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  1. axion_lotus

    Not an emergency, but...sunburn?

    My silver-laced wyandotte hen I just bought from a poultry swap last week has sunburn on her back from lack of feathers. Her pinfeathers are coming in fine, and she seems to be in overall good health. I've used aloe vera on her back to treat the existing sunburn, but after awhile in the sun...
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    Guess What...

    Okay, so probably no one on here will care much about this, but I'm so happy I just want to tell the world. I'm engaged! My sweetheart proposed to me at an anime convention in Raleigh on saturday. He and I and a close friend of ours were onstage acting out a skit for a cosplay...
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    Rest in Peace, Amelia

    Amelia was my speckled sussex pullet, my prettiest and tamest girl. Yesterday a hawk killed her, and took her away from me too soon. (Since then precautionary measures have been taken to prevent hawk attacks from occurring again.) When she was a baby, Amelia was the first one to fly out of...
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    I can't stop them from pecking each other; please help!

    I'm at my wit's end on this. A couple weeks ago I had to quarantine my EE pullet, Willow, because she was pecked so severely on her back that she was losing a lot of blood, and quite a few of her back and tail feathers are gone. At night I put her in a separate cage in my room, and outside I...
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    Photos of my babies! (UPDATED....and pic-heavy.)

    I got these chicks on Tuesday from My Pet Chicken, and they're so cute and wonderful, I simply must show them off. Amelia and her Speckled Sussex sister, Tess My cute little EEs My Buff Orpington chick, Lillymaka. We lost her sister yesterday to wryneck, so she's the only BO I've got...
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    Question about them getting along!

    Okay, so I got three silkies and three red sex-link chicks last week, and I was wondering about this the other day. I'm getting eleven more chicks this week from My Pet Chicken, all standard, mostly heavy breeds. I've carefully selected these breeds based on temperament. I'm getting 2...
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    Curse you, chicken math!

    I did a bad thing. After my first therapy session last thursday, my lover decided to take me to Tractor Supply (as a reward for FINALLY going after all this time of needing to), to visit the baby chicks. Well...see, what happened was... ...They had silkie chicks in the "assorted bantams"...
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    Protectors of the flock?

    So I got some decoy birds at TSC for $10 each; they were 50% off from two weeks ago, which was awesome. I got them in the hopes that they'll keep the possums and the hawks away this year. I plan on putting the hawk up during the day, and switching them out at night,so the owl and her lovely...
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    Please remind me that Patience is a Virtue!

    Okay, so... On January 23, I ordered eleven chicks from My Pet Chicken: Two Australorps, Buff Orpingtons, Black Jersey Giants, Speckled Sussex and three Easter Eggers. I printed the order form and now have it hanging on my wall, where I look at it every day. I'm very excited. I have crossed...
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    I have a problem with possums in my area. What can I do?

    Last year, possums devastated my small flock of Rhode Island Reds and rescue ex-battery Cornish hens. It was horrible. I still have nightmares about it. I'm currently making repairs to my chicken house to make it safer, which includes filling in the place where they dug under the door with...
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    Hi, I'm new.

    Hi. I am Shelbi (but I don't mind being called "Axion," either), and unfortunately, I don't have any chickens yet. But I plan to get them this spring. (I'm chicken-less! T^T So sad!) But I love chickens. They're quirky, cute and make awesome pets, depending on the breed. That and...
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