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  1. longday

    Help - eggbound or something else?

    I have an Australorp, about 6 years old. For about the past 24 hours, she's had this odd posture. She seems reluctant to move around a whole lot, but is still moving, and seems possibly interested in food. She's got dirty feathers around her vent, and this has been a somewhat ongoing issue. Her...
  2. longday

    Help - eggbound or something else?

    I have an Australorp, about 6 years old. For about the past 24 hours, she's had this odd posture. She seems reluctant to move around a whole lot, but is still moving, and seems possibly interested in food. She's got dirty feathers around her vent, and this has been a somewhat ongoing issue. Her...
  3. longday

    Predator attack. One gone, one injured

    I came out this morning to a dead 3.5yo australorp hen. Honestly, I was already running late for work, and she was clearly already gone, so I quickly looked at the two other chickensand both went for the food I offered. My one year old red girl (no clue what breed she is, but she's about the...
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    Urgent help please - chick pecked by siblings

    Maybe not anything that can be done now, but I have a first time (but very dedicated) Australorp hatch 4 eggs yesterday. She abandoned one that was born this morning plus 2 eggs. I set up an emergency incubator and brought the abandoned chick and eggs inside. Later in the morning I moved the...
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    Moving hen & chicks after hatching question

    My chicks are finally hatching, and I'm going to move the hen & chicks to a separate area. I have 4 or 5 hatched, so either 2 or 3 eggs to (potentially) go. If they aren't hatched by tonight, would it be ok to carefully move the eggs with her or should I wait? At the moment they're in the...
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    Broody hen given up?

    I had a super broody 2.5 year old Australorp. I'm fairly sure she's gone broody multiple times (leg band fell off so I can't be certain), so I finally got her 7 fertilized eggs to hatch. She was broody for about 10 days before I gave her the eggs, and she very happily accepted them. She was the...
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    Candling question - broody hen sitting on eggs

    I have a super broody Australorp sitting on 7 assorted eggs that I got from a farmer friend. She's now at day 12 so I'd like to candle them, but she's taking this sitting business very seriously, so accessing the eggs without being attacked is tricky. She gets off the nest once every one or...
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    Sick hen - any advice appreciated

    I have 3 australorps. One has had mud butt for a month or more, so I offered grit and oyster shell, but it didn't fix the problem. Today she's looking unwell - tail drooping, mouth open, head to the sky and making small chirping sounds (she's normally the loud one). I can't see any other...
  9. longday

    Heat question

    This is not a disease/injury question, but we're expecting a heat wave here, and I need some quick advice. I have 3 australorp girls and they're used to temps in the 70/80s range. I hear we're looking at temps in the 90/100s. Humidity should be low. They have a 2 storey coop with a built in...
  10. longday

    What size leg rings to buy?

    I have three australorp pullets, now 14 weeks old. I can tell one apart, but the other two look identical. I was thinking of buying leg rings but have no clue what size to buy, whether to wait until they're fully mature (or even when, exactly that is), and then if you need a special tool to put...
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    New pullets in hiding - should I be worried?

    I bought 3 10wk old australorp pullets last Saturday. They seem happy and healthy - eating, drinking, pooping, pooping, pooping. I Put them in the new coop I built: https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/coop-casa-vista-a-la-piscina last Sunday after having them inside overnight just to watch...
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