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    goose being alienated

    Up until a few weeks ago, our 3 geese were getting along fine. I believe we have 2 males and 1 female. The younger of the 2 males (by a couple months)runs off the other one. I thought they would work it out. The bullied goose can't even sleep with the group anymore and we have to walk him into...
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    Wanted more in depth info on turkeys

    I just read the reviews of the Storey's Guide to Turkeys and not sure if it is the book for me. I want to know more about them and their behavior. I have 2 turkeys right now. I believe I have a Bourbon Red tom and a Narragansett hen. Do the toms always stay puffed out? Ours are around 6 months...
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    New this week, roosting in trees, how to stop it?

    I don't know what the deal is, but my roughly 3 month olds are taking to the trees above the coops! First it was 3, didn't even know it until they were out before I let everyone else out the next morning. Then, 6 started doing it and now 10 tonight. They are too high for me to get to them, but I...
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    How to tell if it is a commercial white?

    We went to the feed store and picked up one of each kind of turkey they had. All have feathering on their wings, backs,etc but still downy on the head. Then, in a pen all by itself was a downy turkey just starting to feather on the wings. It is feathering out white and is yellow with a lighter...
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    Neck issue with month old Africans

    We have 2 one month old Africans. They go outside during the day as it has been in the upper 80s-lower 90s here. By the end of the day, they have swelling on the sides of their necks. Almost like the neck muscles starting right under the chin has shifted to the side. They don't seem to be in any...
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    Which kind(s) should I get?

    We have a 40 acre wooded place, have chickens, geese and ducks already but would like to add a couple turkeys to our list. I am stuck between Slate Blue, BR, or Royal Palm. We don't want them for food, just fun. Which one can be the friendliest or easiest to deal with?
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    Give up on broody hens?

    I have about 5 serious brood hens, 2 have been sitting on eggs for 5 weeks now. I know they have been disturbed and eggs have disappeared (think I have an egg eater hen) and to add to the mess they are in the coop with the layers, so they get a fresh supply. Had eggs cracked open in middle of...
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    Ugh, got a meat bird by accident............

    DH picked out what he thought was a rare bird at the feed store and it has turned out to be a Cornish cross. It is so huge, I feel so sorry for it, hardly any feathers. We have it out with all the "normal" birds. She goes all over, even does some scratching. There is no way we will butcher the...
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    Already Addicted

    Hello all! I'm from the Missouri Ozarks and technically got into chickens last year when my husband brought home 12 day old Rhode Island Red/Speckled Sussex Crosses. I raised them, with great fear. We gave back the 5 roos and kept the 7 hens. After I realized they were going to be fine and I...
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    Frizzle Cochin Bantams?

    Are these hard to find? I've been going to various feed stores for the past 2 months and think I may have found 2 recently, MAYBE. I have read that you should be able to tell by a week old or so, but I seem to be still guessing at 2 weeks old!
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    New to chickens, need help with rescued Silkies

    We have just started raising chickens. 3 weeks ago we received 11, day old, chicks that are Rhode Island Red/Speckled Sussex crosses. I was so nervous as I wasn't planning on getting chicks, but older established hens! They are doing great! The other day we were out looking at rabbits at a...
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