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    Missing Muscovy! - Update Found but Not Caught!

    Yesterday we got a Muscovy trio. They are living with our chickens and seemed content last night and this morning. I did open the coop door to the fenced run because the person we got them from said he'd clip their wings for us. Just went out to check on them and one of the two females is...
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    Let's play "Who's My Daddy?"!

    My buff silkie hatched out this little one yesterday. Dad could be: 1. Partridge Silkie roo 2. Porcelain Silkie roo 3. LF Salmon Faverolles roo The chick has mostly brown/buff on the head/face, lots of grey/blue on the wings and back. Little chickie is living in my office at the moment as...
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    Mixed chicks hatched!

    Three weeks ago we went away for a weekend and one of my hens decided to go broody and collected some of her friends' eggs to hatch! Our Salmon Faverolles roo is the father of all of them. Two are a combo of him and our RIRs (hatchery) and two are a combo of him and our exchequer leghorns...
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    soft egg - gave extra calcium, no improvement

    I have a 14 month old Wheaten Ameraucana hen that started laying at about 12 months old. I waited and waited and waited for that blue egg, and then she started laying a white rubbery egg! I tried giving her extra calcium, but its been another month and still no improvement. She also has one...
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    just had to disbatch my first chicken, and it was a 3 week old chick :(

    I've had chickens for a year and so far I'd never needed to cull a bird. I had already read up on ways of killing because I knew the day would come someday. I was hoping the first and hopefully only times I'd need to know how to were for raising birds for the table. This morning I went out to...
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    LF Salmon Faverolles Chicks - Massachusetts

    These chicks hatched the other day (April 19th). Parents were hatched here last spring from breeder stock. There are 10 available at $8 each, and one pet quality chick (only 4 toes on one foot) for $5. Pick up only, in Central Massachusetts. See the photos above for my roo, Jack Sparrow (two...
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    Speckled Sussex is lethargic, not eating or drinking for 3 days now

    1) What type of bird , age and weight (does the chicken seem or feel lighter or thinner than the others.) chicken, female, 11 months, no change in weight 2) What is the behavior, exactly. lethargic, puffed up, not eating or drinking 3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? 3 days 4)...
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    Anyone tried Agway's new soy-free feed 'hearty hen'?

    I saw it on their website but my local store that carries agway feed doesnt have it but can special order it for me. I was feeding Countryside's soy-free but it just got too expensive. Not sure how much the new agway one will be but I'm guessing less than countryside since while they state...
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    what's up with the leghorns?

    I've always heard leghorns were some of the earliest laying. My speckled sussex and one of my salmon faverolles began laying this week (they all hatched May 5th), but still nothing from either of my two exchequer leghorn girls. Their combs are bright red now, and people who know chickens tell...
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    Where are the eggs? Of course, they're under the silkie!

    My flock of various breeds just recently started laying. I think I have two pullets laying right now. I also have a silkie girl who is not yet laying. I have various boxes/crates in the coop at the moment as nesting boxes (an empty plastic storage container, a cat carrier and a covered litter...
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    blood smear on pullet egg?

    I think one of my salmon faverolle girls laid her first egg today (or at least the first I've seen). They're 6 months old. It is a pale cream color which I think I remember being the color of the eggs they were hatched from. Anyway, there was a small streak/smear of blood on it. Normal or...
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    Splash Orpington Cockerel - pick up in central MA

    I hatched out this handsome fellow May 5th, 2011. He's splash with some red/brown leakage. He's a big boy, but always very well behaved toward people and my pullets. Other cockerels are another matter and he's bullying my other boys, so he's got to go asap. He would be a great flock leader...
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    do RIR male chicks have smaller/slower growing tail feathers?

    I have 5, 5ish week old RIRs. 4 have very well established tails and the last has a tiny stumpy tail. I'm hoping that it is a he, and I have 4 girls and a boy, rather than 4 boys and a girl!
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    What is a pullets behavior like before laying first egg?

    I haven't gotten an egg from my girls yet, they are just 21 weeks right now so hopefully anytime now. I have a Faverolle pullet who didn't leave the coop this morning when I let the others out. She just hung around for a while and now she's sitting/resting in the back in a pile of shavings...
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    eggsplosions

    I set a full incubator of hatched eggs on Tuesday. Yesterday something smelled off, and I noticed one had a crack, so I removed it but it was stuck and when I pulled it off it had leaked a bit on the turner. Then I turned off the turner, temporarily moved the other eggs on that rail to the...
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    Olive Egger Cockerel - 5 months old

    He hatched out May 5th, 2011 and (I was told) is a Maran cross. A handsome fellow (the copper really shines in the sunlight) with very light feathering on his legs, I just don't have any plans to breed olive eggers. As with the others I have listed, I hate to see him go, but I have 7 cockerels...
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    Olive Egger Cockerel - 5 months old

    He hatched out May 5th, 2011 and (I was told) is a Maran cross. He's is very stunning, I just don't have any plans to breed olive eggers. As with the others I have listed, I hate to see him go, but I have 7 cockerels and 8 pullets! Would love to see him go to a nice home, NOT for eating...
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    Splash Orpington Cockerel - 5 months old

    I hatched out this handsome fellow May 5th, 2011. He's a big boy, but always very well behaved for me. I hate to see him go, but I have 7 cockerels and 8 pullets! Would love to see him go to a nice home, NOT for eating. Also have 2 Olive Egger Cockerels listed. Local pickup only (North...
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    Do these chicks need a heat lamp?

    If so, for how much longer? I think they're about 4-5 weeks old - they have most of their feathers. They'll be staying in a large dog kennel in our (unheated garage). For the rest of the week the weather is supposed to be in the upper 60's, low 70's during the day and mid 50's at night...
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    cheapest posts/poles for this setup?

    My chickens currently have a decent sized run and we let them free range the property (2.5 acres) just before dusk so that they don't roam too far. I'd like to give them more space during the day, but when we tried free ranging they were all over the place and getting onto neighbors property...
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