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  1. Northie

    what happened??? :(

    Up until this past weekend that's pretty much how we had been doing things... A relative of mine has been pushing the "Free range is best poor locked up Chickies" campain for quite some time now and I feel absolutely wrotten that I finally caved and gave in. Yes the first 2 days were pretty cool...
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    Our dogs- can they be trained to leave the chickens alone?

    It depends on how well you have a handle on them and how well you can read and react to their body language. Definitely can be done even with dogs with prey drive but I wouldn't leave them unsupervised with them. Strange things can happen when we're not there to stop a bad situation from...
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    what happened??? :(

    The rooster that came back from the dead was up this morning and he seems to be holding himself better the kids will be happy if he makes it.
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    Moving Forward- Breeding for Resistance to Marek's Disease

    I had been hoping to work towards a disease resistant flock but I got pretty much cleaned out by a predator or a dog... So I'm out. thanks for the knowledge posted here and good luck.
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    what happened??? :(

    No sign of injury on her and also no sign of feathers near her bed where she usually tries to stash things she likes. I don't know what to think with her, she always helps with chicken chores and then when we're done and I close up the coop she actually marks her territory around the coop...
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    what happened??? :(

    Wow so we were almost totally wiped out today by either a local predator or a dog... Maybe even our trusty chicken guardian dog??? We just started free ranging our little flock this weekend and to our shock we lost almost all of our birds including the kids most favorite pair of huge cochins :(...
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    egg hiding game...

    Silly girls! I blocked off under the ramp and put a new "nest" blocking the entrance to get under there. It had hay already premade into a nice round little nest with a dummy egg set in there just "perfect" Ya... or so I thought lol! They dumped out the egg trashed he cute little nest, moved...
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    egg hiding game...

    So apparently I have very poor taste in nest boxes. I thought if I gave them boxes exactly like the ones I saw on byc, they'd be thrilled! Nope, and that bucket idea no way. So we play the egg hiding game. Under the ramp, behind the bin, random corners or the best yet right in front of the door...
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    Moving Forward- Breeding for Resistance to Marek's Disease

    Off topic but it was mentioned someone mentioned the doodles above and I just wanted to chime in that not all of the doodles are turning out to be the miracle cross that they are portrayed and hyped up to be. If the parents of the doodle puppy's were susceptible to health and temperment problems...
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    I have always collected rocks. I still have the special ones I collected as a kid in a rock/flower garden that I'm always adding to. Rocks are easy keepers ;)
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    Ate our first home raised chicken last night and, wow what a difference from store bought birds! Almost reminded me of a cross between a chicken and a turkey. The dark meat was so different, so much darker, so much more flavor... The white meat was very yummy too and there was more of it then I...
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    Patient happy elegant and genuine... I'll take that.
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    ... Have you ever seen the gloves with a patch of fur on the back of the hand in addition to a cuff around the wrist... One of my friends parents showed us what that was for when I was a kid...:lau they never had a runny nose in the cold... I would also NEVER have touched those gloves! Eeeeeeeew!!!
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    Wow, reading about how its not just yourself your're putting on the line when you rescue, its the whole show hit home... Our last 2 rescues left quite a sad mark on us and I think I'm done with rescuing until the kids are grown if ever at all. The puppy we found, sick, crying, covered in...
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    Oh oops... Think I might have ruffled a few feather earlier... Sorry about that. I think I was trying to say that there are dog breeds out there that I know *I* am not right for... Not that they're bad dogs. I've spent time with different breeds and have found that there are some I really like...
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    Dumbest Things People Have Said About Your Chickens/Eggs/Meat

    "I can't believe you feed your chickens kitchen scraps, they should be eating chicken food not people food... My mother would have never...." The have free feed of layer food and only get scraps that are safe/healthy for chickens.
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    Jest Another Day in Pear-A-Dice - Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm in Alberta

    Loving the dog talk :). I have always loved the look of an ACD, however I don't think I'd be a good candidate as an ACD owner. I grew up with golden retrievers lol so I think an ACD would bulldoze right over me! I have a border collie who came from a breeder near here that use to keep cattle...
  18. Northie

    no gut method... ?

    Thanks for the replies! We have pretty good set of knives and a sharpener from butchering wild game already so that's a start. I was thinking of this idea, mostly just out of curiousity, but also as something to do if you had a lot of birds to process. You could freeze some whole, and some...
  19. Northie

    how many Eggs you get today

    Found 5 eggs for 4 hens today... Found one from each and an extra in a new hiding spot... I found where a silly girly has been hiding hers! Unfortunately for me all but one were frozen:/ so the dog got 4 and I got 1 lol
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    no gut method... ?

    I'm not sure if anyone on here has seen the "no gut method" of cleaning wild game like deer or elk, but if you know what I'm talking about... has anyone ever tried it with chickens? Could it be done if you didn't want to the bird whole for roasting? I was thinking it would be easy to remove the...
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