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  1. Alexandra33

    Budgie was sold as a male, but has a crusty cere?

    Even though the parrot shop stated he is a male, and someone on a budgie forum confirmed it, I've read crusty ceres can be a sign of health issues in a male. :confused: Or is "he" actually a female? Mildly irritable bird, and not nearly as loud as other male budgies I have kept in the past. (he...
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    How frequently do Owl Finches sing?

    My little Owl was advertised as a male, but I've only truly heard him "sing" quietly twice in two weeks. Beyond this, his range of sounds doesn't expand much beyond meows and short meeps. Is this normal? I'm completely in love with these two new additions to my finch family! :love:love:love...
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    I've lost three birds in one day....

    ....and all with the same neurological symptoms. I simply can't pinpoint what's going on. One minute, they're acting completely normal, and the next, on death's doorstep. Fluffed up, eyes closed, zero balance, and wobbly. My hen who passed last night experienced multiple seizures before giving...
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    If anyone has access to this feed, TRY IT!

    I recently discovered the next best thing since sliced bread.....my flock is completely hooked. Kalmbach added a new feed to their lineup, which (in a nutshell) is scratch and a balanced diet, with oyster shell and grit included in the mix. I've never envisioned anything like it, in all my time...
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    Anyone familiar with this color crossing?

    A week ago, my sneaky OEGBs decided to hatch out ANOTHER couple of beautiful chicks.....in the coop ceiling. :lol: This time, it's a different variety (since last babies turned out to be pure Crele). And after a little research, I believe them to be Silver Duckwing roo over Crele female. :) Does...
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    Best course of action for fighting mites?

    After 5 years, it's finally happened. :hmm I discovered large, hard clumps of grainy white matter in one of my d'Uccle's beards.....which is likely a sign of mites, right? Unfortunately, I'm not well acquainted with the ideal treatment. (though over time, I've gathered three products some use...
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    What mix could my chicks be?

    I originally posted this in the wrong section, so hopefully there'll be more responses. ;) A week and a half ago, someone went behind my back and hatched out a couple of beautiful peeps. Knowledge of their variety would be wonderful, if it's possible at this age. :) Both are bantam class, and...
  8. Alexandra33

    What mix could my chicks be?

    A week and a half ago, someone went behind my back and hatched out a couple of beautiful peeps. Knowledge of their variety would be wonderful, if it's possible at this age. :) Both are bantam class, and almost certainly pure OEGB. Crele-type, to be exact, due to a spot on the head. However, leg...
  9. Alexandra33

    I woke up to to an incredible surprise.....

    After 4 years of trying to hatch from our flock without success, I'm greeted yesterday morning by two perfectly beautiful OEGB chicks, screaming at the top of their lungs. The funny part? I had NO clue this was happening. :idunno:lol: We'd been quite vigilant recently about removing eggs from...
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    Looks like I may have another "it" on my hands?

    Some of you might remember Cooties, my unusual d'Uccle, who appears to have a genetic abnormality (link added below) where (s)he displays qualities found in both genders depending on the season. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/is-my-cockerel-actually-a-pullet-in-disguise.1115939/ I'm...
  11. Alexandra33

    Any tips on dealing with minks?

    Here in a few months, we're going to be moving to a heavily wooded property complete with water sources. It's my understanding that this is prime mink territory, and considering our flock will be free-ranged, these pests could be a huge problem. Does anyone have extensive experience with them...
  12. Alexandra33

    Drake lost his sense of balance AND voice?

    Just yesterday, I noticed my little Spazz wasn't his usual spunky self. Posture appears quite bunched, with chin pressed into chest.....not to mention walking and climbing the coop steps are now unbelievably difficult. :confused: To top things off, poor guy's almost completely lost his voice...
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    Any hope for pullet with vent gleet?

    It's been rough the past few days. Between losing 3 of last month's chicks, and now a sick pullet, I'm losing my mind. :( Anyhow, the afflicted little girl has been feeling quite poorly since Sunday....unfortunately, it took me until yesterday to possibly pinpoint her illness. White discharge...
  14. Alexandra33

    I'm a parent again! (bantam chicks and ducklings from Eagle Nest Poultry)

    Today was the day! :wee 2 Silver Spangled Hamburg bantams, 2 BB Red Phoenix bantams, 2 Rhode Island Red bantams, 3 Blue Red OEGBs, a White Crested Black Polish bantam, a Golden Laced Polish bantam (my very first Polish, by the way! :celebrate), a Buckeye bantam, and a Partridge Wyandotte bantam...
  15. Alexandra33

    Only 3-4 eggs at 2 years of age?

    Is this normal for Call ducks? She's a very healthy little girl, typically spending the day leading her devoted Black East Indie drake around, swimming, and greeting me at the door. :love I understand they're not bred for production, but 3, maybe 4 eggs in her lifetime seems a little odd...
  16. Alexandra33

    Any fellow birdwatchers out there?

    Within the last few years, I've become absolutely, hopelessly addicted to wild birds. :love Has anybody else expanded their horizons from poultry to all types of avian life? If so, I'd LOVE to chat about interesting finds and observations. :) Feel free to share pictures, too! ~Alex
  17. Alexandra33

    Bought myself a feathered birthday gift.....

    ....which also serves as a gift for my runty little zebra finch. :love Poor thing became quite lonely after I sold all 8 siblings (following separation from parents, due to picking). Besides being a unique mutation, she remained unusually petite after fighting the others for nourishment...
  18. Alexandra33

    Possible ear infection....

    My poor little roo. It's been a few months since first noticing his rather dirty-looking ear, and until now, there haven't been any noticeable changes. The area appears significantly more swollen, complete with yellow crust and frequent head shakes. Is there anything that can be done to treat...
  19. Alexandra33

    Just double checking....

    This adorable Barred OEGB is currently nearing 4 weeks of age, and I'm beginning to lose hope it's a cockerel. Albeit lighter than definite pullets, that plumage is still quite dark. Comb's pink, but not as developed as most of the OEGB cockerels. Any thoughts thus far? We're planning on...
  20. Alexandra33

    Bad habits during feeding - any suggestions?

    Two of my favorite boys picked up rather annoying habits over the past couple months that only occur at specific times.....namely, mealtime. While not an emergency, I'd rather like to try to train them out of it. First case: Wheaten Ameraucana bantam, 3 years old. Whenever it's time to feed...
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