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  1. SA gardener

    100% hatch rate☺️ !!!

    I'm so happy 🤗 that all 8 of my eggs hatched. Was anticipating 50-80 % with my broody hen based off what I had read and I guess I got lucky. I had stored the eggs the wrong way (pointed side up) and I only realised that afterwards but they were all less than 6 days old - so fresh. Also I had...
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    Feeding chicks

    What should I feed 24 hour old chicks ? I found "broiler starter" at a local pet shop and I bought it because they had nothing else for chicks. Can I feed them it ? I'm raising some Australorps from my broody hen and some "Potchefstroom Koekoek" chicks are scheduled to arrive soon
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    Broody hens egg broken

    I found 1 of my broody hens eggs in my coop today broken. I don't know what happened but I suspect 1 of 3 things : 1- the hen incubating the egg pecked at it till it broke 2 - one of my other hens which are not broody came into the coop and caused the damage (for whatever reason) , while the...
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    Brooder setup

    One of hens has gone broody and is currently incubating 9 eggs (all I had at the time she went broody). I can't be sure ,but it seems like I'll get 7 chicks (if I'm interpeting the candling right). I read that a hen depending on its size can look after 14 + chicks. Mine, being medium sized, I...
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    Homemade yogurt for cats

    I have been attempting to make yogurt lately with a simple lemon juice starter culture (lemon juice in milk left for about 4 hours) and using that in a bowl of milk. It hasn't worked out too well since the texture is not right and it's smelling a little sour. So is it fine if I give this...
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    Double yolk ☺️

    Don't know how this happened but I'm glad it did 😋
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    2 eggs one day

    One of my hens laid 2 eggs today, but the problem is that one of them was shell-less I am 100% sure it's from this one particular hen since I seen it sitting in the box right before finding the eggs. It laid a normal egg at 8AM and a shell-less at 6PM (10 hours apart) The hen is new to laying...
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    Eggs laid from perch

    Found 3 eggs this morning, one normal in the nesting box and 2 under the perch ,of those 2 : 1 was shell-less and the other was smashed ( from impact) The shell-less egg came from a hen laying for the first time while the smashed egg came from a hen that had laid 2 other eggs previously during...
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    First egg!!!!!!! 🙂

    Got my first egg today Sooo exciting 1 of my 3 Australorps (don't know which one) , laid this egg in the middle of the run next to their feeder and water, which is a spot with moist soil that they usually bath in ,odd place to lay an egg The egg is tiny, a mere 40 grams (1.41 ounces) and appears...
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    Cracks on egg?

    A friend of mine has Australorp hens that are laying eggs that look like this. He says that they are "cracks" that sometimes proceed to become tiny holes. Any idea why they look this way ? He feeds them laying mash but has not started supplimenting them with calcium yet They are laying for the...
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    Feed composition

    I intend to transition my hens to this feed/pellets (from mash) when they start laying Is the calcium content too low (3% - 4.5 %) ?
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    Rooster mating before first egg

    My Australorps are currently more than 28 weeks old, no eggs yet 😵. However of the 3 hens , 1 hens comb is becoming bright pink (not red) and is not squatting and another one is squatting but her comb is not becoming any redder/pinker. Do pullets combs have to be fully reddened before laying or...
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    Does anyone know what breed this is ?

    Only have a picture from this angle
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    Hey I'm new... Well kinda

    Hey My name is Zaheer, I joined this forum about 2 months ago, but didn't realise there was a thread to introduce myself😁. I am 21 yo student at WITS university in Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦 and a first time chicken owner I currently have 4 Australorp chickens - 3 hens and 1 rooster. I got...
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    Productivity vs popularity

    Lohmann browns seem to be very unpopular among backyard chicken keepers, this is surprising - since they are apparently very productive (320 eggs per year), never go broody and are overall good chickens Is there a reason for this that I am not seeing ? Aesthetically unappealing perhaps
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    Young rooster vs old rooster

    Now that I'm 100% sure that one of my "hens" is actually a rooster, I'm starting to think of the possible problems associated with keeping it It is starting to crow increasingly often and considering that my coop/run is a mere 10 metres ( 10.94 yards) from the neighbours house, I can only hope...
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    12 hours minimum for egg ?

    I read that chickens need a minimum of 12 hours of daylight to lay eggs. Where I live, only 6 months (summer) of the year have days with greater than 12 hours of daylight, does that mean my hens will only lay during those 6 months ? Or ?
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    Lohmann brown - Australorp get along

    Will Lohmann brown hens get along with Australorps (hens and a rooster) ? Anybody with experience keeping them together ?
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    Layers mash before they lay ?

    My Australorp pullets are 23 weeks old and I've just run out of "growers mash". Can I buy and feed them "layers mash" considering that they should start laying in about 3 weeks (26 weeks of age). Because if I buy "growers mash" I'll have to buy 10kg (20 pounds) and that's too much for 3 weeks.
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    Is chicken manure safe ?

    Chicken manure is a good source of nitrogen for plants in the garden. It also has reasonable amounts of potassium and phosphorus. But it is too strong in its raw form and must be composted first for the nutrients to be in a safe form and concentration for plants to benefit. Another...
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