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  1. ladybrasa

    Cautionary tale about chickens with vaulted skulls

    (... mainly about vaulted skulls in breeds other than silkies and polish) So this summer I hatched a SFH from a variety “pack” of eggs from eBay. The first chick to hatch was this SFH and it had a strange “bump” on its crown. I was freaked out about this deformity, but learned from BYC that it...
  2. ladybrasa

    Post Processing - Some Questions and a little commentary

    Processed nine cockerels of various non-CX breeds and ages 3ish to 5ish months. Had the wonderful help of a work colleague/friend, who did the actual killing and helped process after. Skinned all. Parted a couple bigger ones, left two whole, spatchcocked the rest. Used loppers and a cone for...
  3. ladybrasa

    Hoover’s Mystic Onyx

    https://hoovershatchery.com/mysticonyx.html Hey, I remember reading threads here and there from last year or so about people getting mysterious but cute black-skinned chickens from their feed stores that carry chicks from Hoover’s Hatchery. I can’t remember the breed name they were being...
  4. ladybrasa

    Just a quickie breed confirmation ...

    Purchased this pullet as a day-old (well, several days old) from TSC (via Hoover’s) this summer about the end of July, I think, as a Buff Orpington. Having my doubts she’s not a Production Red or something? More reddish than buff, very yellow legs, dark feathers in the tail, looks like getting...
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    American Persimmons - Processing?

    Sorry if this isn’t the right place ... We have an American persimmon tree, that I’d like to harvest fruit and do something with. We’ve had at least two frosts and nights in the 20’s, the fruit is soft and some just straight up squishy. I picked what I could reach, ran them through a small hand...
  6. ladybrasa

    When do cockerel adult behaviors appear?

    I think I know the answer ... Basically, I have too many cockerels and need to decide who to keep and who to send to freezer camp. The oldest right now are 4 months, and then various younger ages, to the point I’m not for sure they are males yet. I know two for sure I’m keeping and three for...
  7. ladybrasa

    Thoughts on gender ...

    Pretty sure I know the answer, but ... I purchased a Mottled Houdan from Meyer as a sexed female, shipped 9/14. So like only about a month and a half. The little bugger was sitting on top of the brooder edge this morning making single-syllable crows ... Anyone had a chick do this and still...
  8. ladybrasa

    Thoughts on this kill cone stand from eBay?

    I’m going to have extra Roos as a result of hatching a few chicks and straight runs from TSC, and have decided to process them when they get large enough, with the help of a work friend or two. I don’t think I can do the deed myself, but pretty sure I can process afterwards. I’d like to do the...
  9. ladybrasa

    What looks like a blood splat on the inside of a day 18-21 egg?

    ... of the three hatched I did this summer, there was at least one egg that was alive and seemingly doing well until the very last few days, when I would see a suspicious dark reddish patch on the inside of the shell at candling. It really looks like a blood patch. When I attempt to search for...
  10. ladybrasa

    ‘Silked’ White Easter Egger

    I kind of remember reading a thread from someone who was looking to breed standard sized silkies or something to that effect. It was maybe a month ago? I found this ‘breed’ on MyPetChicken, a Silked Easter Egger. It is supposed to be a small standard and have Silky traits and lay colored eggs...
  11. ladybrasa

    Coccidiosis Vaccine - When are chicks fully protected?

    My first chicks this year received the Coccidiosis vaccine (McMurray). No other subsequent chicks have (various sources). The McMurray chicks are now about 2 months old. As I understand it, the vaccine is live attenuated coccidia of several species of Eimeria. These attenuated cells infect the...
  12. ladybrasa

    Chick died after external pip - possible causes?

    I am presently hatching some shipped lavender Orpington eggs. Humidity stayed upper 20s to very low 40s during incubation (no water added). For lockdown I filled up my water wells and added a dish with this tiny ‘donut’ humidifier that I used anytime I messed with the incubator. This is not...
  13. ladybrasa

    How to tell if incubated “clears” were fertile to begin with?

    Hello all, I’m currently incubating another batch of eggs and am at day 13-14. I’ve got five I left in that are clear on candling. I will probably remove them in the next few days. I was wondering if there was a way to tell if they were fertilized to begin with? I do think shipping was rough on...
  14. ladybrasa

    Suggestions/Assistance for temporary air circulation in Coop

    So I’ve started moving out some of the chicks out into the coop. The coop is divided in to two sections, so I only needed to shut the door in between to separate the old adults from the chicks. The door has chicken wire on it, so they can see each other. The idea is, once all the chicks are at...
  15. ladybrasa

    Squash bugs - bitter or toxic?

    So this summer I was attempting to landscape the chicken run with useful plants. My plan was to start squash around the poles - fenced in, then let them spread all over the ground so the chickens could walk through and forage for bugs. Yeah that didn’t happen. They leisurely pecked the leaves as...
  16. ladybrasa

    DIY Humidifier for Incubator - Has anyone tried something like this?

    So I just finished up my (more or less) first hatch, and in a DIY incubator. I had problems maintaining a decent humidity during the last 3 days. When looking for suggestions around the ‘net, I came across this DIY apparatus that acts as a humidifier...
  17. ladybrasa

    Assistance needed with chick shoe

    I had a Pavlovskaya chick hatch Friday afternoon/evening that has a turned in outer toe or possibly foot a little turned at the ankle. It might also have Spraddle leg, but not sure if it’s stance is off because of the toe. This is a white chick so from the white line of the Pavlovskaya. Pretty...
  18. ladybrasa

    Currently Hatching - Chick With Swelling on Head

    One batch of shipped eggs are hatching 😁 The first one out this morning was a Swedish Flower Hen, and s/he looked to be crested! I know some of them can be. However a few hours later I noticed that it is not a crest but a lump or swelling. She (calling it a she cuz I really want it to be a...
  19. ladybrasa

    Assistance needed for impulse-buy sick TSC chick

    Is there an AA - ahem - CA on here? Just happened to go to a local TSC and happened to get 5 chicks I don’t need ... Sapphire Gem, Midnight Majesty Maran, two straight run LF Cochins. (Yes I know the MMMs are hybrids, but if it clicks like a Maran, and looks like a Marans, and lays choco eggs...
  20. ladybrasa

    First round of candling (image heavy)

    Hello, I just candled my shipped eggs! I’m fairly confident in determining which are duds and which to continue with, but would feel better about removing eggs if others gave input. Also any input about the air cell size would be great! I have three separate batches shipped from different...
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