Hiya, so I am a chicken owner looking into getting ducks in the next few years. I’ve heard that Call ducks are a good breed, but I know almost nothing about them.
What are they for? (Meat, eggs, neither?)
How do they behave?
If I put them in our garden, would they eat all the plants?
My hen, Drumstick, is normally very healthy and doesn’t often have injuries.
This morning I noticed she was limping on her right foot. I tried to figure out what was causing it, but I didn’t notice anything. I provided photos.
Edit: She had poop on her foot and I washed it off the best I could...
So, I'm learning more about ducks every day. I am looking into getting ducks in a few years.
I need to choose breeds, though. I don't want meat ducks, and eggs aren't necessary but I'm not against them. The main reason I might keep ducks is because I think they will be nice pets to keep around...
You know what day it is... HALLOWEEN! It is also my mom's birthday! :celebrate
I am not intending on going Trick Or Treating (It's raining rn and it will be a downpour tonight.) so I will get candy tomorrow half price! :woot
What are you planning?
^^ Theodore here is going to be a pioneer. :bun
I thought I’d mention that I changed my username. It is now “TwentyOneChickens” and was previously “CuckooTheCrazyChicken.” I thought my last username was a tad too long so I messaged DuckLady to get it changed.
My favorite band is Twenty Øne Piløts so it was sorta named after that.
So, I was thinking about getting ducks to keep near the garden because I've heard they eat the bugs, and not your precious crops. We would have the ducks down the hill at the garden and the chickens up the hill at the coop and yard. (The chickens free range.)
The problem is, I know almost...
One of our smallest, most unique hens, Ethel passed away yesterday. I believe she has had reproductive issues since she was around a year old, maybe less. It was getting worse as the months progressed.
Around 8 months ago, she started laying broken eggs. She would also frequently become...
I need to make a decision soon about Ethel, one of my not-so-healthy chickens.
Around 2 months ago, Ethel recovered from Sour Crop. I had to give her water and medicine through a syringe for a week.
Yesterday, I noticed she had it once again. Ethel hasn't laid an egg in about 8 months, so I...
Sorry about the title, not sure how to describe it.
Today I opened the nesting boxes to collect eggs, and one of my hens was eating an egg in there. (Totally different problem not correlated with this.)
I took the half eaten egg out of there and threw it away. When I took the rest of the eggs...
My girl, Ethel, was healed from Sour Crop a few weeks ago (not sure if that has anything to do with it)
2 days ago, she stayed on the perch in the morning. I left her in there, not thinking anything of it. But this morning she did it again. My mom put her outside and she is acting lethargic...
I have a sweet hen named Cuckoo(Username). She has always twitched her head like she’s trying to itch it.
She also has patches of lost feathers around her head and other areas.
I think if it was mites everybody else would be like this. What could she have?
Hey there! My hen has sour crop and I am going to get Monistat 3 for her. But I'm curious to know how to get it IN her. How much do I give her, how do I get it in her, and what else I can do. thanks!
p.s. this is my 2nd thread on her crop condition, but I just have new questions now.
My girl Ethel has a large crop today and I can tell she isn’t feeling too good. It doesn’t feel like food in there, it’s soft. What can I do?
EDIT: New topic, https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/sour-crop-questions.1330103
I know that chickens themselves can’t get poison ivy, but I noticed them a few days ago poking around in the poison ivy down the hill. I let them go because I knew it wouldn’t hurt them.
I handle my chickens a lot, and here I am now scratching vigorously at my arms. I think the oils were on...
I let my flock of 12 free range today. I just finished wrangling them back to the run. When I picked up the last chicken, Martha, she was standing next to this bush and I noticed her beak was purple stained with berries. Here’s a couple of the berries she ate. Are they safe to eat?
hiya, I’m confused to why my hen, Runner, is molting.
I’ve had my 12 chickies for about 15 months, and they are Red Sexlinks. Only one of them (Henrietta) has molted before and that was because she was broody.
Runner is molting and the other chickens aren’t, it isn’t molting season, and she...
I have 12 red sexlinks that are now a year old. I had a chicken last fall who was limping, and she had a cut on the bottom of her foot so I put cream on it till it healed
Now, my favorite hen Cuckoo (hence the username) is limping! Whenever I come out to see them, Cuckoo runs as fast as she...