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    Is my hen broody?

    Thanks! I saw she sneaked to sleep in the nesting box last night! But she came right out in the morning before the coop door opened. She stayed outside whole morning but she went back in the nesting box in the afternoon to brood ‘air’ again.... I think the signs are getting more obvious here...
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    Is my hen broody?

    She does make that cluck cluck sound a lot. Like as of now she’s been in the nesting box for 2 hours already. However, she will eventually come down and she does sleep on the roost at night. Yes she made the low cluck cluck noise but she goes to roost normally at night. I just feel she is...
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    Bathing Hens

    My 3 hens would walk a few steps away then they would start to preen themselves after the bath (after blow dry). I think your relaxed Isa brown is super friendly! PS. None of my hens are Isa brown
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    Is my hen broody?

    I have a 9-month old BO that has stopped laying for almost 4 weeks. She started laying when she was 6-month old and had been laying every other day. Now she would go into the nesting box, not laying but sit on others eggs for about 1-1.5 hours everyday. She would come out and sing her egg song...
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    HELP! Is this a deformed egg or lash egg or egg yolk peritonitis?

    Yes I will. So far nothing weird in the past two days. She didn’t show any sign of being sick at all. The three of them hang out together all the times. The BO seem to be on top of the pecking order too.
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    HELP! Is this a deformed egg or lash egg or egg yolk peritonitis?

    Thank you. We will keep monitoring her. We feed them Scratch and Peck Layer feed. We also give them separate bowl of crushed oyster shell for them. We also give them treat mealworms and fruit from time to time.
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    HELP! Is this a deformed egg or lash egg or egg yolk peritonitis?

    We are new to keeping chickens. We have 3 chickens at 23 weeks old (SLW, RIR and BO). SLW and RIR started laying at 21 weeks old. Only the BO hasn’t started laying yet. All of them have free choice feed of crushed oyster shell. This late morning we found this on the floor. Wasn’t sure who did...
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    Teaching chickens to ring a bell

    We have a xylophone too! The trick is draw a little dot on the keys so they will start to peck.
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    Teaching chickens to ring a bell

    I know!!! I laughed so much. Chickens are so funny.
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    Teaching chickens to ring a bell

    Hi, just taught two of my chickens to ring a bell and would like to share that they can learn this trick really fast! Chickens are really food motivated! I started by having scratch in one hand, then I started to ring the bell with another hand and move the hand with scratch to the chicken. I...
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    Chickens ran away when touched?

    Thank you! I will try that and will update.
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    Chickens ran away when touched?

    That’s the opposite of mine. My SLW will jump up on my lap and she doesn’t mind I pet her while I hand feed her treat! My Buff would just ran away and observed the others eating treat out of my hand!
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    Chickens ran away when touched?

    Haha thank you. I can see the trio are turning into real troublemakers!! Thanks.
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    A chick that never dust bath while others do

    An Update: so the BO is now dust bathing regularly! I made a big tub of dirt for them next to their coop. Thanks everyone for the support!
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    Chickens ran away when touched?

    Hi, I have 3 10-week-old chickens (BO, RIR and SLW). All female. They would walk over when I called them especially the BO I trained her to remember her name. They would eat treats out of my hand. However, they would not let me touch them especially the BO when I started to pet her in any other...
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    Chick mouth open panting

    Thank you everyone! Left a big chunk of ice for them today. Will start giving them electrolyte later today. Gonna look into buying a big umbrella shade to cover the coop instead of a temporary shade I have for them now. :):) Here’s a photo of them enjoy the ice!
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    Chick mouth open panting

    Hi I have 3 close-to-7-week old chicks (RIR, BO and SLW). It’s getting pretty hot here in California. Close to 100 degree today. I put up some shade over the coop as well as ice in their waterers. I have 2 nipple waterers. The BO always has her mouth open and panting in the afternoon the past 3...
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    Picky Chick. Treat idea?

    I’m trying to find a treat that my almost 6-week old Silver laced Wyandotte will like. So far I introduced mealworm, strawberry, pumpkin seed, cooked egg, pineapple, plain yogurt.....None of these got her attention at all..... I wish I find something that she would go crazy for. On the other...
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