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  1. Phantom_k9

    Will a Hawk return to a flock?

    I don't know if its just coincidental, but after I set up the owl a hawk was flying high above the yard. Just as he crossed the fence line (be it really high in the air) he sorta paused, hanged in the air a bit, and shifted 45 degrees in the other direction. Could be a coincidence, but I...
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    Will a Hawk return to a flock?

    you gotta move them often otherwise hawks and other birds will figure out its fake. At least thats what I have heard
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    Will a Hawk return to a flock?

    unfortunately I have no idea what kind of hawk this was. It looked like a medium sized, barred brown / white hawk. My guesses are a Red Shoulder, Broad Wing, or some species of Falcon. I didn't get any pictures so i'm going off memory. I can cross off the Red Tail and Coopers just because this...
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    Will a Hawk return to a flock?

    I am, it just isn't the most ideal...
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    Will a Hawk return to a flock?

    Late this evening, I was going outside today to check on our scissor beak when I saw a medium sized, barred hawk (idk species) fly into a near by tree. Four of our birds (including our roo) were out in the field grazing. About 10 seconds later, I see the bird swooping down towards the birds. I...
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    Found a lot of eggs, do I leave them?

    I probably woudln't use them either, more just impressed that there was this many that we never noticed. With leaving them in there I was thinking that she might be trying to hatch them? If so I figured it probably wouldn't hurt to let her go through with it. In fairness, I don't really know
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    Found a lot of eggs, do I leave them?

    Hello! So this morning has been a very strange sequence of events. Lot of weird stuff with how my birds got off their roost, our RIR laid an egg up high and kicked it down (not breaking it to my surprise), etc. After I let everyone out, our RIR went and laid down in an old playhouse we wanted to...
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    Blood in poop, possible Cocci?

    I did just give them some granite grit a week ago, so that could explain the red. Generally speaking, they all seem fine so unless they develop any more symptoms I'll just assume its the grit causing this. Thanks for the responce!
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    Blood in poop, possible Cocci?

    Hello! I've noticed a bit of red / pink in in the general poop in the coop. I know it is normal for birds to have some red in their poop, I've seen it before. Just wanted to make sure this isn't anything I should be worried about. The potential bird(s) affected have already been in quarantine...
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    I don't know if I would be able to. Had the same issue with the last bird, and I don't think I could do another at home necropsy on this bird. With the last one, I think what he had was genetic, further hindered by a fatty liver (which we might have accidentally caused). If that is true, I...
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    He died this morning. I wish I could have done something to stop this, but I had no idea what this was nor was I finding anything out. RIP Hershey, you did good.
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    Roo attacking Hen?!

    Dang, why does the pecking order have to look so brutal? I guess I'll just take my approach to roo fights; don't intervene unless its going to far
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    Roo attacking Hen?!

    the cockerel* is 7 months, the hen is 19 months
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    Roo attacking Hen?!

    No, its not mating. (I think) Just a day or two ago, our Roo was chasing one of our hens around. When my mother got to the scene, they were both starring each other off, heads down, neck feathers out. I have no idea what could have caused this, since they have been fine for a while now.
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    Update: We are about to be finished giving him antibiotics. He has good days and he has bad days. However, last night I think he might have fallen. He was up on a higher roost when we left him, and then he moved down to a lower platform after a few minutes. When I went to check on the birds last...
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    Another quick update: He did start to crow when our other roo started crowing. Don't know if this is relevant or not but I'm taking it as a good sign.
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    Morning update: His condition didn't change a whole lot, but I have a feeling that he is becoming more alert. He was looking around and half sitting up when I walked into the coop. The vet gave be some Tetracycline powder to mix into a gallon of water, and I gave him a small bowl and he nearly...
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    We were, but we have since thrown out our layer and started to give everyone all flock, with egg shells on the side. Think that is what caused the fatty liver in the bird we just lost.
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    We went ahead and let him roost. He only jumped up to the first roost, rather than the third (where he usually sits). Just checked on him and he seems ok; he's got his head under his wing but I've seen him do this before. We're going to start giving him the medicine provided tomorrow. Praying we...
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    Roo puffed up and still, don't know what to do.

    I couldn't tell ya. I would assume he isn't an avian specialist, rather a general livestock type of doc. However, when we were leaving the clinic we saw a flock of chickens not a quarter of a mile on our way back home. So I would imagine that he knows what he is doing to some degree.....
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