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  1. Zach123

    To clear sagebrush or not to clear sagebrush?

    A two foot tall shrub (at 2’-5’ tall I’m guessing it’s big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata) probably won’t bother chickens, but it may be a pain for you trying to navigate the run. I’ve worked in sagebrush country and traipsing around in it can be a bit annoying (it’s not like walking through...
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    Heat and drought and smoke effects on “naturally” incubated eggs

    Yeah, back to 90 this week, gotta love the climate in high plains/Rocky Mountains 🙄 The duckling I saved yesterday is still alive, but not doing great. It’s mother gave up on it almost instantly, which is not surprising given it’s condition (can’t keep up with the flock, you get left behind)...
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    Heat and drought and smoke effects on “naturally” incubated eggs

    Yeah, this was her first brood, definitely inexperienced. Better luck next time I suppose. It’s actually probably for the better, the weather will be getting cold (we already had a 70 degree drop in temperature last week, from over 90 on Monday to 25 on Tuesday, so having a bunch of downy babies...
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    To clear sagebrush or not to clear sagebrush?

    The only bird I know of that actually finds sage (Artemesia sp., Clucker, not cooking sage, which is Salvia sp.) palatable is sage grouse. Even if they do eat it though I don’t think it will hurt them.
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    Heat and drought and smoke effects on “naturally” incubated eggs

    I thought my body duck was sitting on a batch of defunct eggs. While I have no idea when exactly she started brooding, I feel like it has been longer than the normal 28 days (I’m pretty sure she started before we left to visit family out of state in mid-August, and she was definitely broody by...
  6. Zach123

    Does this look like mites?

    Thanks everyone. The aloe seemed to help relieve some of the redness and inflammation. I will look for the Nu-Stock. Even though it seems everything that anyone recommends here is MIA when I go look for it. There's racks of different nutrient drenches and vitamin supplements for livestock but...
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    Does this look like mites?

    Thanks Eggcessive. I figured out where I was going wrong. I was converting the gallons to ounces and coming up with an ounces/ounce ratio rather than ounces/gallon. Don't ask me why I did that unnecessary conversion, it made sense at the time :confused:.
  8. Zach123

    Does this look like mites?

    I’ve had both brahmas and cochins before and never had a problem but this poor guy has turned me off of the feathered feet, too much extra hassle.
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    Does this look like mites?

    That could be, MysteryChicken. I am constantly trying to doctor his feet since the hens think the feathers growing out of them are fun to pick at. I love brahmas, but I will never own another feather footed chicken because of this. I have some Gordons Permenthrin 10 Livestock and Premise spray...
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    Does this look like mites?

    Thanks folks. I will separate him and give him and the others a permenthrin treatment. I haven't seen any eggs or bugs on him either, but not much I can find on this particular problem. I did put some aloe gel on him to try and soothe the skin (that's why it looks wet in the second picture).
  11. Zach123

    Does this look like mites?

    This the back end my 2 year old Brahma roo, just below his vent. Very red and inflamed, bumpy skin with feathers missing. Would this be caused by mites or is it something else? Any treatment suggestions?
  12. Zach123

    chickens eating pepper leaves in garden!?

    All nightshades, including the ones we grow and eat (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, tomatillos, or peppers) contain some toxic alkaloids such as atropine, nicotine, and solanine. That's probably why some somewhere claimed they are poisonous. The amount of solanine depends on the plant. From the...
  13. Zach123

    Oh Craigslist, You Amuse Me So!

    Wait... you mean it doesn’t?! (Totally kidding of course)
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    Oh Craigslist, You Amuse Me So!

    From these guys! Also, I think I’m going to get me some blue laced red or crele hens, now that would be a fancy egg!
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    Oh Craigslist, You Amuse Me So!

    Brahma Chickens: the sign at my local Safeway says “brown eggs come from chickens with brown feathers and white eggs come from chickens with white feathers” leaving me wondering where all the black, barred, and other colored eggs are at....
  16. Zach123

    Hawk vs vulture: Any pix of them flying so I can see the difference?

    Hawks typically soar with their wings flat while turkey vultures will have their wings up in a “V” shape and often teeter somewhat side to side. Vultures are also pretty much a solid black while most hawks, aside from dark morphs have lighter colors, especially around their belly/chest area...
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    My Chicken family is down to 2 girls (4-5years) is it okay to just keep 2 chickens?

    My mom has had only two chickens, Susan and Mary, living in her backyard since 2013. They are perfectly happy as a pair. So two chickens is no big deal. Heck, many cities have a limit of only 3 and I bet those small flocks are fine without a bunch of other members. But the fact is that...
  18. Zach123

    It's 13 degrees outside...And I am worried

    The adaptation theory only holds water if there is some kind of selection pressure on the animals, either natural or artificial. Either you allow the weather to naturally remove the indeviduals from the flock that are the least hardy or you only selectively breed the most hardy members every...
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    It's 13 degrees outside...And I am worried

    Waterfowl are especially hardy birds. Their wild mallard relatives are more at home in Canada than they are at the equator. Yes, it’s true that wild birds migrate but it actually has a lot more to do with food availability than temperature. Most of the big flocks happily hang out on the wetlands...
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    It's 13 degrees outside...And I am worried

    It was well into single digits here last night and we’ve have several nights below zero since mid-October. They are fine. I do heat the “rooster coop” since there is only two of them in there and they don’t like each other enough to “huddle.” They would actually probably be okay, but I feel they...
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