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    Treat mites without killing my honeybees?

    Doh! When we placed our hives, we didn't ever consider that we'd have to treat for mites! I need to treat my 6 hens for mites, but my beehives are only about 20 feet away from the chicken-run. Any suggestions for me? I've been studying up on Sevin 5% dust, Sevin spray (XLR Plus)...
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    What's the best variety of Sorghum for Molasses?

    Okay - old timers, or folks living in Sorghum country, What's the best variety of Sorghum to grow to make Sorghum molasses? I grew a 12 square foot patch of "Amish Rainbow Blend", but the stalks turned out pretty small. I imagine this variety is meant for decoration. Once I ran a couple of...
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    Delicate question about Pecky-Sioux's exam

    Hi there, Pecky-Sioux is sporting some serious junk-in-the-trunk. She's been sporadically lethargic over the past few months. She's been visiting the nest, but usually leaving it empty. According to the Chicken Health Handbook, she's either egg-bound or internally laying. And after perusing...
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    City of Oakland Hearing on Livestock 6/21 at 6:30 PM

    The City of Oakland is sorting out its livestock rules, and they are holding a public hearing. Come out and support your fellow urban farmers! The urban farmers could really use your support, as there are activists pressuring the city to ban all livestock raising in Oakland. The meeting...
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    If a soft-hearted gal like me can do it.....almost anyone can.

    Warning: semi-grapic pictures down below..... We are newbies, who just processed our first Cornish X on Memorial Day. We didn't take pictures of the whole process, because frankly, we were a little overwhelmed, but here is some of it. It was a learning and growing experience for sure. It's...
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    Anyone missing a pheasant in Pleasant Hill, CA?

    http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/laf/2435387623.html Anyone lose a pheasant in Pleasant Hill, California? It was found yesterday, approx. north of Oak Park Blvd. & west of Pleasant Hill Rd. A nice person stopped to ask me if it was mine. I didn't actually see the pheasant, because it was in a...
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    Rant: DBF posted meatie pic on FB, now there are haters

    I'm barely on Facebook, because I'm shy.... DBF, however, is not shy. He posted a picture of me plucking one of our first meat birds (because he's so proud and excited about our first meaties), and a family member was disturbed by it. This is no surprise. EDIT: Picture added to post #37 It...
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    Running out of Starter, can I finish 'em on layer feed?

    Hi All, My Cornish X Fatties are 7 weeks old today, and I'm about out of organic chick starter/grower. I don't want to order another 50 lbs. when D-Day is next Monday, so I mixed in some layer feed & scratch to make it last a couple more days. My feed store only had medicated starter, and...
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    Northern California Newbies Want to Help Others Process

    Hi Folks, We recently got our first 7 meat chickens. So far the experience has been wonderful. These are some HAPPY little Cornish X chickens: We've been studying YouTube videos, and reading all the wonderful tutorials here on BYC, getting ready for the big day. There are some amazing...
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    (Nor Cal) Marin Humane Society RIR Layers ALL Adopted

    The hotline said they had 66 Rhode Island Red layers available. I just spoke to the lady on the phone to find out more details about them, and good news - they have ALL been adopted! Mod's feel free to delete this post - I could not figure out how..... Marin Humane Society often has roosters...
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    Pecky-Sioux or Pecky-Roo?

    The suspense is killing me! Pecky-Sioux is 11 weeks old today. Please let me know what y'all think. Pecky's head: Pecky's tail: Tail comparison (Pecky in front): Another tail comparison (Pecky in front): Another head shot: Sister Bawky-Sioux: Pecky giving the Roo Eye at approx. 6...
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    Hawk Close Call - Whew!

    I was in the kitchen looking out at Tammy Wynette and Gobbles free range. The two chickens were in an area which I generally had thought of as safe, because it has the "cover" of redwood trees on one side and the enclosed garden on the other side (Thank goodness my slow chicken was locked up in...
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    Have we broken Hen's broodiness if she sings the Egg Song?

    My sweet little Cordon Bleu (blue cochin) has been in broody isolation for 2 days. When I put her back with her sisters last night, and she got up on the roost for the night and ignorned the nest (Yay!) This morning she was singing the egg song; Does the egg song mean we have broken her...
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    San Francisco Poultry and Ming's Poultry - Good looking birds!

    I was walking through San Francisco's Chinatown at lunch yesterday and found a couple poultry shops on Stockton St. I was drawn into San Francisco Poultry because I could see the chickens behind the counter. The place was like a cross between a sushi bar and a hospital - it was SO clean. They...
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    Remember to Adjust Your Auto Chicken Door Timer (pics)

    The seasons are a changin' and the days are gradually getting longer. I saw my Speckled Sussex get shut out of the coop the other night at 5:45 p.m. Luckily, I was working in the garden next to the coop and was able to put her inside right away. It was funny watching her try to comprehend...
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    Yay! Gobbles Girl is Laying Again!

    I'm so excited, my speckled sussex is laying again after her first fall molt. And they're large eggs! A nice step up from the pee-wee and small eggs we got during the summer. I don't use artificial light, so I thought I wouldn't get eggs again 'til spring. I'm so pleased, I just had to...
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    Newbies be encouraged...Mite check is easy...

    As a newbie, I was stressing out about doing the mite check. I was worried the girls would squawk and jump off the roosts......but it was a total non-event. If I can do this, anyone can: I just shined the flashlight on their little bums, and gently started lifting tail-feathers until I...
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    Laying w/ not enough daylight = problems?

    My basic question is: Will chickens lay during 9-10 hr. days, and if so, is this bad for them? My girls stoppped laying in September when the days turned less than 12 hrs., but my Buff Cochin started laying again late October when the days were just less than 11 hrs. long. (no...
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    CNN Says: "Holiday Shopping Not For Chickens" (pictures)

    Of course I clicked on the story, thinking it was really "chicken-related" HAHA. The chickens have no Holiday shopping plans. This year: all gifts will be foraged or hand-made out of pooh! And since threads are more fun with picutres, here are the girls: Buffy the Bug Slayer Mademoiselle...
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    Stray RIR spotted at Fremont & Harrison in San Francisco (10/19 A.M.)

    This is so random and so San Francisco... My co-worker spotted a loose RIR this morning at the corner of Fremont & Harrison Streets in SF. All morning I told myself "Forget about that chicken!" But by lunch hour, my heart softened, and I couldn't resist going down there with a box to look. I...
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