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  1. esthermgr

    can i use a thermostat from an iron . what items have t-stats ?

    I have no aptitude for electrical diy projects, but if you do some research online you might find out more about this: I've read of people poking holes to enlarge the air intake in thermostats to make them adjust to a lower temp range. Maybe that will help.
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    Curly wing feathers??? What've I got?

    Yeah, I think I definitely have a partly frizzled chicken I just wish I knew where the gene came from! None of the parents had any frizzling, and I think they were all pretty boring standard production reds or the like. I love hatching out mutt chicks- you never know what you're gonna get!
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    Curly wing feathers??? What've I got?

    I hatched out chicks from my mom's chickens. All she knew was that they were red sex links. A mystery red roo was mixed in there by accident, and she kept him and he fathered the chicks. The two chicks that hatched are both a lovely reddish brown color, with dark brown patterning on the...
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    When to let chicks out of coop into their yard?

    I let my chickens free range at a month old, but only with supervision. If I couldn't be outside with them, I put them in a smaller pen and covered the top with netting or a big sheet of cardboard. That way they could jump, flap, and scratch but be safe. I think your feed store guy is way...
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    I have a really stupid question.

    You need to leave it on 24/7, especially for the first few weeks. Make sure it's safely secured to prevent fire hazards.
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    Does anyone have Cayugas?

    Ooh, I want some cayuga ducks too. I'm on a large urban lot, so I'm looking forward to learning more about temperament, etc. as well. I've heard that they're wonderful dual purpose ducks and that they do better in confinement than many types of ducks.
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    Second Thoughts and feed store chicks

    Why not buy from a local breeder? There are bound to be others besides the one who closed. Shipping day-old chicks, whether to a feed store or to a home, always seemed to me like something we should avoid if we have other options. Stressful for the chicks, etc. If you do decide to buy from...
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    My RI Red hen hatching eggs story

    Nicolets, some breeds go broody more often than others, but all hens have the potential to go broody. It's just that some breeds have been bred for very high egg production, and broodiness interferes with that, so they have been bred with an eye toward selecting hens that brood less often...
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    Help! Two huge timing problems and I'm coming to lockdown

    Delaying lockdown by a day or two or locking down a day or two early will not kill the chicks. THere are people on here who have forgotten the eggs in the turners and still had decent hatches by locking down when they noticed a pip! I've locked down one day before hatch and still had an...
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    Please somebody help me!!!

    Try warm olive oil in a medicine dropper with massage, twice a day. That worked for a case of sour crop in my flock. Feeding moist mash is also recommended, although I never had to do that. There is also a good video floating around here of last-resort crop surgery. Seems extreme to me, but...
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    Chicken Killing Family Dog

    Sorry your chickies died. It may not be realistic to free range those chickens around that dog. You're going to have to build a secure area where the chickens can get outside time but don't come into contact with predators. In my experience, dogs that are raised around chickens as puppies...
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    Chicks arrived dead.

    Better to buy chicks local from a local breeder or hobbyist if possible... even chicks that live through shipping get stressed, and it's nice to be able to see the breeding stock. I know it's not possible for everyone, but I'm grateful to have so many responsible local breeders here near Atlanta.
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    HOW TO~ screen door??

    Reading your location and looking at the pics of the coop again, I think you are going to need a lot more ventilation than one screen door. I'm in Atlanta, and my chickens are in a coop that is large and basically open on two sides (with walls made out of welded wire nailed to a frame). Your...
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    HOW TO~ screen door??

    My coop has screen door. I used a screen door that we pulled off a home renovation project. But I didn't think the screen was strong enough, so I ripped it off and nailed welded wire onto the wooden frame instead of the flimsy mesh screen. Then I got some $8 hinges from Lowes and attached it...
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    6 or 8 chicks to start?

    Go for the bigger order for the same reason others have already said. You're going to want more, but you can always build another coop or expand the one you have
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    Is raw milk ok for poults?

    As a thought, I bet there is a hog farmer or an animal shelter near you who would take the extra milk until your pigs come in. You might even get a few bucks for it. That would at least stop the waste. And what about making aged cheeses?
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    Is raw milk ok for poults?

    I just read an article in Mother Earth News all about using excess milk as feed for other animals. Poultry were among the critters listed who love it. I wish I had a cow or a goat so I could use the milk for everything- I'm so jealous!!!
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    We think it's a roo...

    That looks like a pullet to me. No roo saddle feathers and no rooish "collar" feathers either.
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    Real Problems with wierd mixture of chickens

    When in doubt, keep em til they crow, then dispatch them to freezer camp that same day. You may be pleasantly surprised. I've heard that it's tough to get a broody to adopt chicks that she didn't hatch, so it's likely that you got a bona fide mix of boys and girls. I doubt that it would have...
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