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  1. Phantom_k9

    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?

    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?

    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 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.

    Hello In a previous post I made, I described the symptoms of our Polish Roo (about a year and a half old). For months, he has been very lethargic and his comb has been pale for some time now. We lost a cockerel about a month or two ago and he showed similar symptoms; he was the last bird we...
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    Question about changing flock's feed?

    Hello We have recently lost a young cockerel (4 months old), suddenly and out of the blue. I have already made a few threads about trying to figure this out, however I still am a bit confused on what did him in. Without posting pictures, he did have a pale / fatty liver, leading me, others on...
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    Our Coop!

    Hello I have been meaning to make a post with pictures of our coop for a while now, finally got around to doing it! It is a bit of a mess, so apologies... I was not able to get any measurements, but when I do I will update this post! We made our coop design a bit different from your average...
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    NECROPSY: Sudden seizure-like death in bird, stood still and puffed up, found asleep in the coop (Warning, graphic!)

    Hello We just lost a cockerel yesterday to what seemed to be a heart attack. He had been standing still several times for the past few days, and he would get all puffed up. I thought he was just cold... Yesterday we went out to find him asleep on the ground. We took him in to warm him up, and a...
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    Need Help Identifying Possible Sickness...

    Hello We just lost our youngest roo today, and I am now trying to figure out what happened. I made a post during the ordeal, which you can find here https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/emergency-bird-asleep-in-coop-might-have-gotten-too-cold.1425439/ He had been puffed up for the last day...
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    bird asleep in coop, might have gotten too cold

    Went outside to find on of our birds laying down on its side, it’s 37° outside. Picked him up, took him inside, am holding him currently under a heat lamp, wrapped up. His comb looks dark in places, his eyes are shut but he is still moving. He opens his eyes when we turn the lamp off or touch...
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    Flock Integration?

    Hello! Currently, we have about four generations (technically 6) of birds in our coop; the forth being the ones we are trying to introduce. Over time, we have bought new birds, and been given new birds; but I don't feel that any have properly "integrated". I could be wrong, but I'm not sure...
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    How to deal with the cold?

    Good Morning! I'm sure this site has been / is about to get flooded with post about the cold, and unfortunately I have to contribute. Winter is just now starting to come around, and I feel a bit underprepared. We usually just open the automatic doors to our coop, and just let our birds free...
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    Hen has stopped laying, confused?

    Hello! One of our hens has just up and stopped laying. It has been about a week since she has last laid, and we are getting worried. We have lost a hen to impaction, but I don't believe this one has the same. She is pooping fine, and has past the two day threshold. She is only a year old, so I...
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    Sluggish Rooster...

    Hello all! For a while now, our oldest roo (13-14 months old, golden laced polish) has been acting strange and unhealthy. I'll attach a picture to this post when I am able. His comb / beard looks either pale or orange, he has gotten more slow and doesn't really chase after bugs as much as the...
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    Bird is weak after attempt to trim beak.

    Hello all! Just last night I attempted to trim our scissor beak chickens beak. She was showing signs of malnourishment. Trimmed the top with out a problem, but I cut to far on the bottom beak and she started to bleed. For about 5-6 times, I would apply cornstarch, hold her, set her down, and she...
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    Emergency, trim beak bleed

    Tried to trim scissor beak, cut bottom too far. Bottom beak is bleeding. I’ve attemyed to stop it with corn start here but when I let her go she rubs it off, need advise on how to proceed
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    Advice for buying birds during COVID?

    Hello all, Last week, we lost a bird to a hawk, and just this morning we lost THREE to a neighbors dog. We have been trying to buy some birds / chicks for a while now, but so far every hatchery has been either sold out or requires you to buy like 25 birds just to make a purchase. Currently, we...
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    Dog attack, three birds dead, how to legally proceed?

    Hello all, While I was away at school, a neighbors dog got loose and killed three of our birds. We have just lost one to a hawk, now three? Our flock is down to 8... I do not know the full story (I'll make a reply with more info once I do), but from my understanding, the dog owner came to us...
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    How to deal with a mean RIR hen?

    Hello all, So let me paint a picture for yall. We used to have 2 roosters and only 2 hens that would free range. Recently, we have taken on 6 chicks (about 6-7 months old), and we have gotten rid of one of our roos (the beta). Also, in light of a hawk attack / hawk migration, our flock is...
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    Questions about Guinea Fowl

    Hello all, In light of a recent hawk attack, I have been scrambling to find ideas / solutions / preventives when it comes to hawks. Out of the solutions given to me, the most "appealing" would be getting a guard dog (takes a lot of time and money), decoy crows / owls, or guinea fowl. Yes, I do...
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