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    Last chance to visit my estranged childhood home after father’s passing...conflicted

    Hi all, A little over a year ago my father passed away due to health complications. We’d been estranged for several years because he had borderline personality disorder and was verbally/sometimes physically abusive to my siblings, mom and I growing up. When my mom left him, I broke off contact...
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    Respiratory infection? Or something else? Getting worse...help!

    Hey everyone, I have an older Easter egger hen (she’s at least 5 years old, we adopted her from a neglectful home about a year ago) who started showing some “cold symptoms” about a week and a half ago- sneezing, wheezing, throat/nasal congestion...no visible signs of mucus in the eyes, nose or...
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    Successful hatch! Shipped eggs, detached/dislodged air cells

    I wanted to make this post for those dealing with shipped hatching eggs, especially with the issue of dislodged or detached air cells. Mostly to share what I did which (evidently) worked, with hopes that it helps anyone who’s in the same situation as I was. At the beginning of June, I ordered...
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    Pale comb on older (broody) hen

    *ETA: I read somewhere that paleness in broody hens is totally normal. Can anyone confirm this? Hi fellow BYCers, I have an older hen (around 6 years old, maybe more) who was adopted from a neglectful situation about 7 months ago. When I took her in, I dusted for lice, added nutridrench to her...
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    Sudden death caused by vent gleet? Or something else? (*Warning: graphic pic)

    Yesterday I noticed one my our hens, Meg, looked a bit off. She was acting lethargic and not as chatty and outgoing as usual. She hadn’t laid an egg yet, even though she had been sitting in her nest box, which was also odd. Before yesterday, she seemed totally normal. Although she did have a bit...
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    Grieving...

    Hi fellow BYCers. So I've been, more or less, a part of this wonderful community of chicken enthusiasts for over 10 years...over the last decade you have all been a wealth of knowledge and kindness. I've learned so much from all of you. I've always been able to come here to 'nerd out' about my...
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    Rescuing neglected chickens...help!

    Hey guys, I just had a coworker reach out to me asking for help with a situation. She has an older family member who has been sick for a long time, recently to the point where they're mostly housebound and unable to do much. I don't know them personally, but I do know they don't have a lot of...
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    Need advice: thinking about changing my major/career (art education)

    Hey BYC friends! This is gonna be pretty long but I'm just trying to work through my thoughts to make a more informed decision. If you read through the whole thing and have some advice to offer, great! I would absolutely love to hear it, especially if you have experience as a teacher/art teacher...
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    The "Nest Egg" coop/garden shed conversion

    Hi all! I recently got my hands on a sweet 6.5 x 7 x 8h' shed that my longterm boyfriend and I are converting into a coop! Well, half coop half garden storage. So far we've decided to name it the "Nest Egg," a reference from this past January when we bought our first house (while we were doing...
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    Not new, just getting back into the swing of things!

    Hi everyone! I'm excited to share that I'm finally getting back into the "business" of backyard chicken raising. I'm certainly not new to this site as I joined way back in 2008 (10 years ago?!) when I was just a young chicken amateur...throughout my adolescent years, I was on this site...
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    ISO: day-old chicks, Maine

    Hey all! :frow Looking to start a new flock with a few day-old chicks next month, any breed. I'm located in the southern Maine area. If you have some or know of anyone who does, feel free to share! Thanks!
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    Cat attack- injured parakeet- please help!

    I took in a young female parakeet from a mutual friend yesterday. She was attacked by a cat 3 days ago and the mutual friend had no idea what to do and so I took her in- I've raised parakeets for several years, but I've never dealt with an injury caused by a cat. The first night I brought her...
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    Injured parakeet (sprained leg?)

    Hey guys, so I have a male parakeet who appears to have a sprained leg. It happened all the sudden, as if overnight, about a month ago. One morning I just noticed he wasn't using that leg at all; it just hangs down. He uses the other leg and his beak to get around (or he just flies since his...
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    Is this splayed/straddle leg? Treatment?

    This 2 week-old chick cannot use her legs to walk at all. My first thought was splayed/straddle leg, but hers are more out straight than split apart. Here's a picture of her: Help?
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    Car crash...broken foot and k-pins...advice?

    Hey all, so 4 weeks ago I was in a serious car crash (car in opposite lane attempted to pass on a blind corner and hit us head on). As a result I had a serious brain injury/concussion, multiple broken metatarsals in left foot, and a broken right ankle. I was given a 50/50 chance of survival...
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    Help!!! Poopy butt/maggots on hen

    I have a buff Orpington hen. She's about 7 years old. Her coop is always clean with fresh pine shavings, she's fed cracked corn/pellets/food scraps along with anything she eats while free ranging. She has a bad habit of eating her eggs (although I don't eat eggs so I've never stopped her because...
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    Predator dug up chicken's dead body...devastated :(

    A couple weeks ago a predator killed two of our beloved roosters. Based on the evidence, it was likely a fox. Today I happened to be wandering out in the yard, just looking things over, and further out on the parameter where their graves are, I saw something laying in the grass, along with...
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    Help me identify this predator (gray fox?)

    Hey guys, so a couple of weeks ago I lost two year-old roosters to what I believe to be a gray fox. I was gone until very late the night before they were killed; I got back from work at around 2am and didn't notice nothing out of the usual. Turns out my sister had forgotten to put the roosters...
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    WANTED: pullet/hen, any breed (preferably Bantam)

    Hey guys, so we recently lost two chickens to a fox and now we only have one hen. She's very lonely and needs a companion. She's gentle, gets along with just about everyone, and is about 6 or 7 years old; we're looking for a friend for her that can be anywhere between the age of a young pullet...
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    Today we lost two beautiful roosters... :(

    Woke up early this morning to a backyard full of feathers and one dead body accounted for. While I was out very late last night, my sister had forgotten to put our two roosters in at dusk and didn't tell anyone. It's unclear whether it occurred at night or early this morning, but I was hoping...
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