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    Does anyone have the multiple-grafted fruit trees? I ordered a few and would like some feedback.

    Well, funny you should ask. The ridiculously deep frost, deer, voles and Japanese beetles killed them and I never got a chance to find out. I have a few that we planted after that and they seem to be growing ok, but the Stanley plum never flowers. :idunno I live near so many wonderful...
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    Breed please? She was all black but now has brown

    It's a boy! His name is Jake, but I still don't know what breed. He is very nice to his Khaki Campbell wifey, Daisy. I know he is probably a mix, and we love him. He doesn't let the chickens run the show, and he is outnumbered 29-2.
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    Do all drakes do a "victory lap" after mating? ;)

    Wonderful! I knew I'd like having ducks, but had no idea about this.
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    Do all drakes do a "victory lap" after mating? ;)

    I have a drake, whose name is Jake. The duck pool is outside the run as of now. When things start freezing, I will put a smaller pool in the run. I am new to ducks, and I love my two. Every morning, when I let chickens and ducks out of the run, Daisy and Jake head straight for the pool and...
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    Methods for keeping water from freezing

    I don't do a moat. I have a few hens with longer wattles that just the tips dip in the water. They get very dry and cracked but haven't ever had any turn black and fall off. I have mostly breeds that have shorter wattles. I am up u the Canadian border inNY state.
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    Methods for keeping water from freezing

    Yes, actually I did. I went to Petsmart and got an 18 watt heated dog bowl (holds about 1 gallon) and ran an an extension cord. You can also order them on the internet if you don't have a Petsmart by you. I specifically wanted very low wattage. This uses less than a 25 watt cfl bulb so I...
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    And then there was one. :(

    Well, here goes nothing.
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    And then there was one. :(

    I go tomorrow to look at a khaki Campbell companion for our feathered lawn ornament. A 4H teen hatched a bunch of them and is willing to part with 1 or 2. My current duck is 7 weeks old and the others are 3 months old. I guess I will see the size difference when I see them tomorrow to figure...
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    And then there was one. :(

    My husband brought home 3 ducklings from the hardware store May 15th. Right away I noticed that the crested duck had a wry neck and possibly deformed wing on one side. He was a little wobbly but otherwise getting around ok. The other 2 were happy and healthy. I started supplementing niacin...
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    Breed please? She was all black but now has brown

    Well, I guess we will have a surprise when she is older. I'll post another photo in a month or so. :D. Here is a photo of her the day after DH brought them home. All black.
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    Breed please? She was all black but now has brown

    Can feed store assortments be mixes? I thought they were assortments of different breeds. I'm not saying the hatchery they were purchased from has exemplary breeding stock, but I wouldn't think they'd be mutts. That hasn't been my experience with chickens, anyway. :). She has lots of...
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    Breed please? She was all black but now has brown

    She is a hardware store duck. Cashier had no idea. My husband brought home 3 ducklings and 3 turkeys (Not sure their breed either). The other 2 ducks are Pekin and crested.
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    Breed please? She was all black but now has brown

    I think this is a female, she was all black as a duckling. She is about a month old. I think it's a cayuga. I'm new to ducks. Thank you. :)
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    Atheists and Humanists Group

    Thanks. But the closest one to me is in Canada. It's over an hour away. The next closet is 2.5 hours drive, and then after that it's a 5 hr drive. :-/
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    Atheists and Humanists Group

    Hi! Just curious. Does anyone belong to local groups for community service, humanist groups, etc. I haven't found one in my area. I would have to travel more than an hour to get to one. I do lots of community-related activities, but there isn't a specific secular group where I live. Be well.
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    NY chicken lover!!!!

    They're very amusing. Getting a little braver every day. Tonight, one of them was brave enough to sleep on the perch near the nest boxes. The other two were still sleeping on the floor. I believe tomorrow night she'll be up on the roosts. The other two just kept looking up at her like...
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    NY chicken lover!!!!

    Yep, I'm not the right human, so they're scared. They're very attached to one another, though. They are never far from one another and are always preening each other. Very cute. :)
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    NY chicken lover!!!!

    The birds I got from marquisella are doing well and have sharing free range time with the main flock for the last couple of days. Tonight, I closed the door between runs and they went in the big coop on their own. (Given the choice they went in their old baby coop.). They are no longer...
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    FOGHORN LEGHORN~ "Lookit here son, I say, I say son, did ya see that hawk after those hens? ....

    A few years ago I read a publication from the extension office in Connecticut. They said that keeping the grass short, the leaves raked, and mulching the perimeter of the wood line helps keep them in the woods, but half my yard where the coop is is under a stand of oaks. :-/
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