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  1. Treehill Farm

    Hatching!!

    14 hours later, we have 5 buttons and a pip! We started with 11 eggs so there may be more still to come!
  2. Treehill Farm

    Day 28 - no sign of ducklings

    I have a muscovy doing the same thing. Hatch day was yestreday and so far, nothing. Someone on here who has been raising ducks for like 20 years said that ducks don't really care about your calendar, they hatch in their own time. I would give it another couple of days as will I. We can sweat it...
  3. Treehill Farm

    Hatching!!

    This is our first hatch ever. We built an incubator for a science project and it works!
  4. Treehill Farm

    Hatching!!

    Old hat to some on here but my three little boys and I are sitting glued to the incubator window watching button quail pop like popcorn!! **** they're cute! That is all.... I had to tell someone!
  5. Treehill Farm

    Buying Fertile Eggs

    I bought two dozen for the incubator. About a week before they showed up one of my hens started brooding. When the box arrived, I gave her 6. If a chicken could smile!!
  6. Treehill Farm

    I need to understand what just happened...

    I have kept chickens for eggs for almost 30 years. I've never had a hen prolapse before. Based on what I've read, i've been extremely lucky.
  7. Treehill Farm

    I need to understand what just happened...

    I treated her last night and tucked her in. This morning when I went out, she had died. It was really bad, much worse than the pictures I looked at. Sometimes nature wins.....
  8. Treehill Farm

    Finally found the eggs I wanted......

    I put 6 of them under a broody hen that has been trying to steal eggs for the last week. She was in heaven! The rest are at a friends house. She has a commercial incubator and tons of experience hatching which I don't. I really want to give my eggs the best chance possible and that is not in my...
  9. Treehill Farm

    I need to understand what just happened...

    I looked up prolapse, the pictures and the treatments. The pics show very small prolapses. This hen has the size of a softball. She's in the sick pen, in the barn by herself. She doesn't seem to be in pain although she hasn't moved since I put her in the nest box. I have honey and witch hazel so...
  10. Treehill Farm

    I need to understand what just happened...

    I went out to feed and put the animals up for the evening. One of my Buff Rock hens was in a nesting box. Two other hens were pecking at her rear under her tail. I chased them off and realized the hen was bleeding. I lifted her up enough so that I could see where the blood was coming from. It...
  11. Treehill Farm

    Is this normal?

    I just don't know if i'm cut out for hatching my own! I have no patience..... My muscovy is still sitting with her drake. This morning she pulled out almost all of her wing feathers and added them to the nest. Prior to this her nest was lined with down from her chest and underbelly. Please tell...
  12. Treehill Farm

    Finally found the eggs I wanted......

    Now I just have to pray they hatch! Set 2 dozen Silver Pencilled Rock Eggs this morning. I have wanted some of these forever! Fingers will be crossed for the next 21 days.....
  13. Treehill Farm

    Is this normal?

    Update.... With hatch day looming tomorrow, EB (the drake) and Olivia apparently are setting up for the big event. She kicked 2 more eggs out this morning, then the two of them went for a bath. I picked the two up and put them in the bator. Anyway, my muscovies ar enot generally big on...
  14. Treehill Farm

    Is this normal?

    That's not it. She has been anything but lazy. She dug a hole for her nest, Muscovies have huge claws. She has taken all of the eggs out several times for a little housekeeping, then rolled them all back in. The drake helps her do this. I have been amazed at her dedication and the drake's as...
  15. Treehill Farm

    REQUEST FOR TOP TEN COOP FEATURES

    The roof vent isn't powered, it is just the flat pannet kind. As far as the steel floor goes.... We have prairie dogs and various other critters that dig into the chickem house. This finally stopped them. During the winter we have hard rubber mats, stall mats that we put down over the steel.
  16. Treehill Farm

    REQUEST FOR TOP TEN COOP FEATURES

    My coop has a steel floor. All I have to do is sweep and occasionally hose it out. I use a floor scrapper if anything is stuck. Use the DLM under the perches. I second the roof vent, makes a huge difference.
  17. Treehill Farm

    Using a broody hen for duck eggs

    Thanks guys.... I'm going to give it a try!
  18. Treehill Farm

    expanded the ducks pond,,

    Our pond is very similar. We ran a 3" drain line across the bottom and into the garden. Our veggies love duck water!
  19. Treehill Farm

    Is this normal?

    I have a Muscovy hen that laid 15 eggs. She kicked 4 of the eggs out of the nest and settled down. She has been an exemplary momma so far. I could sleep in her nest, it is so clean and full of down. She is always very careful to cover her eggs when she leaves to feed. Her drake helps her roll...
  20. Treehill Farm

    New Chicks!

    Welcome! New babies are such fun!
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