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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    We have pet rats that are very smart & sweet creatures. Wild rats are clever scavengers that are a pain in the rear in some environments and honored in others. Just depends on the point of view.
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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    Oh and one egg was covered in yoke, so I’m guessing she ate an egg or two...
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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    We just candled them - of the 10 left, 9 had solid something and an air pocket on one end. 1 was liquid...so we tossed that one and figured we’d let her sit a few more days and see what happens. it wasn’t obvious that the solid darker side was a chick, but they weren’t clearly rotten...
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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    The square wire is 1/4inch squares. I think a teeny baby snake would be the only thing that could get thru the wire - but mama would kill a snake that size easy (I’ve seen this mama hen kill and eat a big lizard) This hen has been broody many times in her life and I think she has raised chicks...
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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    I never candled the eggs...I noticed her sitting on them Oct 1st so I moved her and her eggs to the A-frame hutch on Oct 1st...and left her alone. I would assume there are either chicks in the remaining eggs or they are rotten...is it too late to candle them?
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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    Small Square wire Floor & Sides. We’ve used it several times for Mamas to raise babies in...never have had disappearing eggs. I looked under the hutch - no holes...so nothing coming up underground... Has anyone heard of a mama hen eating her chicks completely...no trace...no blood...no...
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    Hen Eating Her Chicks?

    I have a broody hen that was sitting on 12 eggs - I’ve been checking in on her and day 21 She was still sitting on 12 eggs. She’s very protective of her eggs. I’ve hatched out chicks before. HOWEV Day 22 there are only 11 eggs in the hutch. Day 23 there are only 10 eggs. No chicks anywhere...
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    Weak chick (picture and video) ideas???

    Update: "Katy" is doing well...she's a little nutty, has some quirky behaviors, like obsessively watches and drinks from the drip system dropper for the time it's on, she loves dripping water, so if there is a drizzle of water anywhere she runs to it and pecks until she gets dry ground, then...
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    Has anyone crossed a Blue Orpington Rooster with Buff Orpington Hens

    So does anyone have an educated guess on what these crosses would make? The black roo with the splash hen The grey roo with the splash hen The grey roo with any other hen The splash roo with splash hen The splash roo with any of the other hens. I currently have too many ALL BLACK...
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    Has anyone crossed a Blue Orpington Rooster with Buff Orpington Hens

    I love the guessing game too. During spring and summer (because my garden isn't fenced off yet) my chickens unfortunately have a smaller area to roam, unless I phyically one by one relocated them to a giant snail patch in the yard.... During fall and winter they have a much larger area to...
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    Has anyone crossed a Blue Orpington Rooster with Buff Orpington Hens

    Yes I agree, hatch more babies....problem is space with three roosters that are fighting...so currently two of the Roos are in what I consider too small of a space for true happiness... ...I need the LOVE COOP for Brody mama to hatch babies.... Soooo the Roos are likely going to chicken dinner...
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    Has anyone crossed a Blue Orpington Rooster with Buff Orpington Hens

    Here is the other rooster I have to work with.... He's a brother to the black one above.... (So I have a black Orpington/EE mix, a blue Orpington/EE mix and a Americana splash for roosters) and here is a pic of the ladies....
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    Has anyone crossed a Blue Orpington Rooster with Buff Orpington Hens

    Here are the two I have trapped in the "LOVE COOP" He's mostly black, but has a lot of brown/red on his neck. (His dad was a pure blue Orpington and mom was an tan colored EE) She is a pure splash Ameracauna (although dirty and needs a bath!...note brownish tan dirt on her) becasue she is...
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    Has anyone crossed a Blue Orpington Rooster with Buff Orpington Hens

    This is what our blue Orpington looked like...(had to switch him out for a blue splash Ameracauna because the blue orpington was too agressive and attacked my kids, he has since become chicken dinner) but we incubated some of his eggs that were mixed with EE hens and the rusults were mostly...
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    Crossing Black Australorp Rooster x Splash Orpington Hen = All Blue chicks???

    I have a black rooster (which is half blue Orpington and half easter egger) And a full splash Ameracauna. Will their babies all be blue? And how long before old roosters juice is gone and black rooster is in their for sure???
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    Can chickens eat tomatoes?

    Here is a handy list to reference https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-treat-chart-the-best-treats-for-backyard-chickens My chickens eat tomatoes....and I have not noticed egg reduction...my girls eat almost any fruit or veg we have left over....nothing for the compost after they have...
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    How Do You "mark" Your Baby Chicks To Tell Them Apart?

    When you dye your hair with koolaid you have to use boiling water...I don't think it would be easy to convince a chick to dunk a bit of their fluff in boiling hot water...but you might be able to dip a small bit of a wing feather if long enough? And maybe someone has experience with warm water...
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    Dwindling guinea flock, need suggestions

    * plague....autocorrect hates me! Lol plagues the vineyard!
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    Dwindling guinea flock, need suggestions

    Yes....our original plan (when we had 17) was to let them roam free in our vineyard to eat ticks and bugs that league the vineyard...each season getting more and more, letting nature take its course with babies, etc.......but not wanting mass death on our hands! Sooooo will rethink vineyard plan...
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    Dwindling guinea flock, need suggestions

    Well we just decided to wing it and put the guineas in with the chickens... Because we lack a safe home for the guineas other wise and I didn't think they wanted to spend another day in the bathroom shower! So far it appears the two species equally ignore, are equally content and equally...
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