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  1. tacothechicken

    Quail skinned by coopers!

    So my birds have been in the aviary for around 2 months now and as I ran to the store for last minute groceries the cooper decided to get quail for Thanksgiving! My cortunix hen Goose was napping along the fence and I believe it got ahold of her somehow and skinned her stomach entirely like it...
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    Racer/homing pigeon cull discussion

    Hi guys I wanted to start a thread and see if it could give any more insight to others on culling of birds in a racing flock. I myself have never culled and have had no reason to but I'm curious how often others cull birds and for what reasons/causes. Alot of people in my bird groups on fb tend...
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    Legs to support a 6x4x5 coop?

    Hey guys I'm starting on the adult coop for our silkies as they are currently in our old duck coop. I need it 20" off the ground so the birds can shelter under it and to stay above flood water here in Texas. Are pine 2x4s suitable or will I need to do full 4x4s to get proper support? It's being...
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    Quail trapped for days! recovery?

    Hey guys so we went out of town for the weekend and left the quail and pigeons to their lonesome with feed and water for the time we were gone. Well somehow our youngest quail hen Tiny managed to end up behind a nest box for the pigeons for what I assume was the entire time we were gone based on...
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    Cross beak silkie worsening

    Ok guys so we have 6 silkie chicks and one was showing sings of cross beak by week one now they're over 4 weeks and the last Week it's worsend considerably. I'm worrying about the baby eating as the beak length is normal on both ends but crossed so she can't properly open it as much as she...
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    Crooked beak silkie chick

    Hey guys I was cleaning poop buts this morning to realize one of our babies has cross beak!!! I've only had 2 other cross beak birds one was from a neglect case that I fixed with trimming and the other was a hatch of mine who simply had bad hatch position. This baby is super healthy otherwise...
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    Hot weather coops for 6-8 birds?

    Any of you in hot weather areas like TX, AZ etc willing to share coop pics/plans? Just got 6 silkies and we're gonna need something 7x4 at largest. Preferably raised for flood season, with good ventilation and airflow for humid 98°F summers.
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    The Saddle Brook Silkie flock!

    Ey guys! If you know me you know I had to sell my breeding flock of 30 or so birds due to moving to a new state in April. Well I no longer have the space to breed really or a good set up given our location. But came home to find the family brought home 6 silkie chicks! They are officially my...
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    Katy TX Rescue Muscovy duckling

    This is Jo, Jo is a feral Muscovy duckling found on the edge of death abandoned post a storm in Mary Jo peckham park earlier this week. Jo has now regained some strength and can waddle about and is drinking and somewhat eating but we suspect she has either an obstruction or is swallowing wrong...
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    Rescue duckling open mouth breathing and head shaking

    Hey guys so I'm in Texas and the other day post a bad storm my dog found what I thought was a dead duckling. It wasn't dead but about to be. Brought it home got it water and food but we have some issues. It perked up a little and was drinking and eating under pressure, but post 5 hrs of work I...
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    Anyone in Leander TX whith dove experience?

    Hey guys someone on my Facebook ended up with a baby dove due to cats, I wanted to see if anyone was nearby who could possibly help him out in taking the baby off his hands or teaching him feeding techniques since alot of rehabbers are now refusing anymore birds.
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    Q. Quail set up and ratio

    Ok guys so we've just moved 2 weeks ago and I have quail eggs arriving this week! But I wanted to know your thoughts, once they hatch,( there's 12 eggs so I'm hoping I get 6 or 7 chicks at least) I plan to put them in a 40 gallon tank under cover whith wind blockage....outside. they can't come...
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    Well I have 3 babies but....

    Ok guys soup and Wallace finally figured out how to parent and have 2 fat and happy 2 day old chicks. But Cannoli and Crumpet hatched a chick this morning and flipped out not understanding that their egg became a baby. I came home to it cold and gasping and it's currently in my shirt while the...
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    Chicken somehow paralyzed but not dying???

    Ok guys so I'm moving to TX in around a month and have been selling off my flock, but about 4 weeks ago one of my polish stated acting oddly and seemed like maybe she'd broken something. I put her seperate to let her 'heal' only for her to get worse and become incapable of balance at all...
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    House Chicken, Anacortes WA

    Hi guys anyone in the Skagit County of WA want a companion chicken? We're moving to Texas so I'm cutting my flock down to hopefully 8 birds or less for our move and Griselda has mild beak deformity that makes her grooming difficult/prone to parasites when outside. Shes also a runt due to said...
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    Polish crested can't balance/walk

    Ok so one of our polish got struck with a terrifying case of lice from who knows where! (None of my other birds seem to have any issues or any real lice at all) I had to bath her spray her and them wait 2 hrs to make sure I got 95% if not all of them removed/killed I removed about 30 from her...
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    Do pigeons need CVIs when imported to state?

    Hey guys I found out I'm moving to TX and planning to hopefully take all my animals w/ me. The poultry & ducks are gonna be the hardest due to all the tests they require(Imma go broke) but do my pigeons need anything? I assume they need a Health certificate but can my vet give me that or do I...
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    The pigeons won't sit!

    Ok so Soup and Wallace are failing me again! I think their internal clocks are screwy cause once more they've up and ditched the nest at day 10 rather than sitting till hatch! Both eggs were fertile but one seemingly failed around day 4 and the other is still alive. Left the did in the nest...
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    Pigeons & poultry flock updates and stories!

    Ok so I figure since everyone I know always wants stories on my birds I might as well start a thread here where all ye chicken lovers reside! This will be about all my birds from ducks, chickens and pigeons, to small notes and interactions with my other animals. Dogs, goats, cats etc. Along with...
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    raising a short faced pigeon from hatch?

    Ok so currently I have my 4 Figuritas. My first pair was sitting for about 10 days. They then abandoned the egg last night. I have it in an incubator and still alive. If I can hatch it successfully, what's the best feeding tools and set up for raising a newborn short faced pigeon straight from...
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