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    Trying to confirm a dozen chick’s breeds

    I plotted and got myself a dozen chicks that I’m hoping are all different breeds (except one). Unfortunately some are super similar and I think I just have to be patient and wait it out to see who develops which breed traits as they’re so similar as chicks. Here is my graphic of which chicks I...
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    Which hen is laying this egg??

    I know I may never actually know the answer to this question, but it is driving me crazy! Reading up on all of my hens, I have not found any that are said to regularly lay this egg. So here is what I have if you want to help me figure out the mystery. I have 13 hens right now. I know which egg...
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    I am building a brooder this weekend for a dozen chicks, please help me design it!

    I have a dozen chicks (mixed laying breeds but all full sized, no bantams) coming next week. I have current flock of 16 chickens that live in our old barn and free range on 5+/- acres during the day (technically 40 but they don't usually venture far into the cow pasture lol). I am actually going...
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    I was supposed to be a California White...

    We got this chick as a baby fluff ball in March. She was supposed to be a California White. She is quite the character, first to fly up out of the brooder, first to fly up to perch on us ❤️ but she is not white. She has a few black spots like I’d expect. I thought maybe just strange coloring...
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    Country livin’!

    When I signed up here about a year ago, we lived in the city, we were planning our wedding, and planning a move to the country “someday”. Well, I am beyond pleased to announce that we closed on a 40 acre place in podunk Colorado just after Christmas! We got my horse and mini moved out here...
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    How much does your egg count fluctuate week over week?

    First off I'm new to chickens, and even newer to eggs from chickens. I got my first three chickens a few weeks before my second three, so I suppose I've had chickens for 6 weeks now? The first three hens are 7+ years old and I'm not really expecting any eggs from them. If I get any it will be a...
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    What are my new hens?

    I'm laughing because I'm adding one more thread among the zillions about HEY what are these chickens? It also gets to be a tiny bit of a mystery reveal because I only snapped one picture tonight before the sun got too low and I didn't want to freak them out with the flash. Anyway, so I got 3...
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    Is 2 nesting boxes enough?

    I'm pretty sure the answer is yes, but if I have 6 hens, some of whom are older and not really laying much, is it enough to have 2 nesting boxes for the group of them? I have one hen that likes to sleep in one of the boxes. The three new ones (that I don't have yet) will be laying more than the...
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    Feeding older hens

    I'm trying to wade through all of the information on this site and the internet to see what is best for my chickens. I have some back story and information about the chickens now vs in a few months and I'd love to get some opinions on ways to improve what I feed them, some ideas on amounts, and...
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    I have chickens!

    More precisely, I have 3 hens. AND A cute little coop for them in my backyard. I have a couple of awesome friends who gave me tours of their chicken operations and then a waterer (and heater for under the waterer so it doesn't freeze), and a feeder, and of course the one who gave me these hens...
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    Did I guess right?

    I'm SO EXCITED! I'm getting my first 3 chickens possibly this weekend (or as soon as I have housing for them). One of my friends has been wanting to rehome her 3 older hens and I found pictures of them. I know they're not the best, but from these pictures I think the one hen might be a golden...
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    Hello, My name is:

    Heather. I know my screenname says HBR Ranch, but can I tell you a secret? Said ranch does not actually exist yet. My fiance and I are working on getting some land in Eastern Colorado and then at some point in the future we'll turn that into our ranch, moving out there a bit at a time while...
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