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  1. Ridgerunner

    Easter Egger laying a brown egg? Why?

    Yep, all the time. Easter Eggers are not a breed, there is no breed standard. There is not even a universally accepted definition of Easter Egger. I could come up with a definition, but then someone else would come up with a different definition. They would be as correct as I would. There...
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    Moving to a new coop - Tips & Recommendations

    I'm sure that can happen. I had that happen to me once, sort of. I had a bunch of chicks probably around 8 weeks old sleeping in a shelter in the run after the broody hen weaned them a and left them on their own. I was late locking them up as I went to see a play. When I got back those...
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    Hen is Getting Eggs from the Whole Flock--what to do?

    I've seen a broody hen get her chicks out of a 10' high hay loft. She told them to jump and they did, then bounced up and ran to her. My hens consistently hatch in nests 3 to 4 feet above the coop floor. The lip on my nests is around 4" to 5", the chicks have never had a problem getting out...
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    To keep the roo, or not... what would you do?

    What are your goals for having chickens? How does he fit into those goals? The only reason you need a rooster is if you want fertile eggs. Anything else is personal preference. Nothing wrong with personal preference, I have few of those myself. But that is a choice, not a need. I usually...
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    Which Breeds Would Be Good for a Newbie?

    If you do not want broody hens I'd stay away from bantams. They tend to go broody. Also their eggs aren't that big and many bantams don't lay a lot of eggs, not like many others. Many people love their bantams but their goals probably are different to yours. Your goals are the ones that...
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    Indian game(cornish) cross

    Hi, Cody, haven't noticed you on here for a few days. When you breed two chickens, the offspring inherits traits from both parents. With certain crosses you can get a pretty good idea of what you will get, others not so much. Another problem is that all chickens of a certain breed are not...
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    Sand in Water

    It is sometimes amazing how much of a mess they can make even with it at head height. I've had some success building a platform they have to get up n tp get to the water. Instead of taking it up one level take the water up two levels. The risk of them getting trash in the water is that they...
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    Anyway to tell if it is a hen or a rooster early on?

    Read this. It's the best thread or article I've seen as far as the basics. http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48329 The problem is that each one is an individual. Some (very very few but some) I can tell at hatch. I've had some over 4 months old that I wasn't sure. You...
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    Roosters trouble

    I don't think it matters that much if he is introduced to hens before he meets the other rooster. If they are going to fight over the girls they are going to fight over the girls. That may be a fight to the death or they may get along after they decide which is boss. But you have to try to...
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    How to stop my chickens from escaping

    Chickens love to perch during the day. They love flying up on things and just sitting there. The top of your fence is perfect for that since it has a rail up there. Once the get up there who knows which side they will hop down on. The way I've handled that is to not give them a good place...
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    chickens and drafts

    Even in the dark they have more mobility than many people think. If you look at how their feathers lay, if they face into a breeze they are streamlined, wind bothers them a lot less than if they are facing away from the breeze. As a minimum they can do that much and usually more. People tend...
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    Five girls in one box!!! Help!!

    HI, welcome to the forum, glad you joined. I'm not sure what the problem is. It's kind of hard to come up with a solution if I don't know what the problem is. The more you can help us understand what is going on the more likely we can help you. Are they sleeping in there, all laying in there...
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    Hen is Getting Eggs from the Whole Flock--what to do?

    Same here, never been a problem. Over the years on this forum I've seen where people give this warning about Sharpie's. I've never seen anyone say they've actually had a problem. The theory is that the liquids that carry the ink and quickly dry so the ink is not wet will penetrate the porous...
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    What do I do when it gets down to 20* Fahrenheit at night?

    Before you go outside put on a down coat. They are already wearing a down coat so just give them a dry place out of a direct breeze. They can handle the rest.
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    Accidentally cut the crop

    I don't consider that a problem at all. Just rinse it off and keep going.
  16. Ridgerunner

    Hen is Getting Eggs from the Whole Flock--what to do?

    There are lots of ways you could go about this. When I think a hen has gone broody and I want her to hatch eggs, she has to spend two consecutive nights on her nest instead of sleeping in her normal spot before I give her eggs. I've had many that almost go broody but don't quite kick over into...
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    crumble vs pellets...

    Some people have difference uses for the feed. Some may be feeding chicks as well as adults. Different feeders work best with different forms of feeds, whether mash, crumbles, or pellets whether automatic or loaded by hand. Some depends on what kind of feeder you use. The main advantage of...
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    What will I get!?

    Whether it is base blue or base white is covered above. That is simple dominant/recessive genetics. The uncertainty is in knowing what each parent is contributing. The brown is more complex. Brown is added after the shell is formed in the shell gland, say in the last half-hour the egg is...
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    Sexing Sussex breeds

    Read through this, it sounds like what you are looking for. https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/secondary-sex-characteristics.48329/ Some chicks of any breed can be fairly easy when pretty young or still a challenge at four months. As a breed Sussex are usually fairly easy but some can...
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    Rooster and chicks

    I'm also interested in what "wanting to mate with a chick" looked like. That just doesn't sound right. It should not happen but with living animals you never know. It sounds like you kept them isolated from the flock until the broody hen was ready to wean her chicks. I've had broody hens...
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