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    Need to reduce flock

    Need to reduce my flock; had a big hatch this year and the hawks left us mostly alone. Looking for good homes for our birds. BYC wanted a $5 reserve price, but for BYC'ers who want to pick up, any offer is fine and we can work out things on the phone. Contact Patrick (609) 457-1130 I can...
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    Miracle Chick!

    Was walking by the garbage can just now and I heard peeping from inside. But I'm getting ahead of myself. We had two hens hatch 8 chicks about 10 days ago. After they left the nest, I collected the unhatched eggs, tapped them to see if anything was ready to hatch, and then put them in the...
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    Anyone's hen actually ever freeze to death?

    I can't help but be amazed at all the posts of people deathly worried about their chickens and cold weather. Has anyone ever actually lost a hen they could definitely attribute to cold? Where the hen was in a dry coop, adequately fed and watered? For all the hundreds of posts of people using...
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    Strange chick behavior

    I have a flock on 1 year old chickens, I also have 15 18 day old chicks in a brooder. The flock free ranges and today, for the first time, I let the chicks out too. Most of the chicks huddled away from the older birds. But one barred rock pullet (suppose to be), did the strangest thing. This...
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    collective defense

    Was sitting out on the deck reading BYC with the chickens in the yard (they free range) when a hawk swooped through. Chickens went nuts and ran for their bushes. Hawk alighted on one of the pine trees. The rooster started his alarm call/get out of there call, "ba ba ba bwack". This seemed...
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    Pullet cut

    One of my pullets flew somewhere she shouldn't have. When I went to retrieve her I saw that she was bleeding pretty good. I took her inside to wash the blood off and maybe see the cut. Hard to tell, she might have had a couple of cuts along the wing and it looks like a decent tear in the skin...
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    Chicken grower substitute

    My local farm supply has 4 different brands of layer pellets but nothing else but medicated chick crumbles. My chicks are 10 weeks old and I really don't want to feed them the high protein starter and feeding them the high calcium layer pellets is a no-no. The feed store has turkey finisher...
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    What gender is this W.C. Polish?

    I got the Rare Breed Special at Murray and I only got one Polish. Most of the other birds I got more than one and the boys stick out from the girls now (8 weeks).
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    What breed?

    I've been trying to figure these chicks (7 weeks now) out since they came. Every couple of days they seem to be something then a part of their anatomy rules it out. I even called the hatchery and they couldn't figure out what they sent me
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