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  1. Alaskan

    Welcome to my pond - Swim, wade, or sit on the bank

    Uh.... no. That is not snow. -pat, pat- Ice balls count as hail. Hail is hard.. See how the stuff in your hands are solid hard ice balls?? That is hail. Snow is white and fluffy.... it comes from the sky in very soft crystals.... then piles up in mountains that block out the sun. Like...
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    Tell me about your "free-loaders"

    Yep, that.
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    What colour Orpingtons will they be?

    I agree.. looks splash to me too
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    Not slowing their role!

    Yep, highest most impressive egg production goes on until their first huge molt at about 18 months of age. This is why huge egg production houses get rid of all of the hens at their first big molt and replace them with pullets.
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    Caring for a depressed chicken

    Stress is stressful.... Time should take care of it.... Except the bullying is a bit worrisome. Try to figure out some change of management to alleviate that. So... extra feed and water stations, extra enrichment items like a pile of leaves or some hay, and lots of extra space.
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    Not slowing their role!

    It is breed dependent, and age dependent. The first winter, a high egg producer breed will often lay right through... even up here in my super dark winters. Following years they slow down... One of the high production breeds is of course Leghorns.
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    Egg laying

    Are you in the northern hemisphere? If so, might just need to wait a month for a little more daylight to help them start back up.
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    Is there a breed like this?

    I know you said you like eating chicken... but, though I am sure you could give away or sell any extra eggs.... it would be nice if you could eat them... And with that thought... have you tried quail eggs or duck eggs? I loved my Muscovy ducks... they tried to brood almost every egg they...
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    Welcome to my pond - Swim, wade, or sit on the bank

    :barnie :hugs:hugs:hugs
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    Free ranging and returning home

    I always make sure the flock is well trained to come when I call (call out, shaken with scratch, toss scratch) before letting them free range. Chasing chickens is tough and best done with 3 people and a dip net... Calling chickens to come to you... easy 1 person job.
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    Hen with spurs

    I I have a hen with similar spurs...maybe longer... I have never done anything about them... :hu Have you watched her roost? I don't think mine have any issues with their spurs.... but of course the way they curve can greatly impact if they are a problem or not....
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    Molting in dead of winter help!!

    Increase her nutrition if you can... I like freezer burnt salmon.. scrambled eggs are also a great choice. Make sure she is on a high protein feed (18 or 20% is good) You have her out of wind, which is great. I think Wisconsin is far enough south that you have 10 hours or more of...
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    Welcome to my pond - Swim, wade, or sit on the bank

    FYI, tiny cavities grown into bigger ones... Can't they just knock you out? Get super drugs? Quality, you aren't even aware you are there drugs? :hugs
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    Layer feed?

    I find that higher protein feeds (18 to 20 %) are better in the winter. I usually feed an all flock with oyster shell on the side, but a layer feed for a month or two when they are not laying should be fine.
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    Bucket De-icer too scary?

    Did you stick your finger in the water? I once had a de-icer that got a short and electrified the water. :oops: Other than the one shocking incident, I have never had an issue with animals caring that a de-icer was in the waterer.
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    How to keep water from freezing?

    Ours learn to drink from waterers that are freezing over. They all peck at the same spot to try to keep it open. But we just take out the frozen layer, refill.. or if it is frozen solid we pop out the solid ice cube and refill the pan. If it looks like it is freezing over in a couple of...
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    Official BYC Poll: Where Do You Buy Your Feed From & Why?

    Here in town we have 2 grocery stores, one is bulk groceries. The bulk grocery store carries feed... so I buy it there.
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    Using pipe heating tape in winter coop? Your thoughts?

    How cold does it get where you are at?
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    How narrow can a coop be?

    I think visualizing bantams as a basketball is a good visual. Also realize that except for shot hops (about 1 foot) chickens tend to flap up and down at 45 degree angles. Also, especially if you are planning a coop on the small side, a roofed run is golden. I would look at your yard...
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