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  1. Melissa2173

    Pullet sitting oddly

    Any ideas what’s going on here? She is sitting on her rump, not wanting to move much but she can walk. None of my others are acting this way.
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    Any ideas what he is?

    I got some Silkie and supposedly Sizzle chicks last year. This is what one of the roosters looks like. He has bred with my Silkie hens and the chicks look just like a Silkie except they have pink feet. Any ideas on what he may be or may be crossed with? Thanks in advance!
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    Rooster and pullet?

    I have a mature Silkie rooster that has been trying to breed with a Silkie that is only 13 weeks old. Does that mean it’s definitely a pullet? They all stay together, can he hurt her by trying before she’s laying?
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    What’s going on with my hen???

    Not sure if this is the right group but I have a hen that hatched out some chicks a few weeks ago. Last weekend I sold a few and that left her with 2. The next day, she was leaving the chicks alone (they free range during the day) This went on all day so I stuck them in my brooder. Since then...
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    Americauna?

    I got these from a feed store marked Araucana. I’m positive they aren’t that but these look different than the americaunas I have. Any opinions?
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    Day 24, no sign of hatching

    I have a broody Silkie that has been sitting, there’s one egg left. Today is day 24 and no sign of hatching, no peeping or anything. I candled it a day ago to make sure it was viable and it looks like it should be ready. The air sac is large. Is this normal for an egg to go this long? This is my...
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    Hens not sitting on eggs after 23+ days

    I have 2 broody silkies. They have been sitting on 23 eggs, I had 3 hatch over the last 2 days. Last night I found one of them sitting off the eggs. I have them in a brooder. I put her back on and again this morning, there were a few eggs pushed off to the side. I pulled 4 eggs out because they...
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    Poisonous mushrooms???

    So about a week ago, I came home to one of my silkies dying. She passed within an hour. Came home Friday to another silkie lethargic and showing neurologic symptoms. She can't walk, when she tries she goes backwards. Her right leg and wing are affected. She tries to eat but it's not enough so...
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    Sick silkie

    So I came home to find my 3 month old silkie down. She has diarrhea and is very lethargic. I realize she is weak but she doesn't seem to have any movement in her legs. I have brought her in the house and have been syringe feeding her water with probiotics and a bit of honey. I'm assuming she's...
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    Breed?

    This chick was being sold as a gold sex link. I think it looks more like a buff orp as it's more of a yellow cream color. I think it's about 2-3 weeks old. [/IMG][/IMG]
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    Limping rooster

    I went to collect eggs this evening and found my rooster in the coop. He was limping pretty good and was unable to fly up to the roost to get outside due to the leg pain. i checked out his leg/foot and didn't see any wounds or feel any swelling. I put him out in the run so he would have access...
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    Eggs on the coop floor

    I posted a week ago about my girls not seeming to have any interest in their nesting boxes. Last night I went to put them to bed and found 2 eggs on the coop floor. I was excited to find the eggs but not on the floor! Will they eventually start laying in the boxes? They are 20 weeks old. The...
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    Eggs on the coop floor

    I posted a week ago about my girls not seeming to have any interest in their nesting boxes. Last night I went to put them to bed and found 2 eggs on the coop floor. I was excited to find the eggs but not on the floor! Will they eventually start laying in the boxes? They are 20 weeks old. The...
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    Nesting boxes

    My girls are 18 weeks old so I figured it was time to put in the nesting boxes. I'm using crates with a board on the bottom and front to keep the bedding from falling out. The coop floor is sand. They keep taking all the bedding out and somehow are pulling the board out too. Any suggestions what...
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    Does my rooster know...

    My boy is almost 18 weeks old. I have 7 pullets that are the same age. No eggs yet but he has been going after 2 particular girls (without much success far as I can tell). Is he only going for these 2 because he senses they are getting ready to lay? Just curious and can't wait for some eggs!!!
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    Bleach in drinking water

    I know there have been many posts about this but can you use regular clorox bleach to keep algae/mold from developing in the waterer? I have a 3 gallon nipple waterer. How much is considered safe for them?
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    Diatomaceous earth

    I've read all of the good uses for DE and I am going to buy some. I can't find the food grade kind locally so I have to order it and shipping is as much, if not more, than the product. I just wanted to know if it goes bad. I figure I may as well get a 50lb bag but I want to make sure it will...
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    Chickens and ice?

    Since it's been so hot here I put ice and water in a pan for my girls and they are eating the ice. I assume this is okay?
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    It's soooo HOT!!!!

    Tomorrow will be my girls 3rd day in their coop full time. It was in the upper 90's today and they were struggling. The coop has good ventilation, a fan, and I have containers of ice out there for them. Tomorrow is supposed to be over 100 with a heat index of 115. I'm seriously thinking about...
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    Introducing new chicks

    I currently have 7 and 8 week old chicks. How would they react to adding 2 week olds? Do they have to be gradually introduced? How long do they need to be separated to insure the newbies are disease free? Thanks!
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