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    Time for change

    So I have an announcement to make. My family has been struggling to afford our house for a long time, and after months of searching we finally found a house in the suburbs. Technically a few hens are allowed there, but with how it will be set up, I'll have to get rid of all my chickens in the...
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    Umm, I found a chicken head

    Okay, so this is going to sound weird. A couple days ago I found a chicken head in our dog room (the sun room really, but our dogs spend time out there when we aren't home). Assuming the dogs had decided to go after the chickens, I went out, knowing I would find a dead chicken. Nope. All my...
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    Unique colors and genes

    So I tried searching for a thread about unique or extra pretty colors and genes in chickens, but I couldn't find one, sorry if I missed it. I just am amazed by all the unique colors my flock alone has created! I can't wait to see other people's pictures as well. It can be any color you think is...
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    Free hens and roosters, OHIO

    Some of my younger chicks are now old enough to be rehomed. I have about 15 roosters and 15 hens that need homes. The hens are all under 5 months and to my knowledge none have begun laying yet. They are fully feathered. Some of the roosters are over a year, most are only a few months though...
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    Baby chick heart break : (

    A couple days ago I moved one of my older hens (a female who has raised multiple clutches successfully, though sometimes for no reason attacks her chicks) to a crate with her chick, Reliance. She didn't like that and killed her baby, scalping it. It was horrible. So when the next babies hatched...
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    Free Chicks in OHIO, fairly urgent

    This year I started out with around 45 chickens and now have 140!!! Way too many. They are eating all my food, pooping everywhere, and stressed with one another, arguing a lot and stuff. I keep trying to rehome them but whenever anyone asks about them they stop contacting me when I respond. ...
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    Disabled Chick suggestions?

    Parody is a bantam mix-breed chick that hatched around June 1. He was sideways in the egg so I assisted him partially and found that he was stuck in an odd position. Whether he was that way due to his deformity or it caused his deformity I'm not sure. I put him out with his mother, noticing the...
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    Free roosters in OHIO

    Once again, in the process of getting more hens I've inevitably produced more roos as well. As much as I like them, and as handsome as they are, they are beginning to stress one another and fight, as well as over-breed the poor hens. It isn't safe for them anymore and I need to find them a new...
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    Possible Lead Poisoning

    For years now I've been having trouble with paralysis and neurological symptoms in my flock, but it isn't following the same symptoms as Marek's because it only happened in young, white or black and white bantams. However, now the adult bantams are getting the disease and even one that was all...
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    My hen apparently went blind

    For the last week or two one of my bantam mix hens, Dodie, has been acting strangely. I thought she was just sick, like another of my hens, Maroon. Maroon got better after a couple weeks, so I thought Dodie would as well if I just watched out for her. However, she continued to loose weight and...
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    Silkie mix with broken leg

    Tonight one of my silkie mixes, a hen named Sapphire, was getting up into her perch when she landed on an old fence and managed to get her leg pinched in a tight spot. I found her hanging by her leg and managed to get her free, but she is acting like (and it feels like) she has a broken leg. I...
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    Free bantams in OHIO

    I've got a large flock of bantams and I plan to drop significantly the number I have before winter. However, I don't just want to eat all these nice birds, most of which are healthy, handsome, and young. I also have a few standard roosters in need of new homes. Some of my bantams have health...
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    Free young chickens in OHIO

    This year a large number of our hens went broody and hatched out multiple chicks. Healthy, handsome, and growing fast, the only reason they need new homes is that we can only have around 40 come winter and we currently have around 80. We do not ship because of issues with the cost and...
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    Two chicks with bad wounds

    I have ten mother hens right now and multiple chicks of all different breeds and ages. They all seemed to be doing well, however, until today, when one of the hens (or possibly a predator, but I've seen these injuries caused by hens before) ripped the skin (and muscle) off the backs of two...
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    Chicks for free in OHIO

    We have a large variety of different breeds and mixes in our brooder that are extras form our June hatch. We ordered some from Cackle Hatchery and also hatched some of our own in the incubator, selecting a few to put under broody hens. The extras need a good home as soon as possible, as they...
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    Genetics equal health

    I have been studying for some time now the effects of domestication upon animals in captivity and how genetics can be related to health and behaviors as well as appearance. I thought it might be interesting to talk about some of the ways genetics can effect animals health and lifespan. This is...
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    WANTED paint silkie chicks OH

    I am looking for paint silkie chicks that will be available by the end of this month. I have a large number of broody hens but for various reasons I'm afraid most of their eggs won't hatch. I want to let them adopt some chicks and since I was hoping to buy some Paint silkies, having a few...
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    Chickens for free in OHIO

    Chickens have this bad habit of hatching more roosters then hens. I've been working on a breeding project for over a year now and have a few too many roosters from it. Some of them are just so handsome that I wanted to give them a chance to find another home. I like all my roosters, but it...
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    The Animals of our local Shelter

    I've recently started working at our local Humane Society and it has already been, after only a few months, one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I've always loved dogs (and all other animals) but getting a chance to help them (and of course the busy staff) is such a great feeling. So...
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    Bantams available for free in OHIO

    Because of space and financial reasons, we have had to cut back on the number of chickens we have from 60 to 40 or so. We have found some wonderful homes for many of our chickens but still have a few available. Acorn and Diamond are a rooster and hen pair of pure-bred bantams. Acorn is a Silver...
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