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    Catskill Homesteader Breeding Project

    The Catskill Homesteader Breeding Project Goal is to Produce Locally Adapted Winter-hardy, Colorful "Eye-Candy" Chickens Laying Various Shades of Green & Brown Eggs; Dual Purpose, Active Foragers & Frequently Broody The purpose of this thread is to share photos of the Catskill Homesteaders...
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    Strange growth above eye

    When I brought home this Swedish Flower Hen rooster, I noticed that he had a "bump" above his one eye. I just thought it was swollen and would be okay. I've kept an eye on it, and it's gotten bigger. He has no nasal discharge, no eye discharge, not lethargic, and is eating just fine = no sign of...
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    Swedish Flower Hen Chicks - April 6-10th

    I'd like to add a few Swedish Flower Hen chicks to my flock, and don't have enough room in the incubator for shipped eggs. The closest person is over 100 miles away, so the gas to travel there to pick up chicks would be as expensive as shipping chicks. I'm going to be incubating eggs from my...
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    Ideal Poultry mystery pullet

    I got the Ideal Poultry special surprise pullets 5/29 hatch, and kept this little "chipmunk" chick. It has slate/gray legs, single comb & bluish earlobes. I can't figure out what she is exactly. She looks to be a silver duckwing type coloration, but only has a little salmon on her breast. I've...
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    Extra Chicks from Ideal Poultry

    I have extra chicks from my Ideal Poultry order of Special Surprise Pullets, which are supposed to hatch 5/29. These chicks are all females, and an assortment of the extra breeds the hatchery did not sell that day. As per NY state law, you only have to buy 6 chicks from me, whereas most...
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    Still need help sexing 6 wk old "barnyard mix" chicks - *Lots of Photos*

    They were hatched Easter Weekend (3/28-4/1), so they're now 6 weeks old. The photos below are when they were 5 1/2 weeks. All are mixes, but just want help with their genders. People are waiting for some of the chicks, but I want to make sure I give them females. Some are becoming more obvious...
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    Wanted: Broody Hens - Silkies or other - NY

    I'm looking for one to two Broody Hens, or a hen that often goes broody. I'd prefer a silkie, as they're little "broody machines", but any breed will do. I would be best if it was in NY state, and could meet you somewhere. But, might be willing to have shipped if no other options. Please PM me...
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    Questions about the 50/50 ratio in hatching

    I've searched all over BYC, and can't seem to find an answer to a few questions about hatching. Last year, I hatched out two batches of chicks under broody hens. 1st batch - set 6 eggs; 3 hatched - two roos & 1 pullet; eggs were from 2 Red Star hens & 1 Easter Egger hen 2nd batch - set 9...
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    Cockerals - Chantecler & Blue Andalusian Roosters

    5 - 8 week old Cockerals (Hatched 1st week of July) - from a Blue Andalusian rooster x Red Star, Black Star, Wyandotte & Easter Egger hens 2 - 6 month old Cockerals (Hatched April 18, 2012) - from a Blue Andalusian rooster x Red Star & Easter Egger hen - "Caleb" & "Michael Jessie" 1 - 6...
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    Assorted Cockerals (Blue Andalusian mixes, Buff & Partridge Chantelcer, etc) - Upstate NY

    New listing with updated photos can be found here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/708916/cockerals-chantecler-blue-andalusian-roosters 5 - 8 week old Cockerals (Hatched 1st week of July) - from a Blue Andalusian rooster x Red Star, Black Star, Wyandotte & Easter Egger hens 2 - 6...
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    Please ... I'd like your input about breeding!

    I don't know why, but whenever I post a question, I usually only get one or two responses. If you have any suggestions as to where this thread would get more views and replies, I'd like your input. I have a few question about chicken genetics and/ or if any of you have tried crossing these...
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    Winter-hardy DP breeds?

    I’m researching different breeds for my spring order and would like some input. I like my EEs and Red Stars, and will be getting replacements for my older hens. The Wyandottes are very pretty, and I like that their combs don’t easily get frostbite, but they consider laying eggs an option. Out of...
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    Buff- laced Polish roo?

    I've been thinking this Polish is a roo, as he was one of those "free exotic chicks" from McMurray. "He" has a cross-beak, but seems to eat and drink just fine. I thought I saw some saddle feathers, but then I read on one of the other posts that they don't develop until they're much older. He's...
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    Leghorn roo or pullet?

    This leghorn's comb and face is just starting to get a little pink; but its legs are smaller than the other EE, RS pullets that are the same age. These first three photos are of the older leghorn, estimated to be around 7 wks old. This photo is of both leghorns - one in the front is the...
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    Poll: Reason(s) for more chickens now than when you started

    After reading some of the posts on Chicken (Poultry) Addition Anonymous , incubator hatching stories , and how some people have started out with a couple chickens and now have a dozen or more, I thought it would be fun to do a poll. You can also post a brief story of how your flock "grew" from...
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    Confused about Treatment of Lice

    Okay, I've read many, many of the posts about treatment of chicken lice here on BYC and on other internet sources. But, it's kind of confusing, such as, some people say one works better than the other or don't use this or that type. Most sources mention these products to treat infestations of...
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    Hen not laying

    I have a RIR hen that's hasn't laid for over a week (the 17th was the last time), and before that, she'd been laying quite regularily. It doesn't appear to the usual causes: 1. Lighting - I've been giving all the hens extra lighting for at least a month, now. 2. Cold - it's getting chilly at...
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    Hen won't stop pecking and chasing the pullets

    One of my RIR hens, Roseblossom, won't stop pecking and chasing the pullets. They've been outside together since July, and have been sharing the same chicken coop for over a month. The pullets are now 23 wks old, just about 3/4 the size of the two RIR hens. The other morning, I watched some of...
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    Questions about chicks and pullets

    I don't know if this the right place to ask this question or not. But, here goes: I know someone who got 15 Red Star chicks on April 19th, 2010, but theirs are from a breeder in PA rather than a hatchery . He said that one of hens did the "wings out, squat down and stop feet" dance the other...
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    Please help identify these EEs, SLWs & GLWs

    I just got these chicks today, and was wondering if you can tell the breeds of these chicks at being only a few days old. I know that the "golden yellow" chicks are all Red Stars, but it's the other dark chicks that I'm wondering about. This is the whole batch of 12 chicks: The two cuties in...
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