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    egg just hatched - now what?!!

    We've had a broody hen sitting on 5 eggs. Our first ever broody. While we were away this weekend one of them hatched. We took her/him inside since the barn is not suitable for a chick and put her in our brooder with chick starter, water and a 95 degree environment. The chick peeped a lot at...
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    Silkie rooster recently becoming aggressive

    Our sweet little puffball silkie rooster "Fern" (we thought she was a hen) has recently become aggressive. Admittedly he's a silkie and not very intimidating but still…it's not fun for the kids (or adults) to go tend to our animals and be pummeled by a rooster each time we walk into the barn...
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    Re-introducing injured hen to flock

    Last week I had to remove a hen because she hurt her wing. It had to be wrapped and she needed to be kept still while she recovered. I thought this might happen...when I tries to put her back in the barn today they all viscously attacked her. So much so that I had to remove her. I have heard...
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    Impaled chicken

    Yesterday afternoon I went to check on my animals and saw that one of my hens had impaled her wing on a hook that we use to hang water buckets. The hook is about 18 inches from the ground so she was able to stand but her wing was out stretched- stuck on this hook. It took quite some time and...
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    New run with hardware cloth or farm fencing?

    I've read many posts on here as well as scoured pictures on chicken runs. I need a new one. I've had ours for a few years and with all of our torrential rains and flooding it's lost it's integrity. Many of the posts I read have the hardware cloth on the bottom and then other fencing above...
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    Screaming Silkie

    We recently got 5 new pullets. During the day I keep them in a chicken coop close to the house. But because there's a hole in there that I have not yet secured (a weasel got in last winter), I bring them inside at night. I carry them out of the hen house in a cat carrier and keep them in my...
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    Chicken butt - pictures

    As I was going to see the chickens today I noticed something funny hanging between the legs of my hen. After I caught her I noticed that it was a ball of feathers and chicken poop. It fell off - belch. After a more careful inspection it looks like all the feathers have come of her rear end...
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    Our shells are pretty soft - what am I doing wrong?

    These are pretty new layers for us - I mean we've had them almost 9 months but they have just now really started laying regularly. The eggs are beautiful...well formed, bright yellow/orange but their shells are pretty soft. When I crack the eggs, they don't crack into a line but instead they...
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    Two roosters - will I have problems?

    I have had two roosters and it's been great. But....they just hit puberty! So far there doesn't seem to be any fighting but one of the roosters stays inside the run and refuses to come out. The other "herds" his girls outside in the run. What can I expect in the future? We currently only...
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    Please help in finding specific pullets - Vermont.

    I love baby chicks - there's nothing cuter but I'm over it. After having baby chicks in our house for 4 years in a row I'm ready for some new teenagers. The thing is...I want specific breeds. I was hoping for a couple of frizzles or silkies, a couple of Ameracaunas and a few Maranas and NO...
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    Can you help me ID this rodent?

    We have seen him in and out of a hole near our woodpile. He minds his own business and seems quite sweet. But.... we have had so much trouble with raccoons depleting our flock that we're cautious with any animal in their proximity. What is it? Is it a threat to our chickens...
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    gimpy chicken - I'm worried

    We recently got some chicks from a farmer friend of mine. He offered us chicks after a raccoon depleted our entire flock. One of the chicks he gave me has a gimpy foot. I pointed it out and he said it got pecked by one of the larger chickens in his barn. He said I didn't have to take it but...
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    integrating smaller chicks with larger chicks

    We have had a series of unfortunate circumstances lately thanks to a family of pesky raccoons. So now we are starting our flock all over again. We have 2 older chicks (about 4 weeks old) and 8 newer chicks (about a week and a half old). We have had to separate them because the older chicks...
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    Where to get "just a few" chicks

    Sad news. A raccoon got to my girls. I was out of town with husband in charge. Not that it would have been any different if I were there but still.... The time has come and gone for us to be able to order chicks from our local feed store. I was wondering what other resources there were for...
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    Sheep horn got knocked off - ack!

    We went to the barn tonight and the goats and sheep got all excited. As we were leaving we saw something on the ground and noticed that it was a horn. She must have banged her head on the barn when we arrived and it got knocked off. She is about 4 months old and the horn is newly forming -...
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    Bottle fed lambs?

    We have recently acquired a couple of bottle-fed ewes. They are about a week and a half old now. We originally got them at 4 days. They are so sweet and lots of fun too. However, they are currently living in my dining room. Which is sweet and convenient but a little messy and a little...
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    Fainting goats....what should I be feeding them?

    I'm a new owner of a couple of fainting goat wethers. They just turned 4 months old. We have been feeding them each a cup of Sweet Goat grain in the morning and another at night - so 2 cups each a day. It seems that they do not graze in their pasture when I feed them hay. I had heard that...
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    Should I be worried about a small goat bite?

    We have new 3.5 month old fainting goats. They are so sweet but still getting used to us. Today my daughter (8 years old) was letting one of them nibble on her finger...she likes it because they have no top teeth. My daughter got distracted and before you know it the goat had moved her little...
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    How old to add new chicks to existing flock?

    I want more chickens but I don't want chicks. I'm just not in the mind set to keep them inside and warm right now. I was hoping to just add 2 chicks to my existing flock of 6. Is it reasonable to think that at some point I could do that? I have done no research so please set me straight on...
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    Missing feathers on belly

    Lately I have been finding small fluffy feathers in the nesting box. Quite a few of them. Yesterday as my son was picking up a chicken I realized that at least 2 of my chickens are missing a LOT of feathers on their bellies. They look like a plucked chicken under there. There is no sign of...
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