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  1. DDRanch

    Moving a flock of hens...advice please

    Hello all, I am moving from Santa Rosa California to Nampa Idaho. It is a 10 hour car trip. I have 5 hens about 5 years old. All healthy and laying. i am worried this long trip will be too stressful for the girls. What is your opinion? Re-home or move them? Appreciate your advice. Thank...
  2. DDRanch

    Better for a hen to live alone?

    One of my older hens is being bullied by the rest of the flock. This is beyond the pecking order syndrome. I have had chickens for many years. She has been losing weight for several months now, still eating and participating but clearly not happy. Tail down, lying down for most of the day...
  3. DDRanch

    Great Horned Owls and chickens?

    We have a pair of Great Horned owls nesting near my chicken coop. We are thrilled to have the owls so close but I wonder if they will pose a threat to my hens. I have large breeds. Obviously, the hens are locked up tight at night, but would the owls be a threat early evening as my girls are...
  4. DDRanch

    Pin Worms? Round Worms? What?

    HEllo BYC Community My flock is 11 mo old and recently I have noticed several have very smelly diarrhea. Today I observed fresh runny poo with tiny little worms.I have not experienced worms, so need some guidance from you please. I have been searching the forum to determine the type of...
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    Double yolks.....unusual ?

    My 16 pullets have just begun laying their first eggs. I have gotten two double yolk eggs with in the first twelve eggs laid. Is this normal? Mind you, I am not complaining, they are extra tasty, just have not had these before with any my other chickens. :P :P I have black Astralorpes...
  6. DDRanch

    Bully Chick?

    My nephew and niece have recently acquired 6 rhode island red chicks. 4 weeks old. Almost immediately, one of the 6 has started bullying the others, pecking even drawing blood. They are first time chicken owners. Rooster Peck no more medication does not seem to deter the bully. At this age...
  7. DDRanch

    What is your experience with ravens and your chickens?

    We have lived in harmony with crows and their nests for years and they have never posed a threat to my adult hens as they free ranged. Yesterday however, I answered two "predator calls" from the hens and found a large raven standing near them as they huddled in the bushes. There were only two...
  8. DDRanch

    Would you like to see my Live Cam with 16 babies?

    Hi all, I recently added 16 new babies to my little flock. I know you know the thrill of getting new chicks and then sharing them on BYC. My hubby has installed a live camera in the brooder and if you would like to see my girls, just click on the link below. They are about 3 weeks old and...
  9. DDRanch

    Would you like to see my Live Cam with 16 babies?

    Hi all, I recently added 16 new babies to my little flock. I know you know the thrill of getting new chicks and then sharing them on BYC. My hubby has installed a live camera in the brooder and if you would like to see my girls, just click on the link below. They are about 3 weeks old and...
  10. DDRanch

    Rescue hen has trouble eating-clipped beak

    One of my 5 rescue hens appears to have trouble grasping food and eating. She is quite underweight and not "thriving" like the others since I have taken them in. I have had them about a month now. 4 are growing back feathers, putting on weight, laying eggs and recovering. All these hens have...
  11. DDRanch

    Starling problem

    Recently I have had a flock of starlings raiding my coop and eating the chicken food...I mean a lot of the food. My outdoor pen wire for the covered run is large enough for the birds to enter, and then they are in the doors in the coop and out with the food. Looks like a freeway for birds. I...
  12. DDRanch

    Meet Millie and Molly...my new rescue hens

    Here are Millie (the red head) and Molly,(the blonde) my 2 new rescue hens from my local humane society. They were left in a box at an animal hospital. I have had them for about 2 weeks now, fattening and loving them up !! They are very sweet and both are laying eggs. The integration with the...
  13. DDRanch

    Odd Behavior for Rescue Hen....is this normal ???

    Four days ago I rescued 2 hens from our local humane society. They treated them for mites, but otherwise in very good shape. They are in quarantine from the rest of my chickens. I have had chickens for almost 10 years and have never seen these 2 behaviors so I would appreciate your input...
  14. DDRanch

    Favorite hen lost to bobcat.....

    Oh my sweet Mary Grace. By the time I heard the girls squawking, the bobcat had grabbed one and ran over our fields. I ran out of my house, up the hill, over the fence and pursued for about an acre yelling the whole time. The bobcat let her go and took off over a hill. My beautiful Mary Grace...
  15. DDRanch

    Are redwood chips safe for chickens? Good idea? Bad idea?

    I have about a yard of decorative redwood chips left over from a landscaping project. I was thinking of dumping them up at my coop for the hens to play around in. The wild turkeys will dig thru and dust bathe in the chips in my garden area....so I wonder if my hens would like that too. Opinions?
  16. DDRanch

    Neighbors roosters harassing my hens.........what else can I do?

    This morning 2 of my neighbor's banty roosters came over and harassed and chased my hens all the way up our hill and back to the coop. They were quite frightened. One of the roosters bloodied one of my girls before I could intervene. I chased them off. I have never had a rooster and I don't...
  17. DDRanch

    Starlings...how can I discourage them?

    This summer I have been plagued with starlings.....in and out of my coop and run eating food and soiling the waters. I have 4 inch wire for my run and they can easily get thru that. My coop has 2 chicken doors for the girls to go in and out at will so the starlings come into the coop thru...
  18. DDRanch

    My beautiful Mary Catherine...RIP...You are loved !!

    Yesterday My beloved Mary Catherine died. She was an 8 year old Buff Orpington and head hen of my little flock. She did not go down to the orchard yesterday morning with the others, but rested instead under the redwood tree. I found her a couple of hours later. She was sweet, beautiful and...
  19. DDRanch

    Is this odd behavior for a rooster?

    About a week ago, a homeless rooster showed up on our property and took up residence in a redwood tree which overlooks my coop/pen. He has stayed in that tree pretty much all week crowing. If I approach him, he will either fly down and run away or go higher in the tree. Seems pretty fearful of...
  20. DDRanch

    If a rooster has no spurs, is he young?

    I have little experience with roosters, but this morning one showed up in my backyard with his eye on the girls. Someone either dropped him off for a country life, or he has come from a neighboring property. In any event, he is quite skittish and has spent all day hiding in my bushes. I...
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