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  1. Bean789

    Incubating in Little Giant with fan and egg turner temp problems

    My first attempt at incubating 20 fertile eggs. I set the incubator up per directions, purchased 2 separate thermometers (1 is a bulb thermometer and the other is a thermometer with humidity reading combined, not digital) for calibrating/testing temps, etc. No matter how much I adjust the...
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    Adding Silkie to a Mixed flock

    I have read several threads on this subject but still did not find the answers I was looking for, at least not a similar situation such as mine. I have a mixed flock of Barred Rock, Black Star, 2 Buff Orpingtons, Silkie, Silkie bantam and 4 guineas (guinea sexes unknown as yet) that are all...
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    Integration and New coop

    I recently had a new large 4 X 8 ft coop with 6 X 12 ft covered run built and it should be ready for the girls in another 2 weeks after painting and 'de-fuming' is completed. My situation is that I have a flock of 8 pullets(?) just beginning their egg laying stage (30 weeks old) who have...
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    Coop Floor and Other design options

    I have a "Daisy Coop", from purchased plans, with a 12 ft run and I am about to apply primer using a sprayer and then paint the coop the colors I have chosen. I plan on using linoleum on the treated plywood floor of the coop for ease of cleaning. The coop design had removable roosting boxes...
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    Cat urine and PDZ or Stall Dry

    I just purchased a house that has a garage to 'playroom' conversion and the previous owner kept her cats and dog in there. She was not the best at cleaning up after her pets. The room, no central AC to other parts of the house, reeks of cat urine. I mean reeks as in you can't be in there for...
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    Bavis still not well

    In an earlier post in another section, I commented about our little Bavis, a buff brahma bantam, who is now 5 weeks old. For approximately 3 weeks now, she is having trouble getting her poop out. She strains, and strains, and screeches each time and sometimes it comes out and sometimes not...
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    Rooster or Hen, need help clarifying gender, 8 weeks old

    Can sex be determined at this age? Ordered hens but did I get all hens? #1 Buff Brahma Bantam #2 Buff Silkie Bantam #3 Sultan bantam our mystery chick #4 Golden Laced Wyantotte, or that is what she supposedly is #5 Mottled cochin bantam #6 EE #7 Barred rock #8 Blue...
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    Need to build portable brooder or small coop

    I have 4 bantams and 4 regular size chicks now 5 weeks old. I am moving to a small acreage in a few weeks and not able to build their permanent home as yet. They are getting too big for their current brooder and I need to build them something that I can move easily when the time comes. Don't...
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    Preparing temporary run

    I would like to take my 4 week old peepers outside for the first time. I have a small back yard and 3 little dogs who poop and pee wherever they like. I have not treated the back yard with pesticides or fertilizers for 6 weeks now and have cut the grass once. I have heard that I need to clean...
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    Unidentified baby chick

    Ordered 8 baby chicks, now 2 1/2 weeks old, and order included a 'mystery chick' and she does have me stumped. Of course, being a complete newbie in every sense of that word in the chicken world, am seeking opinions as to her breed(s). She has 4 feathered toes, hatched yellow and getting white...
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    Chick can't poop easily

    Hello everyone! Yes, another newbie with a gazillion questions. I have 8 baby chicks, 2 1/2 weeks old. All have been doing fine. Now, 1 of them. buff brahama bantam, began having trouble pooping. Not pasty butt. Gave her olive oil/water mix via eyedropper. Tried the warm cloth, warm...
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