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    One feed for chickens and ducks together?

    If you were housing chickens and ducks together, what commercial feed would you give: Starter, Grower, or Layer? My ducks have free range access most of the day; the chickens do not. They all have access to oyster shell and granite grit. Thanks in advance.
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    3 dead chickens over the past three weeks - suspect Mareks?

    I have a flock of 16 chickens. Three weeks ago in the morning, we found one dead outside the coop (they hadn't been counted that night). Last week in the morning, we found one dead inside the coop. And tonight, my son brought one to me and said that he found her outside the coop without the...
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    Listless chicken. Thoughts about where to start?

    I have a bantam hen - about a year and a half old. Yesterday, she was sitting in the corner and I assumed she was broody - she seems to go broody every couple of months. But, she doesn't puff up when you go near her or make the normal broody noises. She's pretty listless with her eyes half...
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    Duckling wih Chickens - and niacin...

    I have a batch of baby chicks coming next week and also 3 ducklings. I've read repeatedly that I can brood them together - and I've worked out the issues, except for adding Niacin to the ducks water. How can I brood them together, but keep the ducks drinking the Niacin water and the chicks...
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    How high will raccoons climb?

    I am converting part of my old garage to a coop. There are two sections. The coop section has its own garage door and a separate door to the other part of the garage. But, I just realized tonight that the rafters are open from one section to the other. And the non-coop section has no garage...
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    Do raccoons actually eat whole chickens?

    I woke up at 4 am to the sound of panicked chickens. By the time I got outside, there were 2 dead - but the rest (13) were okay. I assumed it was a raccoon. We have a light fence around the garden area and the chickens themselves are in moveable A frame coops. I know what happened with the...
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    What predator is this? (graphic)

    Hi everyone. I lost six chicks last week - I have two Catawba Coops - something dug under the pen and took them in the night after I forgot to lock them up. I assumed it was a fox or coyote since it ate 6 chicks (about a month old) and left no trail. Last night, I lost eight more. This...
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    Will my chickens get enough air on the top floor of their ark?

    I've built a moveable coop/ark using the catawba coop plans (I'm not affiliated with them in any way - but loved their plans for their ease of use and clarity). We have some raccoons and skunks in our neighborhood, so I'd like to shut them up into the top floor at night. But, I wonder if...
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