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    egg shell with "clear areas"

    Yesterday it had two of the lighter spots. I did more research and found it's called a glassy or mottled egg shell. I'm guessing it has to do with the age of this chicken since she seems fine otherwise. Now I just wonder if they are safe to eat?
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    egg shell with "clear areas"

    I'm not sure how to describe my question, and maybe that's why I haven't been able to find any posts on it. I have a 5 year old Brown Leghorn and she lays regularly, but I've noticed her last few eggs have looked a little different. Towards the pointy end of the egg there has been a small area...
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    when does mother hen take chicks to eat

    Hi! We've raised chicks before, but have never let a broody hatch her own. When will she start taking the chicks out to eat? She is in a nesting box, I can tell she's been out, but I'm not sure the chicks have gone with her yet. They hatched two days ago. Should I help make sure they all...
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    Separate broody hen from flock?

    Thanks for your replies! There is another nest box and plenty of room for the other hen and chicks. The broody is pretty protective of her eggs when I peek in, but not with the other hen. I wonder if the other hen will try and help with the chicks when they hatch? I thought of another...
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    Separate broody hen from flock?

    Hi! I have a Silkie sitting on 9 fertile eggs. She is due to hatch them in about 4 days if my timing is correct. Currently she is in a nesting box in a small coop that she normally shares with just one other Silkie. (It's probably 3x4 feet, but they literally cram in the same nesting box...
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    how many males together?

    They are all still in the same place, but they seem to have been finding enough space to be on their own. I've actually seen less fighting (I only really saw it for a day or two). Funny part is that the one male has taken over the area the pair were hanging out. I put another food dish in so...
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    how many males together?

    We hatched some grocery store quail eggs 6 weeks ago and ended up with 3 males and one female. Up until a few days ago they all lived happily together. About 3 days ago one male started chasing the other two off so they have each found other places to live, but they seem "lonesome". Can I...
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    Week old chick with eye injury? or no eye?

    We hatched Silkie chicks a week ago. We had 14 and have given some away so it's easier to tell them apart now. While checking for pasty butt I noticed one chick with it's eye closed. It has a dryish patch above the eye. When I gently raise the eyelid we can see a watery looking gray area, but...
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    Any advice for newly hatched chicks?

    We just hatched chicks for our first time. We had 14 Silkie eggs and shockingly (to me at least) they all hatched! The first one hatched yesterday morning and the last one hatched this morning. Once the hatch was finished we moved the bigger and dry chicks into the brooder to help the newly...
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    A late hatch

    We have pipping in 2!
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    A late hatch

    The only reason I remember the date the I set them is because we went to a garden show that day, otherwise I think I would've lost track. Have you seen any signs of hatching or heard any chirping? This is the first time I've tried hatching chicken eggs, I've only hatched quail and we could...
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    A late hatch

    I'm also on the start of day 21. Our eggs were set February 25 early afternoon. I'm checking and checking to see if anything is moving and so far nothing. We have 14 Silkie eggs. I'm so nervous none will hatch. Hopefully we will both see some hatching starting soon!!
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    Another egg eater question

    Thanks again for more helpful replies!! This group of chickens all hatched at the beginning of August so they've only been laying around a month (although the others they live with range from 2-5 years old), So I'm betting it's related to the younger hens laying the thin shells or being...
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    Another egg eater question

    Thanks for all of your replies. I found yolk again on an egg and some wet shavings. No sign of shell or yolk on any beaks. No chickens seemed interested in the eggs that were still in the box. I bought them oyster shell to see if it is a shelless or thin shelled egg being laid and if that...
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    Quail id?

    Thanks! I guess I'll just have to wait and see then. Good luck with yours!
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    Another egg eater question

    I know there are plenty of egg eater questions, but I wasn't able to quite find what I was looking for. I think I have an egg eater but not quite sure. I found an egg last week that looked like it might have had been poked with a chicken toe. It was dented but not leaking and left in the nest...
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    Quail id?

    We just hatched some quail about a week ago. The eggs were bought at HMart, which is a grocery store. Of the 4 we have three look the same, they have the stripe down the back like the pictures I see of most Coturnix quail chicks. The 4th is quite a bit bigger and doesn't have the stripe down...
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    Candling on day 6 - picture

    I was surprised at just how well we could see. We just hatched some quail eggs before these and couldn't see anything at all through them.
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    Candling on day 6 - picture

    We have 15 Silkie eggs in the incubator. We thought we would give candling a try using my phone flashlight. We just looked at about 4 of the eggs and all 4 had veining and what I'm guessing is an eye. We could also see movement. It was a pretty exciting to see. Here's one of the eggs...
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