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    Weird Duck Wings

    Hi, I am not a duck keeper (I have chickens), but I saw a duck at a local park with some very strange wings. Some of her wing feathers were sticking straight out sideways, perpendicular to her body. She didn’t seem to be in pain. She flapped her wings and the feathers were clearly attached, not...
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    Emergency!! Crushed egg about to hatch!

    So my last chick in a completely unexpected clutch is finally about to hatch, and this happens: This is the third egg this hen has crushed by accident, the other two chicks were killed and I frankly do not trust her with this one. About half the shell is gone, along with part of the outer...
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    Unexpected Hatching Questions!!! URGENT!

    Hey y'all I have questions. Just discovered today I have a broody bantam mix. Unfortunately I pulled her off the nest before I realized her eggs are HATCHING. She wouldn't get back on the nest for a little while (maybe 20 minutes). Two had already hatched, one has hatched since, and several were...
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    Day-Old Barnyard Mix Babies! Phoenix AZ Area

    Well, one of our hens surprised us with 10 new babies this morning. Her chicks always turn out gorgeous and I'd love to keep them all, but we don't have space, so we're looking for homes for these chicks! They are several generations mixed, straight run, healthy babies and even the colors you...
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    Silkie Foot Injury

    Alright, so my two silkies were out free-ranging and I noticed my white rooster Sugar (who just started crowing!) was limping. I picked him up and looked at his foot, and there appears to be a small injury on his middle toe. It looks like the top layer of his skin was scraped off somehow. The...
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    Guesses on Breed Mixes? (lots of pics)

    I have two two-month-old chicks, a male and a female, siblings from the same clutch. I am very curious as to what breeds may have gone into them, as they are mutts. The mother is half silver phoenix and half bantam mutt. The father I'm not positive, but he's also a mutt and I believe has some EE...
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    EMERGENCY! Orphaned hatchling!

    My brother found a baby bird in the lawn this morning and thought it was dead. About an hour and a half ago, he realized it was alive and informed me of it just as the family was leaving. There is no way to get it back up into the nest, my pine tree is too tall. With its age, the weather and my...
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    Bragging About My Babies

    My two youngest chickens will be two months old in a couple weeks. They are a pair of the sweetest, smartest birds I've ever had and I felt like bragging! The chicks' names are Una and Mo (short for Geronimo). They hatched about mid-December. This was them at a couple days old. Mo is the one...
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    Leucism in Chickens?

    Does leucism occur in chickens? Might be a silly question but I couldn't find anything on the web regarding leucism and chickens specifically. The reason I ask is that I have a young chicken I think is leucistic and some roostersI think have partial leucism (random white feathers). They're just...
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    One-Legged Chick *Update*

    I posted a few weeks ago about a chick hatching with only one leg, I was worried about her ability to survive and have a good life. I am proud to tell you that "Una", along with her brother Geronimo, is now almost a month old and is doing great!! This is Una as a new baby: And this is Una...
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    Fodder System Questions

    Hi everyone, due to concerns about safety from predators I am not able to free-range a few of my chickens -mostly my two silkies, and a blind older hen, and a one-legged chick (when she grows up). So I'm looking into growing fodder for them, and I have a few questions: 1) Do chickens actually...
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    Are my Silkies show quality?

    Hi, I was wondering what quality my silkies are in terms of showing. I didn't get them with showing in mind, but they are such beautiful birds I think it would be fun to show them off! I got them at a feed store and I'm pretty sure they are hatchery birds. They are currently 3 months old. They...
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    When will my silkie start to lay?

    When do silkies usually start to lay? I've heard it takes longer than for most breeds, I'm just curious what to expect. I am raising two silkies that are currently 3 months old, and I'm pretty sure one of them is a pullet. How much longer should I expect to wait? Here's the lady in question...
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    Any Birdwatchers Out There?

    Besides chickens, birdwatching (or birding) is one of my favorite hobbies. Favorite birds to see include American Kestrels and Black-necked Stilts (common at a Riparian Preserve near me). Favorite field guide's gotta be the Sibley Field Guide to Western North America. I don't get to go...
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    Success Story -Emergency Hatching without an Incubator

    I just wanted to share my story of my second-to-last batch of chicks. Seems appropriate since one of them is all grown up and just hatched her own batch of babies. :) I had a bantam mix hen sitting on a clutch of 6 eggs, it was her second time round so I figured she knew what she was doing...
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    Chick Born Missing a Leg (Pics)

    I already posted about this in the "Raising Baby Chicks" section but I am wondering if anyone here may have had a similar situation or has advice for me. I have a baby chick that hatched Saturday (12-17-16) and was missing a leg. I have decided based on my own feeling and some others' advice...
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    Chick Born Missing a Leg

    Hi, I just had a hen hatch out a batch of 7 chicks. Here's the facts: Breed: the mom and all of our roosters (the potential dads) are game bird mutts descended from bantams our neighbor let get out of control & now there are feral game bird-ish chickens all over our neighborhood (that's another...
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    Hey All

    I've used this website for advice forever without creating an account, haha, but I finally got around to it. :) I have had chickens since I was a little girl. Started off with a batch of "Easter chicks", 2/3 of them were roos but we learned not to buy straight run! Now I have a flock of over...
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