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    Laryngitis?

    My BR pullet produced her first egg two days ago. She was very vocal about the whole thing, it took a few trips to the nest over about an hour and she was being really, really loud. Ever since then she seems to have lost her voice. When she talks to us it's really a high whisper. Has anybody...
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    How did she do THAT?!

    She's been laying for about 2 weeks, and the one on the right is what she layed yesterday..... I can't imagine what's in there!
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    How long will it take? Dying rabbit.

    My daughter's holland lop seems to be going. I don't know what the actual problem is, but he is now unable to use his back legs and is very lethargic. Yesterday he stopped drinking water and barely ate. Still no water today, even when I put the nipple in his mouth. He's reached typical end of...
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    not sure if this is eggbound or what...

    My 19 week old Red Star has laid 2 eggs this week. They have both been very pale shells, not brown like her sisters first eggs. Also, the shells were very thin and both had broken spots from hitting the nest. I didn't worry, because I expected first eggs to be a work in progress. Well...
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    That was a surprise

    I've been expecting Johnny to be the first to lay an egg, which she just did, but there were two things I wasn't expecting. One, she went right up the ramp and dug around in the nesting box, which they've completely ignored until now, and settled in until she had done it. I didn't do the golf...
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    Roo moving to the country, how will the girls react?

    I have found a new home for my Supposed To Be A Girl Barred Rock Roo, he moves out tomorrow. That leaves me with 3 pullets, 16 weeks old. Whenever any of them lose sight of the others, they seem to freak out, so what should I be expecting when Pippin has left and the girls catch on? Any advice...
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    Barred Rock, 14 week old cockeral, pick up only, Bothell,WA

    My BR pullet turned out to not be a pullet. Would like this friendly fellow to find a nice home. Raised by me since 3 days old, healthy, not aggressive. Pick up only, Bothell, WA (about 20 miles north of Seattle). Thanks for your interest!
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    Worried they won't use nesting box

    I have never raised chickens before, so I still have more questions! My little flock (4, soon to be 3 since she is really a he) is 14 weeks old. They are doing really well, and are happy in their home, spending all day in the grass and dirt, or perching on the sawhorse they adopted during...
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    About pecking order

    This is my first flock. I have 2 barred rocks, 2 red stars, that are 11 weeks old. I am wondering a few things about pecking order. 1. If there is a rooster, do the girls still have a top girl? 2. When do they form the order? 3. Are you able to tell the order? I can't see any signs of a...
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    This week I heard them honking....

    only they aren't geese. Is it normal for chickens to honk? They are 11 weeks old, so they still peep some and they cluck some. But, honking??? And all 4 of them are doing it, even the sex links, so it's not early attempts at crowing....
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    Barred Rock, 11 weeks old, girl, right????

    This barred rock developed a comb pretty early, but has many pullet traits as well. The jury is still out. Here she is as a baby: A few weeks older: Now, at 11 weeks old:
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    Pictures of the girls, just because.....

    We all just love to see each others chicks, right? Our Red Star, Johnny Depp, feeling much better today after a bit too much rhubarb leaf. She is 11 weeks old. Bellatrix Lestrange, an 11 week old Barred Rock. Ginny Weasley, our other Red Star. Pippin, the other BR The whole gang...
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    Rube Goldberg+Recycling=Our Coop

    Thought I would share pictures of our finished coop. Hubby took apart the kids old tree fort, used the swing set for the structure, and this is what we ended up with. The beginnings of the structure. All the lumber came from the tree fort. We purchased a piece of plywood for the roof...
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    got wet, now lethargic

    Before I begin, please let me know if I should really move this post to the diseases section. Last night one of our 11 week old girls, Johnny, got stuck in the rain. It was nearing dusk, the other 3 girls had gone into the coop and it was almost time for them to head up the ramp. Not for the...
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    They are mad at me

    My 4 pullets are used to being let out to free range most of the day. Today we were so busy outside the home that I couldn't let them free range until about 5:30. (they have a large, roofed run attached to the coop for when they aren't out free) Boy, did I get a thorough clucking when I finally...
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    They really aren't

    all that bright, are they? I had no idea moving into the coop was going to be such a series of unfortunate events. After 2, count 'em, 2 weeks, they have finally figured out how to march up the ramp to the coop at dusk. So, now..... I've been wondering about the odd placement of the poop in...
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    ahhh, the nicest part of the day

    I'm looking out the window right now, watching my 4 pullets, 11 weeks old, enjoying the last of the evening. My hubby was installing some roosts and perches in the enclosed run last week, and he hung one of them up. Well, when the chicks get on it, it swings. So I look outside, and in the last...
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    problem with my waterer

    I am hoping someone can answer this for me. My hubby made the homemade feeder and waterer for our coop, using instructions posted on this site. We used a large bucket from a bakery for each one, bolted to a large plant saucer. The feeder works pretty well, although I have to jiggle it sometimes...
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    Now that they are 8...

    My girls are 8 weeks old and living in the coop and run full time. When they were in the brooder they had food and water 24/7. Of course, they also had light 24/7 so "night" had no meaning to them. Now that they go into the coop at night, and sleep in the dark, I have been leaving the food and...
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    Johnny Depp cracks me up.

    We have an 8 week old pullet named Johnny Depp. When I went out today while they were free ranging in the yard, they all came running straight to me. Suddenly Johnny runs smack dab, straight into a roll of chicken wire that is lying on the ground and topples over sideways! She gets up, shakes...
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