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  1. Aemelia

    Funny birds!

    My Rhode Island Red is my best layer since she first laid. Then my Production Red took another two weeks after the RIR to get going and that surprised me. Even my Silver Lace Wyandotte laid before the Production Red. Now that we are getting into winter with less light my RIR and SLW are still...
  2. Aemelia

    Decreased Winter Production

    The days are getting shorter and the nights colder here in Nebraska. I don't plan to use supplemental light in my coop. I am starting to see decreased egg production even from my Production Red pullet. Seems like a good thing in the long run. We were averaging about 16 eggs a week and now we...
  3. Aemelia

    Fart Eggs

    I got my first one today and it was laid out in the run. My chickens have never laid an egg outside the coop before today. Is this the start of a trend or did it just sneak up on my hen?
  4. Aemelia

    Pullet Question

    At what point should I start worrying about a 23 week old pullet that laid one egg last Thursday and hasn't laid one since then? She laid an egg last Friday August 26 none since then. It is now August 31.
  5. Aemelia

    Egg Charting?

    Does anyone keep track of which hens are laying eggs each day? Is this something I should put on the calendar to make sure none of them go too long? I only have 3 pullets and each lay an egg that is a slightly different color so it wouldn't be too hard to keep track of I just wasn't sure if...
  6. Aemelia

    *Hides* I can't tell the difference between our eggs and store eggs..

    They taste the same. I'm not a smoker or anything and I think my taste buds work fine generally. It's fine I'm glad to not be buying eggs anymore but I feel a little let down after all the hype. Oh well.
  7. Aemelia

    Our first three egg day!!!

    Each of my girls laid an egg today for the first time! One has been going strong for 2 weeks now (my RIR) and we've been waiting on my SLW and Production Red to start. SLW started yesterday and today the Production Red started today.
  8. Aemelia

    Assorted Red Bin

    I got two female chicks from the assorted red bin last March. One is clearly a RIR (admittedly hatchery quality at best) but this one which I always kind of assumed was a Production Red has been much slower to start laying (she still hasn't and they are a day away from being 23 weeks old)...
  9. Aemelia

    How do you wash your eggs?

    That pretty sums it up. What is your tried and true way of washing eggs?
  10. Aemelia

    Blood in an egg (store bought)

    Our 3 hens aren't laying yet. So this morning I crack open a store bought egg for my daughter's breakfast and it had blood it in. Not a spot of blood on the yolk like the white was nearly pink with all the blood in this egg. What the Heck?! I threw it away but I'm really curious what...
  11. Aemelia

    My babies are all grown up!

    They have been outside for a week now. They are officially 11 weeks old today. So far no crowing so that that's very reassuring. They take themselves into the coop at night and back out in the morning with no encouragement from me right around dusk. Wow after reading about that on here I...
  12. Aemelia

    West Nile Virus?

    The local news is talking about birds dying from West Nile, not confirmed yet but they are worried. I checked the list at the top but I didn't see anything about it. Does anyone have issues with this? Are chickens immune somehow? Is there anything you can do beyond ensuring your yard is...
  13. Aemelia

    Chicken Run for 3 Chickens

    Here's our tiny run for our 3 backyard chickens. Their coop will be on the porch you can see there. It is 12 feet which should be enough space for them. My husband says if I continue to like having chickens he will build me a better coop and run in the future. The roof is hinged and lifts up...
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    Tiny Run for 3 Chickens

    Here's our tiny run for our 3 backyard chickens. Their coop will be on the porch you can see there. It is 12 feet which should be enough space for them. My husband says if I continue to like having chickens he will build me a better coop and run in the future. The roof is hinged and lifts up...
  15. Aemelia

    Gender Check Please.

    My chickens are 6 weeks old I think one is a few days younger as it still had it's egg tooth though the store told me they were all 4 days old when I got them. Thank you for helping me out! 1st Chicken RIR this is the one that had the egg tooth when I first got them. 2nd Chicken RIR...
  16. Aemelia

    Buying a prefab coop?

    Anyone have any links where to start?
  17. Aemelia

    How cool!

    Look what my city is doing! We can have 2 hens in town without a permit. Our local community corps group is helping people get chickens. http://www.communitycrops.org/chicks Raise your own Chickens! Community CROPS has Rhode Island Red laying hens available for you to raise in your backyard...
  18. Aemelia

    Medicated Chick Starter vs. Non

    I have my chicks (3 weeks old) on medicated chick starter. I have 3 chicks and live in town with no other chickens nearby. When I bought new chick starter I accidentally bought non medicated (What are the odds right? From what I have read it is usually harder to find than the medicated kind)...
  19. Aemelia

    Edited with new feed question

    Ok I had medicated food. Then I picked up a 20lbs bag of food yesterday but in looking at it it's the non medicated type because it's for all types of fowl not just chickens. My chicks are inside for the duration and almost 2 weeks old. Do you think its ok to change to nonmedicated feed? Or...
  20. Aemelia

    Pecking at 1 week

    I have 3 chicks. 2 RIR's and 1 SLW. One of the reds constantly pecks at the tip of the beak of the SLW, I mean constantly. The SLW doesn't seem to be harmed at this point but I thought this wasn't supposed to start until around 3 weeks. Can the beak be hurt? The other red and the SLW get...
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