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    Will geese harass a beehive?

    That's funny because my coop they are harassing is bantams too! A little group of booted bantams. Maybe they are just super curious about the little guys?
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    Will geese harass a beehive?

    Just seeing the replies from both of you and thinking about it, hives have a landing board on the front bottom that sticks out and I could absolutely see then messing with it. You're right, I'm not even going to try.
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    Will geese harass a beehive?

    I can't even believe I have to ask this question but due to reputation geese have for shenanigans here goes. Will geese harass honeybees or a wooden hive if I put one in their fenced yard? I used to keep bees in the yard and the chickens ignored them. The geese however, like to mess with stuff...
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    3 chickens in 3 days

    OP, sorry if I missed you saying it but is this happening during the day or overnight? If it's night time I would absolutely blame a raccoon grabbing a tail and trying to pull a chicken through the wire. If the daytime, no clue. Ok, I just saw you were in town. What time of day?
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    3 chickens in 3 days

    Oh that's so gross. I have only heard of this happening with a prolapsed vent that other hens get interested in. Great, something else to worry about.:sick
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    3 chickens in 3 days

    Yikes. This looks awful. Why do you say it looks like cannibalism? Any time I've had a chicken try to kill another chicken (only 3 times, thank god) the injured chicken has been scalped. Have you had a chicken take out the back end of another like this?
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    Leg bands?

    Can anyone reccomend a nice legband for my african geese? I'm starting to not be able to tell them all :idunno apart.
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    Looking to expand my flock

    I love my leghorn and she lays about 6 eggs a week. The production is unbelievable. I didn't realize until owning one how pretty they really are in a backyard flock. They look nothing like a factory bird.
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    Multiple injured quail . . . antibiotics?

    That's great news, it sounded and looked really bad from what you showed us.
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    Multiple injured quail . . . antibiotics?

    Good idea with adding cover. I do that here with pine tree branches. It makes them feel safer and definitely avoids a lot of the head boinking when they spook.
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    "Cleanest" butcher for taxidermy?

    I'm going to go alcohol injection. Thank you everyone for all of the suggestions, I think this will be something I can do confidently. After that he's going to just go in the freezer until I can start this project this winter, I'm due with a baby in 3 weeks. But I want to get the roo taken care...
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    "Cleanest" butcher for taxidermy?

    I think this is most likely how I'm going to. Do you have any other advice or cautions to help me do it humanely? Thank you VERY much for the help!
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    "Cleanest" butcher for taxidermy?

    I can't believe you've only been doing this 4 years! Your birds are absolutely gorgeous and they look so natural. Beautiful work!
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    quickly opening incubator??

    I'm not really sure what you're saying here but with the pattern on quail eggs and how small they are it can be hard to see the pip. I would just leave it be. You can open the brooder and see if you can find the pip and place the egg with the pip up if you really want but the chick will most...
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    "Cleanest" butcher for taxidermy?

    Yes, PLEASE share! How long have you been doing this?
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    "Cleanest" butcher for taxidermy?

    Thanks for replying! Can you explain this a bit more? Are you actually piercing the skull and how much force is needed for that?
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    "Cleanest" butcher for taxidermy?

    This is our special guest. He's beautiful, I just have 2 mille fleur roosters. The other has muffs and a beard and a decent personality so I'm keeping 1. So pratice I guess.
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    Do organ meats need to rest?

    I like to add them (finely chopped) to game based stews and make pate. I've been saving this season's up to make dirty rice.
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    Do organ meats need to rest?

    Hahaha. Well said.
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    Do organ meats need to rest?

    I consider organs (especially livers) highly perishable and freeze them withing 24 hours. Hearts (and gizzards?) are more muscular so you may be able yo get away with more but I don't think they need to "rest" like other meat.
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