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  1. RouttyChicks

    One eyed chicken lays outside the box

    Put golf balls in there and show them to her. Works every time for mine. Hopefully it will for yours too.
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    Sick chicken?

    Ms Speckles just passed away in my arms tonight. Seems stupid to be so sad and heartbroken over a chicken. I loved her like any other pet. I was so glad i was here when she passed and she knows i did everything i could to make her better. I knew the odds were against me saving her so i made her...
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    Sick chicken?

    Correct, it is availiable to her in her water along with the syringe doses i am giving her. How would i know if her crop is emptying over night? This morning her tail feathers were soaked in poo because she won't stand to poop. I washed her in warm water and dried her off. She seems to be not...
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    Sick chicken?

    I did mix the Corid like in post 4. I went out this morning to see what the neck/crop of a health chicken feels like and i definitly think it is impacted crop. She has a lump at the base of her throat on the right side like i read on the internet. I massaged it, at first it was quite hard/stiff...
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    Sick chicken?

    Thank you eggcessive - so i assume you cannot tell if they are eggbound from an external exam? Ok now for a stupid question - ( i have only had four chickens since April and this is my first sick one) is there only one hole back there? i.e. do they poop and lay eggs out of the same hole? I have...
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    Sick chicken?

    Someone suggested i check for egg binding. Not sure how to check for egg binding. I feel down there but don't feel anything unusual but i'm not sure what i am checking for. I assume it would be obvious if there was an egg there that would not pass? I went to TSC and got some Cordin (is that an...
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    Sick chicken?

    Thank you, just got back from TSC and got the powered Corid. Hoping for the best.
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    Sick chicken?

    She has not started laying yet. Where do i find Corid? Thank you for your reply
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    Sick chicken?

    Sick Chicken - For the past two days my Rock has been acting very lethargic. She is eating and drinking but just sits in the corner with her head down. She is normally very active (5 months old) and recently she is just very sedate. Any suggestions?
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    Shoudl i Leave it

    Thanks - I removed the egg. Hopefully she will continue to lay in the boxes. I suppose it just takes time for a new momma to learn the routine.
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    Shoudl i Leave it

    I have four hens and only one is laying. Just got my fifth egg. It was laid in the nesting box. The previous four were laid in the run and on the floor of the coop. Glad she finally figured out what the nesting boxes are for. My question is should i leave the egg in the nesting box for a few...
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    Will black snakes harm my chickens and chicks?

    Holy crap - i just killed my first black snake. It began pouring down rain and i ran out to shut the coop door and he was 1/2 way in the door. I panicked, grabbed him by the tail and pulled him out of the coop and grabbed a shovel and finished him off. I realize they are not poisionus and...
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    Crumbles or Pellets

    Thanks - I think i will start on layer feed at 18 weeks.
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    Crumbles or Pellets

    Thanks everyone - i got the crumbles because i figured that is what they are used to but i may pick up a small bag of the pellets to scatter on the ground when i let them out in the evening. Another question - it says to start them on the layer feed when they turn 18 weeks but it seems i have...
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    Crumbles or Pellets

    My chicks turn 18 weeks old next week so i stopped by TSC to get a bag of layer feed and discovered it comes in crumbles or pellets. I was unsure which to get (or if it even mattered) so i got the crumbles. What's the difference?
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    Dust Bath?

    Thanks for the ideas. I will get a larger tub but wondering if i actually need a designated space for them to dust bathe. I have sand in the run and sprinkle it with DE every two weeks. I have never actually seen them take a dust bath i don't think, i see them laying in the sand but have never...
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    Dust Bath?

    I want to make an area for my four hens to dust bathe and was thinking i could use one of those tubs like you get from the hospital (you know, the one that is always on the counter in the rooms when you arrive). Am i on the right track for such a set up? What do i put in it for them to dust...
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    Issue with flies

    I like the bag idea. Maybe i will hang one outside on each end of the coop. Do they last the entire season or should i get some back-up's when i go and get them?
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    Issue with flies

    Went out this morning to clean the coop while it was cool and noticed a lot of flies. Hadn't noticed them previously but i suppose a few days straight in the 90's is to blame. What does everyone do (if anything) to help control the flies? Thanks
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    cedar vs pine

    I use the large pine shavings. It has been sifted to remove the dust etc. It is very absorbant and dries quickly if it gets wet. I too have heard that the ceder is toxic but some say it is not and use it successfully.
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