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    Stopped laying a week before her first year " Hatchday " What's wrong?

    I have a flock of four. Had actually. One died last week of a bee sting. Another stopped laying about a week ago also. She is a dominique. She is not acting broody. She's free-ranging and acting normal except for her not laying. About four weeks ago I started noticing one egg of the...
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    Perplexing eye problem -- one eye

    In late September I noticed the left conjunctiva on my 4 month old Buckeye swelled. There was a little mucus every day. I separated her from the rest trying to protect the rest, but she wouldn't eat without them so I put her back . Funny thing is that none of the other pullets have had any...
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    Green gel for chicks?

    Planning to get my chicks this spring and am looking at preparing food etc. Just a quick question about this green gel the hatcheries and other catalogue suppliers are selling for their first few days. Anyone know about that ?? I have seen Vital Packs with vitamin and electrolytes and Save...
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    FROZEN WATER - What's the answer?

    What are the options for keeping water from freezing in winter?? I am going nuts with this issue. I bought a metal waterer and a metal base warmer from Tractor supply only to find out that you're not to use it with an extension cord, which was my plan because I do not have electricity to the...
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    noisy hens?

    I am planning a backyard flock and haven't chosen exactly which breeds I am getting, but I am leaning toward the following for the characteristics I need for my suburban set-up. (Hens only) Barred Rocks, Dominiques, and Buckeyes. However, I just read on some other chicken site that...
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    coop floor covering

    Been thinking how to waterproof the floor of my up-coming wooden coop. Not long ago I saw a posting that some had put linoleum down. Sounds like a plan. Have those who have done that used the glue on squares or laid down linoleum in sheets? Are the glue fumes over time a problem do you think...
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    ?dangerous soil?

    Can someone tell me is there are any potential dangers with placing a coop here? I have cleared out a place in my suburban back yard for my new chicken coop and chickens coming in the spring. I seem to have found an area where the soil has a lot of what looks to be old coal ash or whatever you...
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    Hi. Can anyone help with roost size and direction? Specifically, I am looking to buy a coop which has a 2X4 in its vertical position-- the 2 going across and the 4 going vertically. This doesn't seem right to me, but I have no chicken experience. In other people's coops I have seen a 2x4...
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    HI. Just joined and love the site.

    Will be getting chicks or chickens in the spring. Don't know what kind yet. Priorities are: 1) will forage for TICKS, TICKS, and more TICKS... and other bugs 2) are winter hardy (live in PA) 3) for laying -not meat 4) ( can't be a guinea hen --- too noisy for my area
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