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    Beak injury

    One of my cockerels, Cal, has injured his beak. It looks like he rammed it into something at a high rate of speed. Part of the outer covering of the beak is totally gone and the end is pushed in a little bit. He can still eat and it's not cracked or broken off, but I'm also concerned about his...
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    Breed characteristics...

    This is Dooley, He comes from a very large Cuckoo Marans roo and a Wyandotte hen (I think). My assumption about the Wyandotte hen is because of his comb, but I'm not 100% certain because we have other brown egg layers too and he was hatched out of a brown egg. Our other brown egg layers are...
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    Can chick have comb not true to breed?

    I have a Silver Spangled Hamburg chick that has a single comb. I know he's a product of my SSH roo and a SSH hen, so there's no question about breed, but they are hatchery stock. How often does this happen? His hatchmate, who at this point seems to be a pullet, has the rose comb. No comb...
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    Cockerel or pullets?

    Heckle and Speckle, these two were hatched 13 weeks ago tomorrow from a Cuckoo Marans roo and a Black Australorp hen. I'm thinking cockerels, both, but am not 100% certain. What say ye?
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    Advice please - Putting eggs in incubator at hatch time

    My broody killed her first chick (pecked it to death) and left another one to die from chill. I'm moving the remaining 5 eggs into a Little Giant 9200 styrofoam still air incubator that I borrowed from my SIL. She had no instruction manual with it and I don't know if it would have helped under...
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    Shepherd's Purse for prolapse?

    Back story - I have a SLW pullet who developed a prolapse due to, I believe, laying very large eggs too early. I didn't notice it soon enough and one of the Delawares pecked the tissue while it was hanging out and caused a sore. I isolated her and treated her with antibiotic ointment for the...
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    Egg eating question

    One of my 20 week old Delaware pullets started laying a few days ago. She's laid an egg in a nesting box every day for the last 3 of 4 days. Today (fourth day), I was standing in the run with them and she was just walking around and the egg fell out (I know this happens sometimes when they...
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    Integrating rooster into new flock - Question-

    Okay, so we rescued a Cuckoo Marans rooster back in June and decided to get some chicks to raise for him to have as flock mates when they got big enough, he's around 2 years old now (He had some health issues that needed to be addressed before integrating anyway). We have 27 pullets that are...
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    Pullets not roosting?

    So, we have 27 pullets that we got as day old chicks, they are now 15 weeks old. They grew up in the coop that they reside in. We took the warming lights out of their coop when they were 8 weeks old and only 8-10 of them will roost at night. The rest of them bunch up in the same corner on the...
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    What happened???

    I shipped a dozen eggs to someone and NONE of them were viable. she said that a couple of them tried for a few day and the gave up. The story behind this is that I saved eggs for 3 days to get a dozen and tried to ship them on the third day (Wednesday). I went to the post office and they...
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    Sad day for me and my chickies! :-(

    One of the dogs I've had for many years killed two of my chickens today with NO warning. She wasn't trained at all to protect them, and honestly I was worried when we first got chickens that she might be aggressive towards them because she will chase and kill any small animal she gets her jaws...
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    Elvira's adventure

    I finally caught my little sweeties running off to lay eggs in a new spot. Here's the pictorial evidence... Note the culprit off to the left She has an accomplice! Busted! Over 30 eggs in there! Lol!
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    How late do your chickens stay up?

    I have to ask this question because we have only had experience with our Silver Spangled Hamburgs until recently. They stay up LATE (for chickens)! I have to go put most of them to bed in the coop because they love to stay up outside in the run on roosts we put out there or walking around on...
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    Poultry Lice symptoms question...

    So, the year old Cuckoo Marans roo that we took from my MIL (because she was going to turn him out in the wilderness if we didn't), has lice (I think). He bent down to eat some food and I noticed that the whole area around his vent was beet red and featherless, so after dark we got him off the...
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    Rooster rescue question

    So, my mother in law has decided that she doesn't like her Cuckoo Marans rooster because he accidently hurt one of the three hens she has while mating, her wing got injured. He is pretty large, btw. He's about 2 1/2 feet tall and I'm not sure how much he weighs, at least ten pounds, but she...
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    Too funny!

    I just had to share this story as it had me laughing so hard (I'm weird, I know). I was outside with my chickens (where else would I be?) and one of the pullets flew up from behind me and sat on my shoulder, big shock because they don't normally like contact. She kept looking right at my face...
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    Extracted inch long cactus needle from pullets foot, what now?

    We were out this evening making sure that all of the chickens went into the coop and I noticed a pullet that had flown up onto the top of the gate. We went to get her down and put her in the coop and I thought that I would look at her feet while we had her in hand. She had a small, hard black...
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    Cockerel teaching pullets to nest?

    I was out with my flock today and I noticed that Hephaestus went into a dog kennel that we keep for an emergency chicken carrier (it had pine shavings in it) and was calling the pullets like he had found food in there. When I walked over to see what was going on he was in there methodically...
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    Rooster losing his equilibrium?

    Our 23 week old SS Hamburg cockerel has been crowing for a few weeks, maybe a month or 6 weeks now, and I have noticed several times that when he flaps his wings very hard before crowing he will stumble around a little and list to the side like he is drunk! He doesn't do it every time, but I've...
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    Rambo

    I just wanted to post a small tribute to my poor black Andalusian cockerel that got killed by a bobcat today. He was only 15 weeks old, but he was shaping up to be a beautiful protective roo for his flock. He was already the dominant one out of the three cockerels we have and I will miss him...
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