day 18 shrink wrapped egg in nest box!

    So came home after 2 days away at work.... 2 of the eggs setting in my nest box are broken (long story, hens wouldnt stay on the eggs when I tried moving them) one completely, and a formed feathered squashed chick was visible, the other with the outer shell broken half off but with the membrane...
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