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  1. nicole63021

    Treat choices in cold weather...

    As the weather gets more of a chill, I am starting to wonder what kind of treats everyone offers with the changing season. Have been giving the veggies and yogurt, feeder insects and some liver, but wondering if it would help to offer scratch grains. If so, which grains? They are on a whole...
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    Brahma sexing...

    Will try to get good pics of the birds in question tomorrow, but I'm wondering at what age the boys and girls really start to look different in Gold Laced Brahmas. Have 9 week olds that haven't really developed any sort of wattles and have no red or really even pink coloring in the comb. 1 is...
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    New to Self Sufficiency and loving it!

    Hello! We have been in our current house for just at a year now after being apt. dwellers for many years. We put in a mostly thriving garden this spring and got chickens early in the summer. Today is my first go at making my own pickles with the windfall of cucumbers and dill from the garden...
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    Just what does everyone keep???

    Chickens are just the newest addition to the animal lineup here, and though we want sheep, goats, horses, and llamas or alpacas one day, we already have quite a menagerie. 2 Australian Shepherds, 1 African Pygmy Hedgehog, 60+ pythons (of several varieties), 30+ crested geckos, and of course...
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    August Hatch-A-Long!

    Since my July hatch went so poorly, I convinced DH to do another hatch as long as we got some chicks too! So picked up some eggs about an hour away today, and will be driving to TN to get some more eggs and chicks next weekend (no more shipped!). Will be putting in 13 eggs tonight, 5 Lav Orps...
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    First Garden!

    My first garden!!!! We also got chickens this year of course, but this is my little slice of independence! Have cucumbers, corn, dill, garlic, kale, brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, quinoa, cherry peppers, english peas, purple bell peppers, jelly bean tomatoes, roma tomatoes, green zebra...
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    Poopy feet w/PDZ?

    We started with PDZ in our brooder as it was supposed to be very good for health and to help keep odors down. However, I have found that some of the chicks (our Faverolles especially), are ending up with some poo stuck to their feet. None of them have pasty butt and they all seem to be happy...
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    Question about hatching shipped eggs in carton...

    I have 34 eggs that were shipped to me (beautifully I might add) and I put them in a paper egg tray to rest, and then moved the eggs into the incubator in the tray to keep a more desirable position. I am wondering what I need to do at lockdown. Do I leave them in the carton as they have been...
  9. nicole63021

    Chicken nipple watering systems

    I have chicks arriving in about 6 weeks, and am in full swing with the exact design and systems that will be used for the coop and run. I would really love to use a nipple watering system with pvc piping so that I can run one side of the pipe into the coop and have the other in the run (I plan...
  10. nicole63021

    New and planning for hens

    First let me say hi to everyone on BYC! I'm new here and am new to keeping chickens, but have ordered 5 hens for mid June delivery to give myself the time to get a coop and run in order. I am planning a 15'x10' fully enclosed run with a fully covered top with a height dropping from 7' on the...
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