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    6 week old- is it too early to tell gender???

    Hi all, I hatched out a couple eggs since two of my hens went broody. I ended up getting three chicks, one of which I know is a roo, the other two I’m unsure. The first is a Barnvelder x Easter Egger cross. The second is a Barnvelder x ISA Brown cross. Any thoughts? Oh also, they’re about 6...
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    Egg bound or something else?

    Hello All, This past Thursday I thought my hen was egg bound because she presented all the suspicious symptoms. I immediately took her inside and ran a bath. Before I could get her in the water, an egg popped out of her, bounced off my leg and ran to the floor. I was surprised but happy it...
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    Rattling breathing/wheezing

    Hello! I know there’s a lot about respiratory issues online, but I didn’t really understand how you get them better? should I be taking one to a vet to get a prescription for antibiotics? I have a couple hens that are wheezing, ones worse than others and also sneezes a bit. No obvious...
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    Integrating new chickens

    Hello All, I have two mini flocks right now and I’m trying to integrate them. The older flock is three hens and a rooster all about 8 months old or so and a group of 6 pullets about 5 months old. They’ve been living side by side for a couple months now as the younger ones grew larger. Now...
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    Split ends on juvenile feathers?

    Hey guys, I’ve looked through different forums and was trying to find someone with a similar problem without any luck. I have six 3 ish month old chicks and the two that are lavender Orpington have what looks like split ends on their feathers? The other chicks that are different breeds don’t...
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    Shell-less eggs

    So I’ve been getting a lot of shell-less or soft shell eggs lately from my hens. They just started to lay starting maybe about a month ago. I know new layers have more issues because their bodies are getting the hang of things, but how long does it usually take for them to normalize? They are...
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    Pooped up 8 week Easter egger

    Hi! I’m still pretty new and try to remain vigilant with my chickens. Today I noticed on of my 8 week old chicks is pretty poofed up. The others don’t seem cold. Is she sick? Should I isolate her?
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    Is this an Australorpe? Orpington? Or Jersey Giant?

    So as the story goes, I'm sure you've heard this before...but I was at TSC, and it was chick days in the spring. They were selling Jersey Giants and Orpingtons. I heard Orpingtons were really nice, so thats what I asked the girl for. When she picked it up I was surprised it was black and I said...
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    Chicks and Brooder/Coop Transition

    Good morning! To give a little background I bought chicks about 4 months ago straight run and and ended up with more than I wanted in roosters. So I got another batch a little over a month ago. At week 6 for the new chicks, the brooder I was using quickly became too small. I underestimated...
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    First Time Chicken Owner

    Hello all, In my dream of homesteading I got 5 chicks back in April. Despite moving soon, my friends convinced me I could do it anyway and I took the plunge. I’ve always been very into animals, but never raised anything beyond a dog, which I have two terrier mutts. So first time chicken...
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