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  1. NanaKat

    Any success moving a duck hen and her nest of eggs

    Here's Maggie's story..... Maggie is one of 28 ducks in my flock and she is the oldest hen. I usually keep the ducks locked in their pen until mid-morning until the bulk of the eggs are laid....better than a daily egg hunt around the farm. Maggie likes the front yard and she, her mate and...
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    Cautions and Advice: Hatching eggs in winter temperatures

    Several new chicken folks are talking about hatching eggs they collect in fridgid winter temperatures. This is not the best time of year to be hatching eggs either collected or shipped. I'm thinking their hatch rates will be discouraging so I'm starting this thread with some information...
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    Research: Can a rooster be de-spurred...removing the spur so it doesn't grow back?

    Just throwing this out there....had the thought and need to search for information to see if it could be viable. Thinking outside the box. Wondering if a wood burning tool would work? Chickens may not handle the stress of a procedure, but would it be any more stressful than caponizing? We...
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    Can male pigeons be caged together?

    My grandson texted me a question...can male pigeons be caged together while a female mate is caged nearby to rest?
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    Swollen oil/preen gland...bleeding

    One of my Bantam cocks has a swollen oil/preening gland. it is about the size of sparrow egg and when the crust came off in bathing the area, he is bleeding profusely from the skin about the gland. Other than the swelling, he is healthy and active...but his tail is hanging low because the...
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    chicks pipping at the narrow end....hatching upside down...

    For some odd reason I am getting a high percentage of chicks pipping at the narrow end of the egg and I'm looking for a cause. And the number of chicks that take a day longer to hatch and walk on their hocks has increased over the hatching season. These are of course culled. Breeds are...
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    Mushroom hunters...a Question on ID this!

    While hunting morels this morning we found these reddish brown mushrooms growing in the ground near the base of a dead tree in a wooded area.. We live in central Oklahoma and had a recent rain with temps in the 60 - 75 range this week so mushrooms are beginning to pop up. We have never seen...
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    Comparing incubators to purchase - have questions

    I'm comparing the two models and would like some input before I make my purchase. Any comments would be appreciated. If you prefer to PM me, that is fine too. Hovabator 2362N forcesd air with auto egg turner 1611 holds 41 hen eggs found one for $110 with shipping What material is the...
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    unread post icon problem

    I have not been able to get the little phrase "unread posts" icon to take me back to the place I ended reading. This worked before on both my Ipad and my pc. Now I have to estimate the page where I left off based on the number of unread posts listed. Is this a glitch in the system or with...
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    Belgian Malines (Mechels)

    I'm looking for breeders of the Belgian Malines...Malinois Kalkoenkop. I would like to purchase eggs or chicks to start a breeding program. The breed was recognized in1898 developed in Mechelen area of Belgiam.. They have been bred in the US once they were imported from the UK or...
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    Feed questions for young geese: how much and when to use adult food

    At what age do you switch from "baby" food to adult mix? I am feeding Ranch Pro 28 % protein game chick feed (which includes mallard ducks as the waterfowl on the label). The "adult version drops to 18% protein. At what age do you begin the switch? How much of the crumble food should a 3.5...
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    Need advice/suggestions for wing tip and Pictures of both Charlotte and Ninya

    Charlotte and Ninya have been improving and filling in their feathers. This feather growth is making a more noticable deformity with Charlotte's wing. The tip turns out from her body and as those feathers grow this will be more of an issue. Is there anything I can do to make the wing tip lay...
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    Grass for geese questions

    What types of grass are best for young geese? How much grass should they be eatting at 10 weeks of age? When (at what age) do you allow the geese to begin free-ranging? For winter grass/feed, what should be grown/provided? What about winter greens...will geese eat turnip or collards...
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    ?? Tiamulin hydrogen fumarate for pneumonia ???

    Is anyone familiar with using Tiamulin for treating pneumonia or dysentery in chickens? I know it is used for swine but have heard it can be used for chickens. Directions on the Denegard bottle say to make a stock solution from the concentrate and then use the reduced stock solution mixed in...
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    Lethargic chick down for the count...updated

    Need advice on a 1 month old BRLW chick. 5 pm It is lethargic...was active this morning and at noon. Have it in the house now under a light. Because the crop didn't feel normal, used a syringe to give water (2 cc) and gave a mash mix of honey, yogurt and med chick feed with water to...
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    Difference in Sultans and Silkies

    I have two white chicks with 5 toes, feathered legs that are white skinned. I think they may be Sultans based on the skin color on their legs. I understand the Silkies have dark skinned legs. Posting pictures at a few days of age will not help identify sex...but would it help determine the...
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    Need help identifying chicks, Please. Pics.

    This is the whole bunch...they are standard breeds and some are heavies. Can you help identify the breeds? The solid black ones have black legs...probably Australorp 1) This little one has 5 toes and is a featherfoot. 2) This baby is Chocolate/mahogany colored from Straight run bin. It has...
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    Help with identification (Pics) photo in post 6?

    Purchased 15 chicks from Atwoods and they are now 3 weeks old. 1 ) Part of the new flock . One is a buff colored polish - what is this color called? And could these be roo top feathers? There are some australorps in the flock also 2 ) This big bird is twice the size of the standards...
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    Sexing Polish Crested

    Any pointers on distinguishing a roo from a pullet as Polish Crested chicks grow? I have three chicks already showing lovely crests at only three weeks of age. All are very healthy and robust....no one showes a comb yet. The blonde has a tail feather that is already two inches long and it...
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    Questions on Crested Polish

    Recently purchased 16 chicks at Atwoods in Shawnee. supplier may have been Murray McMurray. Three have crests and look like they will be either golden lace or buff colored. At two weeks old, the crests are becoming more feathered. Questions: Are Crested Polish standard or bantom? They are a...
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