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    Will a chicken sit on quail eggs?

    I'm bored enough I kind of want to try hatching grocery store quail eggs. I don't have an incubator, but I do have a Barred Rock hen that acts like she's about to go broody . . . my question is, would a hen sit on quail eggs, given the size difference? I know hens will hatch out ducks and...
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    Handfeeding squabs

    I noticed someone locally on craigslist is selling pigeon squabs that are still young enough to need hand feeding (they're still fuzzy). I feel bad for them - I have some experience raising baby animals and I kind of want to get one to try and save it, but I know this would be encouraging the...
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    Hen turning into rooster?

    Here's the story: Toes, my Salmon Faverolles, is the lowest on the totem pol out of my flock of 9 hens. The other hens bully her out of the coop at night so she always perches on top, so every night I have to toss her in the coop before I lock it. Last night when I went out I noticed her head...
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    Eating her own feathers? Going to get the chills?

    I've noticed my 4 year old Gold Laced is yanking out her own moulting feathers and eating them. She's got a bald spot on her back and a large one around the base of her neck. This morning there were so many feathers on the porch it looked like someone had a pillow fight. I'm a little concerned...
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    How to find local Ordinances?

    We're looking into moving to somewhere in Maryland, Virginia or possibly West Virginia, and since I'm the Chicken Boss of the household I want to make sure I can keep my flock, and would like to look into expanding it in the future (and maybe adding a turkey or two). I don't know much about laws...
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    Silly things Broody Hens Do

    So Rhoda, my 9 month old Barred Rock, has gone broody for the first time. As soon as I make her get off the nest, she runs over to the big water bowl, has a quick drink, then hops in and does a little splashy dance! I've never seen her or any of the others do this. Sometimes she'll get in and...
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    They snatched her bald!

    I've got a flock of 9 hens, all different breeds, three sets of ages - 3 three year olds, 3 one year olds and 3 nine month olds. The pack order pretty much sorts by age with the older ones on top and the younger ones on the bottom. They free range in our large back yard all day and go into a...
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    Pullet hanging from fence!

    When I got up to feed the girls this morning, I found my 4 month old Barred Rock pullet Rhoda hanging by her foot from the fence - I suspect she'd slipped and gotten it stuck between two slats. No idea how long she had been hanging there. There are some bloody abrasions right above her foot...
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    Rhoda the lonely pullet

    Back in December I got a trio of chicks - Barred Rock, Faverolles and Blue-Laced Red Wyandotte. Unfortunately the Wyandotte and Faverolle turned out to be little roosters, and we're not zoned for roosters, so I had to return them to the breeder. Since then, the Rhoda, the rockie, has been super...
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    Am I a rooster?

    I've never had a rooster, so I'm not entirely sure how to distinguish them from pullets at a young age - anyone feel like lending an expert hand? Here's my blue-laced Wyandotte chick, which I got back in the beginning of December. She's a bit taller than the others, definitely more aggressive -...
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    Suddenly strange-acting, cold, limp hen - please help!

    Hi folks, I'd appreciate any help or suggestions. Situation is this: Raquel is a 10 month old Barred Rock hen. We keep the chickens in a large back yard with access to their henhouse and the back porch, which is roofed. She seemed in perfect health at noon. We've been having heavy rain all day...
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