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  1. Esjay600

    Hen - swollen bottom, runny poop, lethargic, drinking alot.

    Hi everyone First time chicken owner here. I've had my girls for about 9 months now (bought as pullets), but I haven't run into this problem before! My sweet girl Penny is having issues and I just need to check with you about what it could be. I have been reading other forum posts and...
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    How to treat Poultry Fleas/Stick Tight Fleas?

    Hi everyone, My husband went to put our beautiful girls to bed last night, and found their faces to be covered in tiny black bugs. These are the first poultry we've ever kept, and we've had them about 5 months. I immediately Googled, and can confirm they are definitely Stick Tight...
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    What do you do with all your eggs?!

    Hi everyone! I have only THREE hens, which are just about to lay (one started six days ago), but I know many of you have a dozen, two dozen, maybe more, hens! And it got me to thinking. Do you sell your eggs? Give them to family? Just eat a LOT of eggs?! Maybe some of your hens are senior...
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    Hen privacy and nesting boxes... how does it work?

    Hi BYCers! I have three hens, who are between 17 and 19 weeks now. The 19 week old just started laying, and so I built a nesting box. How much privacy do they need in their egg laying? I noticed that occasionally people have curtains or flaps on the front of their nesting boxes. Today was...
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    How many hens to roosters?

    Hi everyone I purchased three 6-8 week old chicks, that were all apparently female. I was never planning on having a rooster, but as it turns out I have two cockerels and a pullet! That's alright though! What I do need to know though, is how many hens I will need, to keep the two cockerels...
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    New member - Hi! Looking for advice :(

    Hello! I've been lurking around these forums for a few months, in preparation of buying chickens, but I've only just signed up. The reason for that is that I'm in need of some advice, as one of my 10 week old chickens is looking poorly. That thread is here. I would love your advice if you have...
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    10 week old chicken - barely growing - only wing feathers.

    Hi all I hope this was an appropriate place to post this, but I am getting quite worried about one of my chickens. I have three, all from the same hen, and I am new to chicken-owning. They are apparently all hens, though I suspect one is a rooster, but that's irrelevant to the point. Two of...
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