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  1. chickster88

    Hamilton Ontario: my hens have to go, now what?

    I got a visit from animal control yesterday, as someone (the office wouldn't say who but I know it was my manic-depressive, semi-employed neighbour who has been hassling me about everything, including my trees "stealing" her sunlight), and I've been ordered to get rid of my 3 backyard hens. I...
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    Will this evening be harmful to my hens? URGENT

    Okay, this may sound crazy, but bear with me. My three hens are in trouble: I live in the city and my evil neighbours called Animal Control on me (we have a history of enmity not even related to the chickens, it's a long story...). I have one month to relocate them, or find a way to squeak past...
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    Hen ate a baby mouse. Is that okay?

    Okay, definitive proof that chickens do NOT attract mice... My cat was just playing with a baby mouse she grabbed from my neighbour's garage, when, before I could intervene to let it go somewhere else (yes, we're softies when it comes to cute furry critters), the chickens saw and went nuts...
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    Why are my hens eating my perennials, not lettuce?

    Hi, A first-timer here! I have 3 hens who just started laying their first eggs this week. Yay! On an unrelated note. My hens are DESTROYING my perennials, especially my rudebeckia and purple coneflower, which have similar thick, slightly hairy leaves. They eat them as much as they can, and I...
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    Do hens need a "special" dustbath?

    Here's a question from a newbie: My 3 hens are about 4 months old and have mostly white feathers (they are RIR's crossed with Columbian Rocks), that seem to be getting a bit cream-coloured (touch of yellow). I think this might be oil or grease. Although they seem very clean and don't smell...
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    Can you keep chicks in Hamilton Ontario? Do you?

    Anyone from Hamilton Ontario out there? I live downtown and have 3 backyard hens. I did some cursory research on whether there is a bylaw restricting it or not, but couldn't find anything, and rather than phone the municipality and get on anyone's radar, I decided to just lay low w/ my peeps...
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    Is fresh gardening soil from store okay for run?

    Hi guys: A question about runs from a newbie: I built up the run for my new trio of chicks-almost-chickens with bags of composted sheep manure and additional bags of triple mix on top b/c I thought I was going to plant the run with grass and native wildflowers. The chicks grew faster than...
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    Can soil act as grit?

    I am a first-timer and have 3 chicks that now look more like chickens than chicks. They are all feathered and are chicken shaped, though small. I've lost track of time, but I think they are 7 or 8 weeks old! We just put them out of the house, and into a backyard coop with run. I planted grass...
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    Buying chicks near Hamilton ONT

    I'm a first-timer and currently have three little week-old RI red/Columbian rock crosses that we bought at Hamilton Country Depot, which source their chicks from Frey's Hatchery. (We just bought whatever chicks were coming in--not finicky about breeds-- since we were new to this and eager to...
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    Great crust-butt solution!

    Hey y'all: I'm a new member and first-time chick raiser. (My tiny flock-to-be consists of three 3-day-old chicks. We live in the city and I can't go bigger than that. Am building a tiny coop in my garage with an outdoor run in my backyard). Your posts have been so helpful in getting us...
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