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  1. ChookHappy

    Baby quail brooder near baby chicken brooder

    Good evening everyone. I was curious if it would be ok to have fresh out of the bator chickens in a brooder very close if not right up against the brooder for month old bobwhite quail? The quail did not start on medicated starter, all seem to be doin great. The chickens will be started on...
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    Day 21 and nothing at all?(update Day 23 still nothing)

    Hey all. So as of yesterday at 5pm it has been a full 21 days of development. As of so far not once have I heard a pip, seen a roll of an egg or anything else that would lead me to believe there would be life soon from an egg. Is this normal? I have been trying to be good and sit on my hands and...
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    Vaccinating question

    Hey all, so we plan to vaccinate for Marek's soon and had something cross my mind. I was wondering what the protocol is for vaccinating incubator chicks. If the first ones hatch on one day and the rest follow on another, when do you vaccinate? Is it fine to just vaccinate after they have all...
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    Ol' Hawiian trick to sexing 3 week olds

    Hey all and good evening! I heard the strangest thing tonight at work. One of my regulars is from Hawaii and used to host cock fights when she lived out there. I guess it's a big thing out there. Not so much here that I'm aware of and I personally wouldn't condone it but I digress. Anywho, I...
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    Our new chicks are hiding in the closet!

    Hey everyone! We got a bunch of chicks the other day and thought we would be good to go in a big rubbermate tote but we ended up getting a dozen (way more than I thought we would be getting lol) so that was way too small. Looking around thinking to myself what to use... I was on pace to use the...
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    Who could have possibly laid this egg?!

    Hey all, strange things goin on round here today. I suppose I'll start at last night. Past two days we have had 3 eggs per day. Last night I found a soft shell egg in the coop underneath the roost. I grabbed it and cleaned up the mess in there before locking down for the night. I get up this...
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    Free coop in Napa County, Ca

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/zip/1547836775.html I went to check it out and it's kind huge and encumbersome. The design is cool though and I am going to make one like it with a few minor changes of course. You would need a tow truck with a flatbed and a winch to get it out of there. I wanted...
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    What's the weight of your first egg?

    So we have been weighing all of our little pullet eggs and recording the weights on a Notepad page while working on filling up our first egg carton. Eventually I will make a graph and/or spreadsheet with all the info but I have noticed something. We have 3 out of 8 that have given us eggs so far...
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    Trust this incubator?

    So I was looking in Craigslist this morning and came across what I believe to be this http://cgi.ebay.com/110v-mini-Incubator-for-Hatching-Eggs-chicken-quail_W0QQitemZ290389564454QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item439c911c26 incubator for $22 w/ some eggs. Am I throwing my money away...
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    So one of our erm... EE's delivered an egg..(updated! 2nd EE egg pic!)

    that beautiful egg was wonderful green color! I was begining to become concered that was going to be a brown layer but to my relief it wasn't. I honestly believed with my luck that it would have been the same color that my Buff has began to lay. We were over at our neighbors house showing them...
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    Growing grass from seed/fertilizer question

    Hey folks, I'm planning on seeding my backyard soon and will be pretty much starting from scratch. We are renting and from the looks of the backyard initially it seems the last few tenants never utilized the space but we have clearly changed that with our girls. I plan to section off a decent...
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    Second Egg?

    So our Buff layed her first egg yesterday around 10 am. w00t! I was thinkin to myself, 'now I can have eggs for breakfast fairly soon!' Yesterday she spent the better half of the morning in the box until she layed it. So here it is round 2 pm the next day and she has not even looked at her...
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    Chunky yolks?

    Hey everyone, sure hope this is the right place to post this. I have been buying our eggs from a house down the road until ours start laying and recently a bunch of them have been more or less chunky in texture. They are not runny at all when I go to beat them up. I have not eaten any since...
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    Where would I go for a used inubator?

    Hey everyone how are things? So I am in the early stages of research of incubation and extending my sickness to hopefully effect many others nearby and was wondering exactly what the title suggests. Where do most of you go? I do live in once was a huge poultry capitol so I was thinking maybe...
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    Roost design help please! (Update) Roost done!

    Hey good evening everyone! I'm getting real close to getting my coop done and I have not decided on a roost design yet. Here is what I'm working with: It's 4x8x4 and the nests stick out a foot into the coop. So I only really have 3 feet wide for roost space. I have 8 standard size pullets and...
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    Vent height

    Hey all, I'm about finished with my coop and was going to add a couple small rectangular gable vent things to the backside of the coop which gets the brunt of the wind. Should I put them down kinda low or should I put them up at the top? If the vents were high they would be kinda close to the...
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    16 week old hens...

    Hey everyone, our 8 hens of various breeds are now 16 weeks old and we have ran out of their medicated chick crumbles. We will be going to the feed store tomorrow and I'm looking for suggestions. We had a 50 lb. bag of one brand and was at this point going to get a 10 lb. bag of the med crumbles...
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    Hey everybody, new to BYC!

    Hello from Sonoma County, Ca! The fam an I finally got our 8 little pullets! We have wanted them for a few years and now after such a long time we are now in a place were it is feasable. To top that there was a shell of an old chicken coop in the place we found that we were able to fix up! We...
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