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  1. MotherJean

    State Veterinary Contact Listing - 2010

    Your state department of agriculture provides a State Veterinarian and laboratory testing services to monitor poultry populations (including backyard flocks) for serious outbreaks of disease. They also provide information and education about avian health, disease prevention, and advice on...
  2. MotherJean

    UGH! Rain and the art of keeping the flock dry

    The Pacific Northwest is caught in a deluge of rain with no signs of letting up for the extended 5 day forecast Typical Memorial Day weekend in this part of the country I have a sunken patio with 4" of standing water! I also have a coop sitting on a raised platform that, in spite of what I...
  3. MotherJean

    Confused - Are Lt. Brahmas and Lt. Sussex the same?

    I have 6 pullets sold to me as Light Brahmas. In looking through the breeds, I find the Light Sussex that looks just like my Light Brahma. If these aren't the same bird with different names, they must be somehow related. Right? I'm thinking about adding some Speckled Sussex to my flock but I...
  4. MotherJean

    New Babies - 1 RIR, 1 SLW and...1 Robin!?!? (Photo)

    Wow! What an exciting day. I had just returned from the feed store with a 50# sack of DE and 2 new peeps. As I was going out the backdoor to get some supplies from the greenhouse a Blackbird flew past me with a Robin hot on his tail raising all kinds of heck. The Blackbird flew into a low shrub...
  5. MotherJean

    First Things: Play Outside & Sleep in Coop

    My Light Brahma girls are 5 weeks. Feathering out nicely and starting to get a little testy with one another because they've outgrown the brooder box. Lucky for us, the sun decided to shine so I pulled out my dog's camping playpen and gave the girls an afternoon in the grass while I finished up...
  6. MotherJean

    How much diatomaceous earth should I add?

    I'll have a small coop and a sandbox of equal size underneath the coop for dustbathing. Size is 5'x4' for both areas. Coop will average 3-6" of wood shavings for litter. Off-hand, can anyone tell me how much DE I should add to both areas? Is a handful too little - a cupful too much? No doubt...
  7. MotherJean

    Playhouse to Coop Conversion on Shoestring Budget (UPDATE)

    Am just getting back into keeping a backyard flock after 25 years. I live in a nice neighborhood in a small town that's not particularly poultry friendly. Property is 1/3 acre, but not fenced. So, my challenge is to come up with a coop and run that is functional, doesn't scream "I'm a chicken...
  8. MotherJean

    Noob from Washington State

    Well, not exactly a noob - more like a born again chicken nut. Had a lovely backyard flock more than 25 years ago that I had to re-home when the family moved to Los Angeles. Family's been back home in Washington State for a long time and I've wanted another flock of hens, but I was too busy...
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