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  1. OrpingtonHopeful

    Safe treat?

    I want to make this: http://www.fromscratchmag.com/12-homestead-bloggers-christmas-fresh-eggs-daily-scratch-seed-wreath/ I do not have enough bacon fat, but do have an organic coconut oil on hand- Would it be safe to mix the two fats (bacon and coconut) and use a good quality birdseed to...
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    S/O Hen Panting- got one here too

    I have a 1 yr old Arucana that is panting a lot over the last 3 days. It is only the mid 80's here and she has an open air run, well-ventilated coop, fresh water, and access to shade. Her bottom is slightly messy, but otherwise no other symptoms- We did lose another hen (4 y/o BO) recently...
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    Safeguard EQUINE 10% Wormer

    Ok y'all I have a hen shaking her head excessively (not her normal head shake) and suddenly all the gals are sleeping in the run instead of in the coop. I have wormed with Wazine and Ivermectin recently- but after more reading here seems like the ivermectin method I used (injectible solution...
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    Chicken keeping stinks right now!

    So after a month of keeping a hen inside my kitchen and lovingly fussing over her for a month (see saga here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=609832) we lost her. Now we have another hen 2 1/2 yr old BO who is shaking her head constantly- looks a little poofed and/or...
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    Worming *Update*

    Ok, I have a hen who has lived depsite looking eggbound, barely pooping, etc for a few weeks now. (Here's her story: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=7968935 ) Her breathing is labored- No sign of worms, but she looks a lot like the photo on the other thread with the...
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    Eggbound/Internal layer? *Update- we lost her*

    Reader's Digest: 1 1/2 yr old RIR hen no eggs from any hen in flock X +/- 1 month RIR 3 weeks tail down, all others look act perfect RIR 1 week tail clamped down, acting uninterested in food ALL molting and regaining feathers beautifully ALL on layer mash w oyster shell grit- yogurt, scrambled...
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    Molting

    In the past my gals have always had a rather gentle molt- This year one of the newbies, well she just looks plain awful and naked. What do you do to support your gals during a hard molt?
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    Looking for pullets in Charlotte, NC

    Hey Y'all, I have looked at several mom and pop feed stores in the area and I cannot find what I am looking for- I realize this is a bit silly- but I have room for just two more gals in my coop and I would really like a Silver Laced Wyandotte and an Arucana. My favorite feed store has an...
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    Newbie to Quail- Chicken Mama

    So we have chickens- The feed store is tempting me with their assortment of Wyandottes at the moment, but they also had *gasp* day old quail. Ok, I am in love with the tiny cutes. BUT we are totally ignorant- Before we got chickens I researched the heck out of it- but Quail, well quail we...
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    Possibly Ill BO Hen 2 yrs old, feather changing color, comb faint

    Hey All, I have a handful of hens safely cooped- 4 X 6 coop with 8 foot run that I can walk in- 5 hens total- 3 BO, 1 PR, 1 RIR- The Buffs are 2 years old. We lost one of these last year without signs of illness and were left with these three- The PR and RIR were new additions this spring-...
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    Gaping Chicken

    All of our hens are 1 yr old BO gals. We started with 4- Healthy as horses. A couple months ago one of our hens died without symptom. Down to 3. In response to this death I wormed first with Wazine, then 2 weeks later with 1% injectible Ivermectin (under the brand name Endo-Mectin) mixed 6...
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    Weirdness inside eggs

    Ok, over the last few months I have found some eggs with a grit-like chunk of stuff inside them (near the yolk when you crack open the egg)- the eggs are well formed and lovely, just looks like someone took some of that red-granite chick grit and made a small ball (smaller than a garden pea) in...
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    How Long Toss Eggs post Ivermectin?

    Ok, after reading tons of posts about worming, I tried it with Wazine in the gals' water followed 14 days later by Ivermectin (6cc of the 1% injectible/gal water) in their water for 2 days. First off, do you think this will make for a successful worming? and Second: How long do I discard the...
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    Ivermectin

    Hey folks- I did the preliminary worming with Wazine in my gals' waterer about 10 days ago- Now I think we're ready for the heavy hitting Ivermectin follow-up- I'd like to add it to their water to be sure that we treat for gapeworm (which I have read requires direct contact and not an...
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    1 Dead Hen- possible illness in flock- need dx, treatment

    So I had one yr old BO hen, Henrietta, die suddenly on Saturday. Found her in the run without a mark on her. Thought perhaps she was eggbound as I had noticed a decrease in eggs, which, until her death, I had assumed was due to the beginning of molting. Also considered eggbound as I had...
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    Sudden Hen Death

    This morning I found my 1 yr old BO hen dead in her run, at the foot of the ramp to the coop. She was on her side and dead. Not a mark on her body. Dew was collected on her, so I don't know if she went into the coop last night at all. Yesterday she was out in the yard free ranging- having a...
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    Dog Attack

    I have 4 BO hens in a 4 X6 secure coop with secure run (8X8- 6ft high) well secured with heavy gauge hardware cloth. Neighborhood dogs got into yard and terrorized the girls-jumping up the run, braking at the coop door- I ran out to chase them off and finally got them out of my yard but not...
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    Pale Comb/Wattle/Face Otherwise Healthy Looking Fat Gal

    Today I noticed that my largest pullet (about 24 weeks and not yet laying) suddenly has a very pale comb compared to her friends. She has always had a pretty proud, bright comb and today it is sorta shrunken and well, pale. Even her face looks a bit gray to me. her eyes are bright, she was...
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    How much winterizing necessary-Charlotte, NC

    Hey Y'all we live in the city of Charlotte- Have a 4 X6 playhouse-style coop that is pretty much more holes than walls (ok well big windows covered in heavy gauge hardware cloth) to allow for as much airflow as we can during our hot summers. Now the temp is dropping and I notice all our girls...
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    Eat the first egg?

    Ok, DH is telling me that for some reason you can not eat the first eggs laid? He cannot remember why or where he read this. We are still waiting on our first eggs from our 24 wk old BO's and I had told my LO that any egg, no matter what time of day would be scrambled, cooked, and eaten in...
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