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    First predator loss today...

    Today was a sad day. I came home on my lunch break to find my Sicilian buttercup beheaded in a cloud of feathers near our hedge :( head was bloody and looked like the crop was partially eaten, but no other injuries. She was still warm and I didn’t want her life to go to waste so I skinned her...
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    Mystery chick with crest- legbar?

    I had thought this girl was a wellsummer until a couple days ago when she started developing a crest. She is four weeks old today. She came from Meyer so my options are cream legbar, olive egger, or lakeshore egger I think. Any thoughts? She’s one of my bravest and most personable chicks, I...
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    Blue Cochin? Something else?

    I wanted to see if someone can confirm the breed of one of my mystery chicks. She has feathered feet so I’m leaning towards the obvious blue Cochin, but she doesn’t quite look like the blue Cochin chicks I’ve seen. I know this could be because blue come in various shades? My only other real...
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    Bin babies...what am I?

    My first chicks are here!:ya Went to pick up my order from Meyer today and totally got suckered into the $2 bin babies :oops: Along with my bargain “hatchery pick” chicks, that should leave 10 in my order I am working on identifying. I started by taking out the ones I could identify from the...
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    Coop Renovation Progress [pic heavy]

    I’ve decided to create a thread where I can document the progress of my coop and run construction. The original plan was to build, but after Hubby started working a 2nd full-time job, it just wasn’t feasible in the time frame we wanted. I found this little 8x6 beauty on Facebook marketplace for...
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    1st Timers- Recent Chicks? Breeds? Come share pictures!

    I've spent most of my time so far in the coop/run forums and I am so excited to make the jump over to here. I'm a first-time chicken wrangler and am set to pick my chicks up at Meyer Hatchery on May 28th (I'm lucky I live only 45 minutes away!!) Here is what I have ordered: 4 buckeye females...
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    Run Construction w/ Deep Litter- Lumber Dimensions, etc?

    I feel like this is my millionth set of questions, but I just can't pass up the fount of knowledge that is this group :) I'm building a run similar to the one picture below: rectangular with a lean-to metal roof, w/ hardware cloth and a hardware cloth apron around the perimeter. I have some...
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    Metal roof for run- does color matter?

    Planning our run, looking at 8 ft wide, 8 ft tall, and 16 ft long with a “lean-to” style slanted roof. Menards has their steel roof panels on sale now and that’s what I plan to use. Husband thinks black would look best (it would) but I am concerned about heat. He doesn’t think it will really...
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    Attaching/securing a run with bigger dimensions than coop

    You all have been so helpful so far in my previous thread. As I work on the inside, I am contemplating run construction. The coop is about 8x6-ish with the pop door on one of the 6ft sides. I would like to build a covered run that is 8x16 and 8ft tall, but I am not sure the best way to secure...
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    Roost in front of window?

    Newbie here! :) I had posted a couple months ago for advice on coop design. While I fully intended on building, the costs added up quick and I was worried about construction in a timely manner as summer is also gardening season so I couldn’t pass up purchasing a used coop I found for a good...
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    Foundation/base for 8x8 coop?

    New member here! I’ve been obsessively pouring over old threads while I have been planning and designing the 8x8 coop I plan to build this spring (in Ohio). My main concern is figuring out how to do the foundation- I wanted some pros and cons of my possible options. Plan: walk-in 8x8 coop...
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