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    Brave, brave drake

    Well I love my ducks but I've been known to say they were "quite useless". Mess in the winter, always trying to mate with the hens and on and on. Well this morning I let everyone out of the coop so I could watch them when I was having my morning coffee and the duck started making a huge...
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    young hen with an injured foot/toe

    I have a 2 month old pullet who got out of the run this afternoon and was chased for a couple of minutes by my exuberant dog. She is not putting weight on one foot and her outside toe appears to be sticking out at an a bit of an angle. She appears to be in pain and in some distress but not...
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    Feeding 6 week old chicks

    Well I didn't read the label (the large print is in French) at the feed store this morning and came home with 20% grower - I was trying to reduce the protein to around 16% for the hens to grow slowly until they start to lay. What would be best to mix with this feed to reduce the protein levels...
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    Turkey starter for Ducklings

    Well I've had a bit of a bad day at the feed stores, I just let the guy load the bags into the car and didn't translate the labels until I got home. The English is in very fine print. So I was at the local Co-op and they recommended turkey starter for the ducks, they've been on duck pellets...
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    Pros and cons to keeping a rooster

    Well I had my suspicions for a little while - one of my "hens" was a lot bigger than the others and had huge feet, her behaviour was a bit different than the others. I got them as chicks May 15th and this morning on my way to the coop I heard a pathetic but distinct crow! I rushed in and...
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    I'm not able to set posts for a run

    Hi all! I'm in need of a little Saturday morning assistance. My soil is too rocky to set posts in the ground for my run (well everything is possible but hiring a backhoe is beyond my budget ) Will laying landscape timbers down, backfilling with crushed stone and using brackets for upright...
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    Is this a good combination for a small, diverse flock?

    I'm getting my chick order for next spring ready. The earliest I can order is January 1 - it's as bad as waiting for the seed catalogs to arrive . I am thinking of these breeds - Black Australorp, partridge Chantecler, Ameraucana and Barnvelder for a combination of 12 in total. What do you...
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    I'm building a coop and have several dilemmas

    OK so it looks like Spring might arrive after all, the snow is only 1' above the picnic table now. Here is what I'm thinking. I have an old garden shed that has good framing, terrible siding and a leaking roof. Good news: it is 8'X8' so it has lots of room for 3 - 5 laying hens. It is...
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