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    What do you use to start seeds?

    Just curious what everyone else uses to start their seeds. Is it the little seed starting kits, saving containers from previous years, red solo cups :p;), etc? We are going to use one of the little seed starting kits, since we didn't save any containers. But now I'm starting to wonder if maybe...
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    Dry(er) Lockdown?

    So I'm getting a couple shipped eggs Friday and I just wanted to see what peoples opinions are on this. Usually I religiously watched the humidity and kept it around 40-45 with poor results, then I went down to 30-35 and started to get slightly better results with 60-70 humidity. But still the...
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    Too late to start seeds?

    Hello, somewhat newer gardener here. So we've had a garden for two years now but have always just purchased our plants. Which has varying results each time, which is understandable. This year, if we still can, we were thinking of starting some heritage varieties of what we can; and then saving...
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    Farmyard and Yard Layout Change

    Hello everyone! We've been making some plans on changing up our layout and just curious if we could get some fresh ideas. Up until this spring we kept a large herd of boer goats and our farmyard was setup to reflect that. Now that they are gone, we'd like to take the opportunity to change up...
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    Broody Hens

    So I have a bit of a mess lol. All three of my nest boxes are occupied with some very determined ladies; 4 chickens and 1 turkey to be exact. Yes that's right. Two hens are in one nest box and the turkey sits on top of one of the hens. (my other hens also squeeze in there to lay eggs during the...
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    Sand in Coop.....with Arctic Conditions?

    So I've been seeing this sand in the coop idea floating around for awhile and was just curious what others experiences have been with having sand in the coop during winter. I'm referencing ND, MN, MT, and Canada winters here; where it can be -20 for a week or more. :barnie Anyone have...
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    My Mama Turkey and Her Ducklings

    So a couple months ago, my turkey decided that she wanted to be broody and decided to give it a try in my chickens nest boxes. She tried accepting any eggs that they would sneak her (which I removed, much to her dismay). I tried keeping her occupied with golf balls, but she seemed to figure out...
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    6+ Ancona Duck Eggs

    6+ Fertile Ancona Duck Eggs My 4 hens are covered by two drakes; making the fertility amazing. Pictured below is my breeding flock and the parents of your future ducklings. Ancona are a heritage breed and are currently listed as "Watch" with The Livestock Conservatory. The Ancona...
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    What genetics can we assume are involved?

    So last year I ordered some eBay eggs, they were labeled as blue laced buff brahma I believe. Either way, they don't look anything like the ones they had pictured, but honestly I like these better! Any ideas on what I could cross them with to try and keep the color? Or what was crossed to...
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    Nest boxes?

    So I have one turkey and I've noticed that she started to lay eggs in my nest boxes. I am just about to start remodeling the henhouse and was wondering if I should make larger nest boxes to accommodate turkeys. So my question is is it normal for turkeys to use nest boxes or should I just keep...
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    Goose Pack Attack

    So quick medical question. My single turkey that I keep with my mixed flock (3 geese, 6 ducks, and 10 chickens), was the victim of a vicious goose attack. The geese ripped the feathers out on what would be considered her shoulders I suppose, a little bit on her head, causing a lot of blood and...
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    Weasel

    So last night quite the event unfolded. But quick background first: about a month ago something got in and killed 2 geese and roughly 10 young chickens. I had thought it was a skunk, because I could always smell it. Every night after that, there were scratch marks and holes dug all over both hen...
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    Golden Pheasants and Coops

    I have two little golden pheasants (more in the incubator), about 3 weeks old in my covered brooder and I need to getting the housing plan finalized. My original plan was to just make a nice covered run onto my empty 4 x 8 walk in coop but got to thinking that well, maybe having something...
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    Turkey Question

    So I have one lone Red Bourbon turkey. I had purchased two but one unfortunately didn't make it shortly after coming home, they supposedly had a rough ride (came from TSC type store). Any who, they are my very first turkeys. I've had almost every other type of fowl but was always told how ugly...
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    Lost my second gosling, leaving me with one

    I had ordered three buff goslings roughly three weeks ago, one unfortunately died the day after arriving, which can happen...It almost looks like she got stuck on her back. Now last night, almost two weeks later I lost another one from a completely unknown cause but I think I may have found a...
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    First Attempt at Peafowl

    Hello everyone! I've finally made a step towards peafowl and purchased some eggs, 3....! (Along with some yellow golden pheasant eggs, 10) This will be my first time hatching both species....I have high hopes but the odds are stacked against me, the eggs are shipped and from ebay so we'll see...
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    Getting your eggs to the customer

    So I was curious on what others do, that sell eggs to customers that aren't friends and family. So far that's all I've really done is just when I swing into town, drop some off at f & f, or take some to work with me. But I'm getting to the point where i'd like to add in some outside customers...
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    After three years, it finally happened.

    Had my first chicken attack yesterday... I lost 4 but gained one back last evening. Not sure what got them, it almost seemed like it happened during the day. Just big piles of feathers in a couple locations. The really weird thing is that they were wall the same breed and color, no other breeds...
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    Should I assist?

    This little call duck has been like this for about 6 hrs now, it just has his little wing sticking out....
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    Multiple lockdown days and overloaded incubators

    So I have a bit of a problem....I had found a horde of call duck eggs my two duck hens have been amassing but not sitting on, and naturally decided to put them all in the incubator to see what would happen, expecting at least half to not develop. WRONG. Out of the 18 eggs I put in there, only 4...
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