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  1. smallcitychick

    ordered hatching eggs for my broody

    I ordered some hatching eggs from MPC due to arrive next week for my hen that just went broody. Crossing my fingers that they will be fertile!!! I have a quick question though. I've read on here that when eggs are shipped you should let them set for 24 hours before putting them in a bator...
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    gender of polish and bantam cochin

    These gals (fingers crossed) are 7 1/2 weeks old. I'm pretty sure the polish is a girl because of the more rounded feathers on the crest, but I've noticed the really red wattles coming in this last week or so. And the bantam cochin. I'm really not sure on. I already have to lf cochin...
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    broody hen scaring young birds

    I have a broody hen (large cochin) that just hatched out 8 babies. I have them in a smaller coop with attached covered run. I also have 7 (7 week old) young chickens in there (3 bantams, a polish, rir, gold sex link, and slw) There's plenty of room for all right now BUT the momma is totally...
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    Rooster or hen (d'uccles)

    Alright, I got these little guys from the assorted bantam bin. They're about 6 1/2 weeks old right now. My best guess is that they're millie fluer d'uccle. Neither one has good white spots though First one Crystal (I think there's a possibility that she's a hen, her comb is lighter in color...
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    Oh no! I think I killed the chick?!

    My first time broody was due to hatch out her eggs yesterday or today. Nothing yesterday, but when I checked on her this morning there was a chick that wasn't underneath her. It still had some of the shell on it and almost all of it was still covered with the membrane. I pushed momma out of the...
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    flock rejecting broody hen

    I only have 5 hens right now, they've been together since the beginning, they're all just over a year old. Fanny (a white cochin) went broody about a week ago. Saturday i got some fertile eggs to put under her and she's as happy as can be. I did try to move her to her own broody cage and she...
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    any ideas to help picking at feathers?

    I went and checked on my 24 chicks this morning and noticed quite a few of my wyandottes are missing feathers on their backs between their wings. Looks like they are getting picked on by their brooder mates. I have all 24 in a large freezer box and thought they'd be ok in there for at least...
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    That was a close one!

    2 weeks ago we got 20 chicks (10 gold sex links and 10 assorted laced wyandottes pullets...well turns out one of the gsl is really a production red) to raise for my dad (they have a large space for adult chickens, and have about 10 laying hens now, but now where to keep chicks, so of course I...
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    gold sex-link question

    Last week we picked up 10 gold sex-link chicks. This week they're starting to get their wing feathers and a few tiny tail feathers, and I noticed something interesting. Nine of the GSL pullets have wing/tail feathers that are a solid buff/gold color, but one chick has different coloring. Her...
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    More fun breed guessing games (bantams and polish)

    I grabbed 3 bantams from the feed store "assorted bantam" bin yesterday. I think I have 2 of them figured out, but not sure about this cutie. My best guess is maybe a white cochin bantam? It has feathered feet and is white/yellow. Then my other question is about some polish chickens. I got...
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    My rooster crowed!

    I was so stunned! I was getting something outside (the sky was just starting to get dark) and first thought I heard one of my kids yelling. Then I realized that I was alone in the yard with my chickens. I walked over to the coop and looked in and Steve crowed about 3 more times with me standing...
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    cats and dogs

    I am a first time back yard chicken owner is happily growing her first flock. Currently I have a dozen chickens in a backyard coop with attached run. The only predator I was really worried about were hawks, so I have a roof over my run as well as the coop. They've been outside for about 3 weeks...
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    They figured it out!

    On Monday I moved all the chickens from the brooder to their brand new coop. These are my first chickens and I had read on here that they needed to figure out to actually go inside at night and that I might need to help them a big. Well it took 3 days of me putting them in their coop in at night...
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    same old question: boy or girl

    I've got 3 easter egger chicks that I purchased straight run. They're about 7 or 8 weeks now. Can you help decide if they pullets or cockerals? The white is "Steve" and the black one is "Nikki" (my 6 and 4 year olds named them) I was sure that "Steve" was a rooster when they were about 3 or 4...
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    How to help sick chick?

    Oh no! I just checked in my brooder and I have one little chick that doesn't look like she's going to make it I don't know what happened, I got them in the mail on Wednesday and all were happy and healthy. I've checked on them frequently (the last time being about 12:30 today (just got back...
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    expecting chicks the week of april 12th

    So I know there are a few of us out there...who's expecting chicks in the mail next week? I thought I would start a thread so we could wait together and of course post some cute pics when they finally get here. I'm DIEING waiting for them to get here. I've ordered from MPC and I'm getting 2...
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    whew, that was a close one!

    I'm going CRAZY waiting for my chicks to arrive (due the week of April 12th from MPC). I've stopped in at the nearest feed store several times in the last month to just see their cute little peeps. Today I decided to buy my chick feed and then resolved that if they had easter eggers I would buy...
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    age difference in chicks

    I'm getting my first chicks shipped from MPC the middle of April. But my local feed stores are carrying them now. We were planning on getting a few easter eggers locally the week that we get the MPC chicks so they'll all be the same age. BUT I'm too excited, AND my DD's birthday is this Sunday...
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    garden chickens

    I just bought the book 'city chicks' by Patricia Foreman and have been reading about using chickens to aid in gardening (pest control, fertilizer, etc..) Sounds awesome! I have a fenced off garden (about 28x28) area that would LOVE some chicken help BUT the fence is only about 4 feet high. I'm...
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    garden chickens

    I just bought the book 'city chicks' by Patricia Foreman and have been reading about using chickens to aid in gardening (pest control, fertilizer, etc..) Sounds awesome! I have a fenced off garden (about 28x28) area that would LOVE some chicken help BUT the fence is only about 4 feet high. I'm...
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