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  1. k2panman

    We’ve got a coop with a million of these live or mites?

    Ok, thanks everyone. Permethrin is a synthetic insecticide. It is a synthetic version of pyrethrin. As we are going to be a certified organic farm, we need a natural insecticide. Has anyone used pyrethrin successfully? Permethrin does not break down as quickly and that may be better at...
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    We’ve got a coop with a million of these live or mites?

    Yes, the photos are true color. Their body appears to be light brown with dark brown markings.
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    We’ve got a coop with a million of these live or mites?

    Here are some close up photos of our pests. We were gone for 2 weeks and came back to a real mess. We have 7 chickens, a predator proof coop with an automatic door, 5 gallon bucket feeders and water buckets with the tickle nozzles. They free range on 5 acres. When we got home, besides having 2...
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    Blue Egg Thread

    Here’s our super layer Gerdie:
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    Blue Egg Thread

    We are getting slightly greenish blue eggs from our EE. She’s been laying for several weeks now. She laid these three in the last two days!
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    Should I change her name from Henski to Rooski?

    I’d trade him for a hen... his name is all wrong- not a hen, not a -ski... He is my best bug eater. When I catch a centipede, he can see it halfway across the yard and runs for it - grabs and runs away before the girls even get there. But when he starts crowing in the middle of the night or too...
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    Should I change her name from Henski to Rooski?

    Woah! A golden spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben... I’ll have to look that up. Thank God for cut and paste, I’m sure I couldn’t spell that accurately without a lot practice.
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    Should I change her name from Henski to Rooski?

    Oh. Thanks. A boy. Yea. Terri won’t let me make chicken and noodles. At least he’s great at catching centipedes, which is the main reason we got chickens. Crowing every morning is not good though. We do have a lot of cock fighting here - no it’s not legal. But there are obvious yards with a...
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    Should I change her name from Henski to Rooski?

    We have a Gold Laced Polish, Henski, that is 5½ months old. She has been crowing the last few mornings. We have no roosters but have a neighbor ¼ mile away that has fighting cocks - they crow day and night. Henski has also been trying to mount our other hens. We have no roosters (I hope). She...
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    Black hard lesions all over pullet’s head

    Thanks again Cragg. I will try to catch her tomorrow and get some photos inside her beak. I’ll probably have to make a new post to see if anyone can help me find antibiotics. Also, if there’s a thread somewhere with “good tips for new BYC owners”, I suggest newbies find a source for useful...
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    Black hard lesions all over pullet’s head

    I really can't tell which respiratory illness she has, and I haven't been able to find any antibiotics on our island. I'll check again tomorrow, but can anyone tell me if I can get some mail order, and do I need a vet to write a prescription? Seems I've bought antibiotics for cattle long ago...
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    Black hard lesions all over pullet’s head

    Thanks Eggcessive. Good info at that link. Inside her beak and down her throat nothing looked unusual, just light colored membranes.
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    Black hard lesions all over pullet’s head

    Thanks Cragg. I think that's what it is. We coated it all with VetRX and gave her several drops orally several times now. Her diarrhea is gone now, but she's breathing with her mouth open, and stretches out and makes a loud squawk occasionally. We see nothing unusual in her mouth. I've let...
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    Review by 'k2panman' in article 'Avian Pox in Chickens - Warning, Graphic Pictures (under construction)'

    good pictures! An informative and to the point article. Only thing missing is the name of the vaccine and where to get it.
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    Black hard lesions all over pullet’s head

    We have Henski, a 5 month old Gold Laced Polish pullet that has a cough, has shook her head and slung snot, and has black, hard crusty growths on her waffles and around her eyes. She was walking around with her mouth open. She is part of our daytime free range flock (they have a luxury suite...
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    Our coop is, after $1000+ and 50+ hours of construction time, nearly finished!

    Our coop is, after $1000+ and 50+ hours of construction time, nearly finished!
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    Castrating A Rooster ?!?

    I hope this is not too old of a post, but Sydney Acres, that is a great story, and very interesting and useful information! I don’t know if your experience had been saved as a Stickie (do we have them here on BYC?) but I think your information on castration/caponing is valuable information for...
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    Any other hawaiians out there?

    We finally have our coop built and need some chicks or hens here on the Big Island. We want to let the hens free range as we're on 5 acres. Our coop should accommodate about 12 chickens ( I will post photos after I finish assembly tomorrow). We would like a variety of breeds - we're mainly...
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    Review by 'k2panman' in article 'Nest Boxes; why do we make a sitting hens job so difficult?'

    Thanks for a great article! As a newbie, I was wondering what the best nesting materials were. Your observations and conclusions make very good sense. I really appreciate you taking the time and sharing this information. I just put together a nestbox condo - 3 in a row - built with plywood. I...
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    Who’s my mama? Who’s my daddy?

    My name is Henny Penny. I’m 2 years old, the last survivor on this mac nut farm near Waiohinu, Hawaii. My caretakers (newbies who inherited me - I came with the farm) think I may be a Golden Japanese Phoenix. There seem to be a lot of feral chickens on this island who look a lot like me. What do...
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