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    Treasure Coast (Florida!) Cream Legbar Hen

    I need to rehome a Cream Legbar hen that I've raised from a chick. I'm posting on BYC rather than Facebook because I'm hoping to find someone experienced who wants a unique bird to add to their flock. I ordered her with a small batch of chicks from Meyer's Hatchery and her hatch date was...
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    Need help with sexing. I have an EE chick sprouting suspicious tail feathers

    I got home from work, went out to the coop, and to my dismay, one of my Easter Egger chicks has new feathers that look different. Am I being paranoid or do I have a cockerel?
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    Chicken sitter instructions

    I am preparing to teach a non-chicken friend how to check on my flock while I'm away. She's asked for a list of instructions and I think that's a great idea. I'm preparing to sit down tonight to start putting together a list and figured I'd consult BYC. What types of things do you include in...
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    I've never had a better reason to clean the laundry room....

    My chicks are moving outdoors today. Very bittersweet for a few moments when I wiped the dust off of the washer. No more sweaty nights, sitting in the laundry room, drinking ice water, sweating, and watching chick antics. I plan to keep them in their brooder in my hoop house 1) for transition...
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    Attaching hardware cloth to bottom of coop frame: to crease or not to crease.

    I'm finishing up my first hoop coop and have cut the final three lengths of 36" (1/2") hardware cloth that will wrap over the coop. I cut them all and have them draped over the coop. Tomorrow I'll staple them in place. What do you all think? Crease them and have them sit directly on the frame or...
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    White Rock chick I'm hoping is a pullet

    This is my first time with this breed. I ordered 1 White Rock with a mix of other calm or friendly breeds but also added a Meyer's Meal Maker. For those that haven't ordered from Meyer's Hatchery, they throw in a chick that you can donate eggs from. So, when I took my chicks out of the shipping...
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    A fastener or bracket to attach cattle panel to door frame

    Any good ideas for a bracket or fastener that I can buy at Home Depot, Lowes, or a hardware store to attach this part of a cattle panel to the door frame of my new, up and coming (and FIRST EVER) hoop coop? Here is some hardware my friend found for me..... I could order these but I wanted to...
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    Initial stages of planning a walk-in coop. (Hoop house vs. Aviary vs. MiniCoop)

    I am looking for help from my BYC friends. I'm planning my next coop and am considering an aviary or hoop design that I can walk in. I'll give you my background if you're interested in chicken stories. Otherise, my plans are at the bottom of the post. 8} My short story goes: I recently...
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    New FB group: Martin County Friends of Hens (in Florida)

    Hello Everyone, I've started a new group on Facebook and wanted to make sure all the Martin County locals on here know about it. It's called: Martin County Friends of Hens. https://www.facebook.com/groups/MartinCountyFriendsOfHens/ Martin County includes (straight from wiki)...
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    Need help with the breed or breeds mix of this hen please ~:>

    She is still molting but the first picture (directly below text) is from today and I think is closer to the color she will be. She's a rescue chicken so I have no information about her other than she's tough. She has a rose comb & buff colored feathers that turn to light brown feathers with...
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    Pullets available in N Florida / S Georgia?

    ISO pullets (located in North Florida or South Georgia). Most interested in Buff Orpington or Ameraucana but also like to know what is available out there. :} Thanks!
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    Boston!

    Would anyone in Boston like to show off their city coop to a visiting Floridian chicken keeper?
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    Information and sources to support 10 or more chickens?

    Hi Everyone, Working with Gainesville, Fl City Planning Department on increasing the number of legal chickens from (2) to ............? I started the process almost a year ago but we're still in the developing stages due to the city attorney delaying a decision on who should handle the code...
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    Ameraucana, Araucana, and Easter Eggers in South East?

    No, I'm not looking to start a debate. I'm looking for suggestions of breeders/sellers of Ameraucana, Araucana, and Easter Egger chickens in the South East. I am located in North Central Florida and would like to find a farm within a days drive of here. I will also be traveling to Savannah...
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    Gainesville (Florida) Friends of Hens is on facebook.

    Please check it out :D http://www.facebook.com/GainesvilleFriendsOfHens
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    Raising the chicken limit in the city of Gainesville, Fl

    Howdy All, I'm in the beginning stages of going through the process of requesting more chickens be allowed in Gainesville, Fl City Limits. Currently within the city of Gainesville, Fl you are allowed to have 2 hens, they cannot crow, and they prefer them not to roam. Recently, county...
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    May have a broody hen...

    I've been out of town for a week with a good friend checking on my small flock every other day. Tonight, when I checked on my hens, I found all roosting over the nesting boxes except for one who was sleeping/sitting on six eggs. She was sleepily bewildered and stepped out of the box while I...
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    Is my it possible my Ameraucana hasn't started laying after 6 months?

    I have a flock of four pullets including (1) Ameraucana. The other three breeds (Black Australorp, Buff Orpington, and Silver Laced Wyandotte) started laying between 4.5-5 months old. I've seen them on the nest but I've yet to see Carla (my Ameraucana) display laying "behaviors". I went for...
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    Feeders and Waterers...

    Hi everyone, I have pullets ranging from 4-6 weeks old. (The feed store had different breeds come in on different weeks) I am finishing up my coop w/run (4W x 8L x4H) and am looking into galvanized feeders. Right now, I am using a plastic gallon feeder and a small plastic chick feeder in their...
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    Chicken tractor run security.... (digging preditors)

    I'm building a portable coop...It's going to be on unused flower beds so I don't have to worry about grass getting killed. I originally had a tractor in mind but this is turning out to be more like a mobile home. I still want to be able to rotate it monthly (or as needed). So I don't want to...
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