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  1. Khalpers

    WHO LAID THIS!?!?!?

    What color are her feet? Cuckoo Marans have pinkish feet. Rocks have yellow feet. I have a Maran, a Rock and Dominique. I did not know who was who and what was what until someone here told me to look at the feet!
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    Help! Chicken Game of Thrones! Who do I put where?

    I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years. I would sooner cull some roosters than allow them to torture my hens. I agree that if you figure out the rooster situation, the older hens will stop picking on the pullets. You said the only joy you’ve ever found in chickens is when they are babies. Have you...
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    Any have an OverEZ coop?

    These are great tips. Thanks!
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    Any have an OverEZ coop?

    Hi! Yes, it wil give them access to the run, which is covered and quite indestructible even the tree that fell did not break it! Thank you. :)
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    Any have an OverEZ coop?

    I think we’ll raise it up a bit on cinderblocks or something else so that it’s not on the ground. That should make it harder for predators, right? I want to discourage rot so it will last a long time. Thank you!
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    Any have an OverEZ coop?

    Looks great and what a cutie. Thank you! I have five hens and am thinking about the medium coop. I'd make it open out into their large, secured run (like their current coop does). Thing is, they have a roosting bar that's outside the current coop (a pre-fab model with a run attached) that three...
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    Any have an OverEZ coop?

    Hi! Has anyone had an OverEZ coop? They're Amish built and sold at Tractor Supply. They look extremely sturdy and have excellent reviews (rare for pre-fab!), but I haven't had much luck with pre-fab coops in the past. We had some storm damage on our current coop, which we planned to replace in...
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    For fans of Game of Thrones

    Thanks! I got the picture taken at an exhibition of the show props and costumes. My friend added Rosie, Henrietta and Ms. Jackson.
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    For fans of Game of Thrones

    Thought some fellow GoT fans would appreciate this self-portrait. ;)
  10. Khalpers

    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    As soon as she got out of the carrier this morning, she started sunbathing. :)
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    Update: I saw a vet this morning who has much more experience with chickens and keeps a flock of retiree hens himself. The culture for mg came back negative. He wasn’t concerned about the broken egg, but he said her crop was very doughy. He prescribed amoxicillin and metoclopramide. She is back...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    Thank you for the reply. I am feeling pretty worried. I left a message for the vet earlier, and I'll hopefully hear back tomorrow with the culture results. At least then, maybe I'll know if she can go back with her flock mates. The vet we saw said she didn't have a lot of experience with...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    I haven't heard of Salpingitis but will ask the vet tomorrow. She eats an organic layer feed usually, and they get mealworms as snacks, occasionally some greens from the garden, and they forage in the yard a few hours a day. I don't feed them a ton of leftovers or anything. The past three days...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    Hi! Thanks so much. I have been wondering too why she's being treated for respiratory because neither she nor the other birds is showing any signs of respiratory distress. (Sorry to be unclear; they took a throat culture to test for mycoplasma, not a fecal sample.) I'm going to give them a call...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    Update: Still waiting on test results for the culture. She ate a little scrambled eggs and yogurt yesterday. A few mealworms this morning. She’s pooping a lot but only a tiny bit at a time. It’s greenish yellow, brown and white and sort of slimey. I still need to get out to the store and get...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    Thank you again. She ate a little scrambled egg this morning. I started her on the antibotiocs (dissolved in water). She looks alert but is withdrawn. I’ve seem people post about hens getting depressed when separated from the flock. She can see them in their run now. Thanks so much for the...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    Thanks! I was reading through your thread and wondering if maybe my hen also needs calcium (in her water if that’s a thing?) She still hadn’t eaten anything when we brought her in for the night, but maybe tomorrow she’ll perk up. How did you get yours to take calcium and D3? I’m glad she’s...
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    Broken shell in vent, vet visit, antibiotics, etc.

    This morning, there was a shell-less (and rather scrambled) egg under the roost. I figured out the culprit was my Ameraucauna, Henrietta, pretty quickly because she had a piece of egg stuck to her vent. She's two years old, a reliable egg layer, very docile good girl. I got her in a shallow tub...
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    I miss my bird feeders

    I haven’t been filling my bird feeders the past few months because I didn’t like the chickens vacuuming up seeds that fall below. It’s been pretty wet here in Middle Tennessee, and I thought it best to avoid them possibly eating moldy seeds. But I miss having the feeders full. Has anyone worked...
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