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    In-line hanging scale for feeder

    Hi, Not sure if it's a common problem, but I was having trouble keeping track of the feed level in the feeder. The one I have is covered, so it's hard to tell how much is left without going inside the run and lifting the lid. It was harder than I thought it would be to find an affordable...
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    Question about additional feeders when incorporating new chicks

    I think you can see my setup from my articles linked in my profile. I got three new chicks at 5 weeks, and kept them in a separate coop/enclosure for 4 weeks, about 10 feet away from the main structure, but within eyesight. I'm having trouble getting my old chicken (almost 6 years old) to...
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    Is it normal for a "retired" hen to make a daily visit to the nest box?

    I'm down to 2 hens in my main coop. Since the last molt, I've been getting about 4 eggs per week, and never two in one day. The barred rock is almost 6 years old, and the red sex link is 2.5. My guess is that the eggs are coming from the red sex link, but can't be sure because both of them make...
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    Which is easier to sex @ 5weeks - barred rock or silver laced wyandotte?

    I will be picking up 3 new chicks that will be at least 5 weeks old. Was planning on getting 3 barred rocks, and want to minimize getting a roo. If I remember correctly, I should look for wider stripes and darker overall coloring for a pullet. Is that correct? Am also considering getting a...
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    Broody Barred Rock

    I guess the description of seldom goes broody isn't the same as never will go broody. Oh well. At first I was worried that Buddy was sick. She normally spends more time in the nest box than my other two barred rocks, but starting Sunday she wouldn't come out. I was really worried because it was...
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    Iphone App to track # eggs and other flock details

    Not sure if I'm posting this in the correct forum. Now that my girls have started laying, I wanted something simple on my phone to keep track of how many eggs I get per day. I did a quick search on the forums, but didn't see any ideas from anyone else. I wanted something that I could quickly...
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    Halloween costume

    Hope this is the right place to put this. My son wanted to be a chicken, and had to be a barred rock, since that's the kind we have.......
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    Do I need to keep food inside of the coop?

    My 3 barred rocks are now 8 weeks old, and have been living full time in their coop & run for 2 weeks now. Even though the run is predator proof, I've been locking the girls inside their coop at night. (Don't worry, they had a heater for the first week or so). I have a min-max thermometer, so I...
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    When do they figure out to go into the coop at night?

    I have 3 six week old barred rocks. At 4 weeks, we started putting them into the coop/run during the day. They've been up the ramp plenty of times and know how to get into the coop. Last night we decided it was time to let them stay out there full time. I put a heat lamp, and turned it on at...
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    Mounting Stand for soda bottle waterer.

    I attached a poultry nipple to a soda bottle for the chicks I'm getting next week. I wanted a mounting stand that I could adjust the height as the chicks grew. I tried to attach the bottle with a bungy cord I had on hand, but it was too tight and was deforming the bottle. A trip to the...
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    Help ID chick from McMurray rainbow layer assortment

    I visited someone who is selling 11 day old chicks from the rainbow layer assortment. I went with the plan of getting 3 barred rocks, which are easy to ID. My kids fell in love with this super friendly cutie. Any ideas of what she could be? Long story that we won't be picking up our birds for...
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    Can't edit my Coop design article

    I'm trying to do updates to my coop design page. I hit the edit button and I get: There seems to be a problem! Permission denied! Please login as administrator. As an option, you can certainly go back and try something else. Still not helpful? Try one of the following article categories...
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