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  1. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Love is in the air...

    Not sure if I get to call my juvenile guinea group the “juveniles” anymore! Just saw the most dominant younger group cock mating the very most submissive, fringe hen in the group. I haven’t seen any pairing activity going on but have seen some hen invitations to mate that were unsuccessful...
  2. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Bizarre olive egger genetics?

    Hi All, we wanted to breed F1 olive eggers from a crested cream legbar hen last summer. First, we bred her to a red EE, pea combed F2 rooster and got two single combed, crested pullets. Two months later, we bred the same CCL hen to BCM rooster and got a black pullet with a single comb and a...
  3. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Mating in January?

    I’ve posted on my flock several times - I had a flock of seven hens and one cock, who mates all hens but had a favorite, core group of four hens. We added juveniles in a new guinea coop in the fal - 10 in total split between 5 boys and 5 girls. The juvenile group is now 4-5 months old. I need to...
  4. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Guineas on ice

    I’m having a very sad day, because my favorite kitty is sick and scheduled to be euthanized later today. I sipped coffee and looked at the window, morosely staring off into space... and the surprising antics of our guineas on ice actually made me laugh, despite how sad I’ve been. These are the...
  5. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Crud inside duck egg

    Hi All, we have five female ducks: 4 Welsh Harlequin type layers, one Mallard. They are 1.5 yr old and there is no roo or drake. All laid really well last winter then all stopped in summer when one went broody, then they all molted. Two started back laying two months ago. One of those two (not...
  6. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Sad loss of Casper; warning graphic pic!

    I’m so sad to say that we lost Casper today. We already had 8 adult guineas, but only one boy. So we decided to add guinea keets and a new coop. We put 13 keets in the new coop - 2 keets, including the only coral blue from 50+ keets, were killed by a snake in their new coop. We had 11 keets (now...
  7. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Integrating two guinea flocks

    We have one group of 1.5 yr old guineas, 7 female and 1 male. The cock has a harem of four hens; the other three hens hang on at the fringes of the group. I’d like a flock of about 20 with more males. I was unable to persuade guineas to hatch and brood their own eggs last summer, so we hatched...
  8. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Plans for integration and changing coops

    Hi All, hoping to run plans by other guinea owners to get feasibility opinions. We’ve had 8 adults, 7 female, for one year. They free range and are trained to return to the 6x8 coop at night. We wanted to add to the flock and the coop seemed too small for that, so I’ve made a new 8 x 16 ft coop...
  9. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Snake proofing

    Ugh, a large black rat snake got into the coop night before last and killed two keets. I’m not sure how it got in, but I saw weakness in waviness of the apron and possible door gaps. I put in 150 additional landscape staples and now the apron is lying pretty flat. I don’t know if the door gaps...
  10. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Abandoned keet

    After several tries, two broody guineas finally hatched eggs in their coop nest. There were two viable eggs, but one was dead in the shell. They did ok at first, protecting the keet from me, showing it food, and staying in a run apart from the rest of the flock. Keet was 5 days old yesterday...
  11. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Should molting ducks swim?

    Hello, we have five ducks, all female. Four are Welsh Harlequin type layers and one domestic mallard. They had laid phenomenally well since last fall, but about six weeks ago, two went broody and all laying tapered off... About two weeks ago, I started finding feathers and they molted some of...
  12. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Bacitracin in keet feed?

    I was quite happy with the game starter that I was purchasing from my local feed mill (pic attached), but now that I have a gazillion keets, they are out of stock for ten days!!!! They do carry their own brand of quail starter (28% protein) that is similar, but “medicated” with bacitracin...
  13. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Guinea keet colors

    I just hatched six keets from my flock! I started with 12 eggs, 4 were clear and two quitters, but all six that went into lockdown have now hatched. Pretty good fertility for our one guinea cock who has seven guinea hens! Cock is lavender, hens are: lavender, pearl, purple, pearl pied, and...
  14. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Questions about large communal nest

    Hi All, I previously posted questions pic about my communal clutch of guinea eggs in their coop. There are currently five hens incubating that nest (gratuitous guinea cam pic attached!). I started counting from the first night that a hen stayed on the nest at night instead of roosting. Since...
  15. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Young cockerel recipes

    Hello, we bred backyard mixes that are primarily of layer background and now have five, 7 week old cockerels that we plan to process. They still seem so little to me. I read the cream legbar thread below with interest, and thought that the poussin idea sounded interesting. The only recipes that...
  16. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Communal guinea nest hatch date

    I’ve posted about my guinea flock a few times, starting last fall when our 3 month old guineas started attacking the ducks and chickens that they were brooded with... I ended up rehoming half of the flock, and was left with only one male, Ghost. He has four girls that are dominant and his...
  17. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Broody hens at lockdown

    Hi, looking for input from people who use broody hens. We have two different broody hens, set up in different pens, with day 18 eggs under them. With our previous broody hatch, we had to pull her out once a day to eat and drink as she wasn’t taking care of herself, but we left her alone starting...
  18. Mixed flock enthusiast

    CCL x barring and gender (cross posted)

    Cross posted on the Cream Legbar hybrid thread... Hello, we had a reddish EE rooster in with a pure CCL hen and got one chipmunk chick with no head spot and one gold chick; I thought that they were both pullets. They are now 4.5 weeks old and I see that the chipmunk chick is getting in feathers...
  19. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Getting Mom and chicks into coop

    Hi All, I have a mama hen and 12, 4 week old chicks that are in a separate brooding box within the run. The door to the box has been open for two weeks and the mama and chicks have been freely mingling with the flock. Some hens are still acting territorial when the group approaches the coop, but...
  20. Mixed flock enthusiast

    Did my dumb move ruin an egg?

    Hi All, we are incubating a mix of 12 shipped eggs and 7 eggs from our own hen. I was so eager to get and incubate the last egg laid by our hen, 12 hours after the rest started incubating, that I didn’t let it cool first: it was laid in the nest box then put into incubator about 30 min later...
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