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    Extreme Abdominal Swelling In 3 Week Old Duckling!

    I have a three week old duckling named Daisy, who was the only one to hatch out of three eggs. She's imprinted on my and gets very stressed when I leave her(she's harness trained, and loves going adventuring). So two days ago I was cleaning out the chicken coop, and Daisy was roaming the yard...
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    My Hen Has Welts On Her Face And Is Acting Strangely

    I have a hen named Olive who I raised from a chick, she will be a year old on the 25th of August. She is a silkie/Easter Egger mix and has been very healthy previously. This morning I went outside to let her out of the coop, she shares a coop with two silkie hens and her two chicks, and noticed...
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    Emu Or Ostrich For Beginner Ratite Keeper?

    So my biggest question is emu or ostrich and why? My mom prefers ostriches as we went to this private sculpture park and the ostriches were so friendly, but I'm leaning towards emu. I mean, emu seem more manageable size wise, I'm pretty confident around larger animals (my parents own cows and...
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    Pullet Lethargic, Comb Going Dark, Please Help!

    My pullet Vanilla started laying recently(I have two of her eggs under a broody right now) For the last couple of days I noticed she was acting a little odd, she was roosting, but doing a kind of 'egg squat' at the same time, she's always a bit of an odd little chicken, so I thought nothing of...
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    Gender Of Favorelles Chick.

    So this little guy is around three weeks old, and I've been looking at pictures of feather sexing Favorelles. We're going to keep it anyway, but I'm just not sure. All of the pictures are if the same chick. I can get more pictures if need be. Thanks!
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    Genders Of These 3 Month Old Crossbreeds?

    So I hatched these guys a little while back(August 25) , but I'm not sure on gender. One started crowing, he's gone to live with my gran now, but the rest I'm not sure about. There will be more pics to come of the other chickens that live with my Gran. These chickens belong to my six year old...
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    4 Month Old Silkies, Any Guesses On Gender?

    So my two silkies, Friz and Porg, are four months (at a guess) old now, and still no guess on their gender. I'm keeping them either way, but I would like to know your thoughts? I think both may be pullets, otherwise my OEGB rooster Gary, would have attempted to fight with them by now(he's...
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    Her Babies Aren't Even A Month Old And She's Gone Broody Again!(Button Quail)

    My Button quail hen TNT went broody. On October 4th she hatched six beautiful chicks. Sadly, one didn't make it, but with the love and care received from their parents, the rest have thrived. So, to the point: I went to feed them five days ago and noticed an egg on the floor of the tank. I...
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    Spring Poultry Tales!(It's Spring In New Zealand)

    I'm like a month late (whoops) but I figure I'll just post my hatching tales and such here. Feel free to chime in with your own stories. It's like five in the morning here, so I'll post more soon...
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    First Time Broody Button Quail Questions!

    I have a female button quail who is around 9 months old and has gone broody. Currently she is housed in an aquarium with two storeys. She has gone broody in their little loft. She is housed with her mate and her brother(I know, it's not ideal, however no one nearby has females at the moment, and...
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    Random Hen Showed Up On The Property!

    Today when we got back from my sibling's dance lessons, we went inside and everything was normal. Around 20 mins later my Stepdad arrived home from work, chatted with my Mom, and then told me that he had seen a chicken down the end of our driveway... I suspected it was a rooster that someone...
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    This hatch has been a nightmare! Please help, intestines hanging from chick!

    What was supposed to be a simple hatch, where a broody would do the work, has turned into a nightmare... I'll spare you the details, but now, I need help! One of the chicks seemed a little eager to hatch, broke his yolk sac, and somehow pulled his gut. It looks pretty much the exact same as the...
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    In a very unique situation, can I have help?

    Yesterday my older sister and I found some orphan ducklings. There are no laws protecting ducks in New Zealand so we took them back to her house(I was staying the night with her). I'm back home and there are three ducklings. When we got them they were probably a day old, so I am now trying to...
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    Help! Hen Pecked Open Egg On Hatch Day!

    I have a broody hen named Misty who is sitting on a clutch of 14 eggs, all due to hatch over the rest of this week. I thought I had secured her in a cage in the coop, but no. Some other hen got into her cage and pecked a hole in one of the chicks aircells. The chick is still alive(visible...
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    Can I Please Have Some Help With These Obnoxious Ads?

    For the past month or so I have been getting ads for 'Viagra' which is a prescription medicine for a medical issue that would likely be considered inappropriate. Just every page that I load I will get 3+ ads for the exact same thing, a pill that I don't need, that will treat an illness that I...
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    Is this possible for day 2?

    I candled today (day two) and in one egg I could see a small spot with an even smaller dark spot, as though the embryo already had an eye, but it's only day two. Could it be a meat/blood spot inside the egg? It was laid by quite a young hen, so it might be possible... I'll try to get pictures so...
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    Is this possible for day 2?

    I candled today (day two) and in one egg I could see a small spot with an even smaller dark spot, as though the embryo already had an eye, but it's only day two. Could it be a meat/blood spot inside the egg? It was laid by quite a young hen, so it might be possible... I'll try to get pictures so...
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    I'll draw your bird!

    I don't like to post many personal things on BYC, but my mental health has never been the best, and my relationship with my parents has been going downhill for a while. I'm going through a depressive episode at the moment, drawing and chickens being my only light in these difficult times...
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    Share Your Bantam Pictures And Stories! All Bantam Birds Welcome!

    If you have no interest in reading my entire bantam story(I can't blame you, it's pretty long) then just read this. SO basically this is a thread for lovers of bantams(Large silkies are allowed as well) (Chickens or Ducks) to unite, chat and share pictures, all breeds are welcome(mixes also)...
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    Hen Been Attacked?!

    I have a hen named Lacy who has been attacked by something. I went into the room where we store feed/hay and milk the goat(and where my rebel chickens, who refuse to live in the main coop no matter how hard I try... roost) I saw blood over the place where they roost, and a trail to where the...
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