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    Egg laid in the yard, not the box!

    My girls just started to lay eggs for the first time. With 5 hens I’m not positive which one (or more) are laying. Today, there was no egg in the nest box. However, when I went to lock them in their coop for the night I found an egg ON THE GROUND! It had been there for a few hours as it was...
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    Pullets are 20 weeks old - will they lay this year?

    My girls are 17 weeks old. Live on the coast in CA. What behavior do I watch for to know if they are ready to lay? When should I open a nesting box? I have five hens ( 1 Ameriacuna 2 Domonique 2 buff brahama) how many nesting boxes should I prepare?
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    Chick Starter Recipe Please

    Sammie, had you thought about earning some money so you can take care of your babies?
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    8-10 week old chicks

    Thank you. This such a huge learning curve
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    8-10 week old chicks

    I had a very similar question about feed. You answered it. I’m also wondering the difference between Scratch and Grit????
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    Spilling water all over coop

    Great ideas! Thank you! They went without water last night. When I let them out this morning they made a Bee-line for the water. They survived.
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    Spilling water all over coop

    Thank you ALL for your timely responses, that’s why I love this group. I usually get them out of their coop and into their yard around 8 am.
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    Spilling water all over coop

    My girls are 7 weeks old. They are in their coop at night. I’ve hung water from the lowest roost so they have water at night but in the morning the coop is WET! I end up throwing out all the wet shavings into the yard. The roosts are still clean which indicates to me they are NOT roosting yet...
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    7 weeks and water

    My girls are 7 weeks old and in their hen house for the evening. Should I be furnishing them food and water for them when they are in their hen house for the evening?
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    Poop question

    My girls are 6 weeks old. They have been Outside in coop now the last couple of days. One of them has runny poop. Should I be concerned? Yesterday I gave them some meal worms. Too much, too soon? I gave them some lettuce today. They have grit and feed and water. What is your best...
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    Hawks

    Question regarding hawks...I have strung string in a grid pattern overhead. Will that be enough protection? I also have shade cloth that I could put up if needed.
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    One thing I didn’t get to do today was to handle them and put them in their larger play pen. Maybe they have pent up energy? They kept looking up at me so expectantly - am I just feeling guilty? Thank you Chicalina. You are absolutely right! I turned their light back on and they immediately...
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    As far as I can tell, the eating, drinking and pooping are on target. I guess I’ll just turn the TV up higher and hope they settle down eventually.LOL!!! Thanks for your timely responses. 💋💋💋
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    They were fine last night w the lamp off but this morning one of them started complaining loudly! They are all quite loud right now. Are they coming into their voice? They just seem upset about something and I don’t read chicken lips very well yet.🐥
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    Their heat lamp is off per your suggestion. It’s about 70-75 degrees in the house. But they have been screaming MOST of the day. Is it the age? (4 wks) or am I missing something? They have food and water.......
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    My baby girls are YELLING!! They have food, they have water..... what am I missing? I feel like they are screaming about something! Or is this just the age? (Not quite 4wks old)
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    Need something to line coop floor....

    I just went to my local flooring store and they sold me a big scrap piece of linoleum for $5 bucks
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    My fencing at the moment is chain link. I have shade cloth for the run, but it’s not up yet.
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    Almost 4 weeks old- bad behavior?

    First time Chicky Momma here. My girls are three weeks old and currently in a play pen in the house. It’s been warm during the day so I’ve only used the heat lamp at night. 1. They seem to be starting to be mean to each other, flying at each other.? 2. Medicated or non medicated feed? 3. When...
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