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  1. lovinlife

    Which end up?

    Howdy! I am on day 8 of my first attempt with my incubator. I just candled and it looks like I have 35 of 36 eggs that are growing chicks! This has been quite a journey with the heating element going out on day 2 and I improvised by using an adjustable lizard heating mat to keep the temp up...
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    Holes in the feet

    What causes holes in the webbing of a duckling's feet? He's about 10 days old. His feet wouldnt open up properly when he hatched and I had to separate him from the others. Their feet are fine, but he has holes in his. I put him back with the others today and he is so happy. He's walking fine and...
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    Newby duckling mama

    I have three ducks, one is a drake. My girls have sat on eggs before but nothing has ever happened. The two girls have kept eggs under them in their dog house shelter for a while recently, but I haven't given them much thought since they've never hatched anything out before. This time was...
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    Little Giant automatic waterer issue

    I have five Little Giant waterers in five pens. Two I bought at the local feed store and three I ordered through Cutler Supply. The ones I got from Cutler now leak. Not sure if there's a connection there or not. I know how to adjust the water level and tried that. The problem is that when I...
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    Sad :(

    On August 27, I put six duck eggs under a broody hen. She sat on them diligently and then two days ago kicked four of the eggs out of the nest. I held them up to a flashlight and three of them were black inside and had one end that the light shined through. They were obviously rotten. The fourth...
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    duck eggs

    How do you tell if a duck egg is fertilized? Is it the same as chickens? I have three ducks and was told one of them is a drake, but "it" has no drake feather. I am getting two eggs a day, like clockwork. They lay early in the morning, before sunrise. I know who the two hens are, the question...
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    duck pool question

    Honestly, the ducks are nasty. They poop in their pool and make it all nasty in less than a day. I dump it every other day and refill with clean water and you'd think they never had clean water before. They go nuts bathing themselves and playing in the clean water. I love having ducks, though...
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    I built this in one day. :)

    I turned this... ...into this... ...added wire and chickens... it's a great little pen: 8'x10'x50"high And I have blisters. Note: we live in Texas where it's over 100 daily. They need shade and water and they're happy. I have a tarp over part of it in case the severe drought ends any...
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    What a good duck!

    I have three ducks that I am keeping with the 9 chickens and one peahen I got altogether. They get along great. Their pen is adjacent to my chicken run and until now, they all have gotten along fine. Today, I noticed one of my hens and one of the new hens sparing through the fence. They were...
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    I impressed myself

    I have to share this. I was given a number of chickens including a rooster that showed up on my friend's property and made himself at home. After keeping the new roo in a pen inside my chicken run for a while, I decided the poor roo had had enough of his 2x3 cell and needed to be set free. He...
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    4 months old

    What does a 4 month old duck look like? How feathered out is it? A local woman is selling some Blue Swedish and Muscovie crosses. Some are pure of each breed and some are mixed. How feathered out would a 4 month old duckling be? Is it old enough to put on a pond? (assuming our pond is safe...
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    Ducks in central Texas

    My parents have a large pond and recently added four adult ducks to the pond. They grew up on a stock tank about an hour from here and managed tonsurvive just fine. Since they arrived, three have disappeared. Yesterday, the drake had an injured foot and was limping. Now he's missing. We are at a...
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    Polish brains

    Okay, I have heard that Polish chickens tend to be more flighty and have odd personalities. I'm very sure the Polish lovers don't feel that way. LOL! I have three Polish chickens now. Two are beautiful pullets, one pure white and one white crested black. One is a weird brown cockerel with black...
  14. lovinlife

    what is he?

    front and center... what is he? This is him at a couple days old: Nice attitude, right? He was in the straight run bantam bin at the feed store and was the only one with a top hat. He was noticeably larger than the bantams and is bigger now than the two bantams I bought with him. The...
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    Added new birds today!

    A friend of mine has to move back to town and can't keep her animals. She asked me if I would take them in and I agreed. When I got to her house today, I found out there were quite a few more animals than I thought. I came home with 17 chicks, 9 full-size chickens (one is a roo), 2 bantams (one...
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    Finally got some ducks!!!

    I have been wishing for ducks for a year or so. A friend has to move and gave me all their fowl including chickens, ducks and a peafowl. These are the ducks. I brought the kiddie pool that was in their pen, cleaned it out (it was NASTY, full of poop and stinky), and filled it with clean water...
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    tell me about my new bird

    I was given this bird today. I know nothing about peafowl and haven't researched them much at all. Please tell me about it! Thank you!
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    just call me SUCKA

    Okay, so I admit that I knew the feed store was getting chicks today and I went out of my way to go there knowing full well that I'm a giant sucker for baby chicks. So be it. Here's what I brought home. I can't resist the cheeks... This little cutie was in the bantam straight run bin, but...
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    bantam cuteness

    I heard the feed store was getting chicks in today, so I just happened to need more beet pulp... The kids love the bantams, so I picked three out of the straight run bin (against my better judgment). Knowing my luck, they're all boys. Any thoughts on the breeds? The two on the left. They are...
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    silly polish

    I have two Polish babies, one white and one white crested black. They're so cute! The black has a lopsided crest and it's just hilarious. Looks like her wig is on sideways. The feathers are growing to the left, which causes them to appear lopsided. And my white, I think she's white. She's...
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