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    2 birds out of 10

    Help we are still struggling. They have good appetite, and are active. No issues in yard with behaviors or picking. Im putting them up at nightly separate from flock. ???
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    Hawks Alive!!!!!

    Yes we have a similar environment it is normally very safe....but as you say....low is no. I am going to expand their run for now and supervise more closely.
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    Hawks Alive!!!!!

    Not ready yet. Our Kodi dog was a sweet boy but he had a brain tumor at 2 years and it was traumatic......that is why I went for the complete opposite breed and size dog for the family. But we will consider in time.
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    Hawks Alive!!!!!

    Gone to the Birds Guy here. I am bummed that we lost our first feather baby to a Red tail hawk yesterday. Also bummed that my boys had to witness and handle it ...while I was not home. They managed to get the rest of the flock to safety and then chased the big Raptor off with brooms. My...
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    2 birds out of 10

    Thank you for your kindness in replying. I have not seen Athena eat any of her feathers and I have not seen any feather picking by anyone. It is strange. I thought of the protein issue...but they get an organic Dumonts feed that seems to have all the nutrients. In addition I have a cup of...
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    2 birds out of 10

    I will do that...thanks for the offer. I am running on a bad luck streak it seems. Yesterday a redtail hawk swooped down and got one of my teenager chickens. She was a pretty red hen. My boys witnessed it, I was at work. So sad. :-(
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    2 birds out of 10

    Hello my fine feathered friends. I am officially Gone to the Birds! Not only did I invest and spend $ on my ladies/flock during the good times....now I have spent $ in the bad times. Just like marriage! LOL.... After 550$...... I walk away from the experience with my vet..... feeling...
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    Gone to the Birds guy update

    Hey DS! Thank you! I just introduced the swing. Not much interest in it right now. I also hang whole cabbages from the same attachment. They like the cabbage toy/treat much better. I am still working on my set up. The small beige color coop was for the original four. We moved to the...
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    Gone to the Birds guy update

    Hello friends So now I have three groups in my flock. I fell victim to CHICKEN MATH! Oh the horror! Anyways I have had our girls for going on 4 years. We started with 4 ... 1 of each....Jubilee Orpington - Daisy, a black Americauana - The Bird, a RI and LH mix - Peeps, and a RI Barr mix -...
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    Poopy butt

    Gone to the Birds Guy here! Hi ... a friend of mine mentioned that she uses diatomaceous earth as sort of a powder bath.....sprinkles it on the chickens butt and then lets it work on its own. I guess it drys or flakes off? Anyway I want to know is this safe? My chicken ....Peeps..... is a...
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    Happy Hens a Laying!

    Hi I am excited to see.... that now 3 of my 4 girls are laying eggs. The latest to get on schedule is the black americauna. We named this one "The Bird" after my youngest son's favorite character in a cartoon tv show. Anyway, she lays a small kind of oblong pointy bluish egg. This new egg...
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    I am a total newby to chickens

    Rhodies are great layers and a hardy bird. If you are only interested in birds for laying.... look on the review page for recommendations on the breeds. If you are interested in for pets and fun..... why not mix the flock. I have two mutts, an then an americauna and a jubilee orpington. My...
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    I am a total newby to chickens

    Wow! I'd move in there! Make sure those windows are able to be opened up or down so you can regulate airflow when you want to. You should look to put in a vinyl floor over that particle board in the floor to make for easy clean out and to spare the wood of rot etc... It looks like you can...
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     Home made oyster shell - to be or not to be?

    Thanks for the reply! It isnt a cost factor for me ....but we try not to waste anything ...in our home. Oyster shell is just a treat for my girls.... I do give them grit from the local feed and grain too. I am proud of and enjoying my "chicken venture" we had a really bad cold spell here...
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     Home made oyster shell - to be or not to be?

    Two of my four are laying everyday. My Americauna.... is taking the winter off and I dont know if my Jubilee Orpington even started? They will be a year old this Spring. We live near the ocean and bay. I know exactly what you are talking about with regards to the driveways. :) Some still...
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    Oh BEHAVE!!!!

    One of my lead hens .... was very entertaining this morning. She periodically kept running back and forth from the yard to the coop house. I am pretty sure she is one of my best layers....lays an egg everyday. What is she doing? Checking on things in the coop house? Getting out of the cold...
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     Home made oyster shell - to be or not to be?

    Hi Friends! Gone to the Birds guy here! My family and I eat a lot of oysters.... can I smash up the shells with a hammer and give that to my young ladies? I am wondering about the size and then of course the sharpness or edges of my smashing oysters. Is there any better way to break up the...
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    Comment by 'Gone to the birds!' in item 'Rhodebar'

    I have one Rhodebar hen. She is VERY pretty. She is always making eye contact.... and I equate her behavior to these words: Hey Whata you got , What you got? LOL. She is interested in whatever I am doing and is eager to get out of her run. I have one other Leghorn cross ... who acts...
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    Comment by 'Gone to the birds!' in item 'Belgian d' Anver'

    So... are the Roosters of this breed consistently a quiet bird. I want to be a considerate neighbor and will not risk my entire flock to complaints by my neighbors. Thanks. Gone to the Birds.
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