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  1. MichelleKing

    Yall helped save Alexa!!!!

    Here's the original post: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/symptomatic-hen-cant-account-for-illness.1344972/page-2#post-22098999 Alexa was on the edge of death. I thought for sure she would die. I immediately isolated her and put out the word that I needed help here on this forum. All...
  2. MichelleKing

    Symptomatic hen, can't account for illness

    I have a VERY sick bantam buff laced polish hen (frizzle). She is 1.5 years of age. On Friday it was warm and I let the chickens out to free range. She was fine and running around like the little spunk she is. Yesterday, Saturday, I found her crouched, wings down, head down, backside curved...
  3. MichelleKing

    Red tail hawks are toying with me and terrorizing my flock!

    Ask me anything - I am currently going through the process of applying for a permit from the US FWS for depredation. I have a swarm of red tail hawks that have moved from the farm down the street to the woods in my backyard. Its only a matter of time. I have a steel wire covered run and it is...
  4. MichelleKing

    Quail can't wallk help

    Found my favorite quail laying down on her side in her habitat. I picked her up to see if she was ok and her legs were stiff sticking out. I thought maybe she was going to die. I fed her nutridrench and B12 liquid mixed together, and then water. She drank a ton. I put her in a box on a bunch of...
  5. MichelleKing

    Chickens bringing "presents"?

    Has anyone ever had one of their chickens bring them a "present"? Similar to how a cat would? I really feel like no one will believe this, but it happened this morning and I dont know whether to be amazed or disturbed. So this morning around 530am I let all the chickens out of their enclosed...
  6. MichelleKing

    you cannot **JUST** get some chickens

    Disclosure: my chickens are my pets as well as my source of eggs so I am HIGHLY biased on how they **should** be treated. SO here's the thing. A close relative of mine wants chickens. I've been hatching chickens, raising chickens, caring for chickens, and even breeding quail this for a couple...
  7. MichelleKing

    My HEN is CROWING????

    So, this morning I hear LOUD crowing outside. I am confused because I have no roosters outside. I have one rooster, a micro serama, and he is INSIDE my house where I can see him. No, this was a loud crow and it was definitely outside. I went outside to find my head hen, Cinnamon, crowing...
  8. MichelleKing

    Discolored comb on Serama rooster

    This morning Rio’s comb looked discolored (slightly purple) at the back end, and felt slightly cold to the touch. Background -1 year old -Hatched him myself -Indoor pet, lives in a giant townhouse with his girlfriend (another Serama) -Never been exposed to another flock NOR any other birds NOR...
  9. MichelleKing

    Male quail dethroned by his hens

    I walked out to feed the quail their treats today and well, my rooster had gotten his a$$ kicked. Like HARD. The hens destroyed his head. Think - freddy krueger just with some feathers. Thats what this poor lad looks like. It looks like most of the damage is around his ear. I don't understand...
  10. MichelleKing

    Fenced in run no top

    Hi yall, how high do you think a fenced in run should be that has no top. I want to let the ladies into a new area of untouched grass but I do have coyotes. So I was thinking during the day, when I'm working outside, they could free range into this area, but I dont want to fully enclose it. I...
  11. MichelleKing

    Habitat Enrichment

    I’ve recently been doing more research on the native habitats of quail. Due to predators in my area (coyote fox and red tail hawk), I keep my quail inside habitats. Thought I’d share this cute pic of my ladies on their new “Pride Rock”. I got a lizard basking rock with a flat surface and a cave...
  12. MichelleKing

    Golden Italian - Brown Head vs Black Head

    I have two males I want to use for breeding and I have to choose between them. They both are very light golden italian quail, gorgeous birds, except for one glaring difference. One bird has completely light brown markings on the head, and the other bird has black. Does anyone know which...
  13. MichelleKing

    Some quail's feathers aren't returning

    A little while ago, my quail got mites. I treated with Scalex right away, retreated twice to get the hatching mites, took apart the habitats, put in new flooring, shop vac'ed the whole area, and sprayed the newly cleaned cages down before returning the treated birds to the habitat. Some of my...
  14. MichelleKing

    Male prepares nest?

    I have a gorgeous Serama pair who are my absolute babies. They live in a “Serama Townhouse” inside my own house. The hen just started laying her little eggs daily (almost) about a month ago. I noticed that when she starts pacing and cackling, the male goes to her nesting box and starts...
  15. MichelleKing

    MOLES ugh

    Does anyone have a problem with moles? I don't want to use anything that would poison the chickens, but I am worried about those supersonic underground deterrent machines. Does anyone know, do these also affect the chickens? Can they hear or feel these sonic blasts if they are underground...
  16. MichelleKing

    Oyster Shells!

    I was replying to a post and I realized I wanted to post about Oyster Shells. I LOVE THEM. Not for me, for my quail and chickens. I wanted to give a shout out to Garden Naturals - they now have me a regular customer and I've contacted the seller. They now crush them up to the appropriate size...
  17. MichelleKing

    Crow collar best solution?

    I have a micro Serama roo, absolutely obsessed with him. He works well in our house save for one thing- he crows quite a bit as roosters generally do. I’m nervous when it’s summer our neighbors will complain. I don’t personally mind it and he doesn’t crow at night ... yet. My farmer friend...
  18. MichelleKing

    wth is wrong with my quail?

    My quail are about a year and a half old. I know they're on the downward of their lifespan but, they went through what looked like a molt, and then their feathers never came back! Oh, and ALL ten of them have this and have stopped laying eggs totally. This is horrible for me as they are my...
  19. MichelleKing

    Gray Texas A&M Quail

    Hi, I've been told my gray texas A&M quail has a special gene mutation that makes her gray. She's gorgeous. My question is, does anyone know exactly how rare that is and also, should I try to find a white male to breed her with? I do have one of her babies but I bred her to my only light roo...
  20. MichelleKing

    Lone Serama hen

    Does anyone know if seramas can be happy without a flock to be in? Do they need companions?
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