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    Sliver of wattles at 4 weeks, Nubby yellow comb getting a glow of pink...

    Are these signs of a four week old chick being a boy?
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    3 1/2 Wk Old Chick Charging at Sibling? Roo?

    Is this a sign of a roo? Our black chick started charging at the other chick this week and pecking it a bit. The speckled chick will stand his/her ground and peck back a little, but doens't seem as aggressive. Today I saw the black chick get kinda confrontational to the other chick and stand...
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    Breed & Gender guesses for 2-3 week old Mutts

    Okay here are some pics of the chicks (two chicks) The black bantam cochin in the bottom is the surrogate mama. The people we got the fertilized eggs from said they'd had (just got rid of them) three roosters. From memory...they said one was black, one was brown, and...
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    Any hope for day 22 egg that has been abandoned all day?

    I could just cry. Our mama hen has been setting on six mixed breed eggs. One hatched on Saturday night, two days ago. Two half hatched last night but died. One hatched today and is doing okay. And the mama abandoned her last two eggs, one of which had never been looking like it was...
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    Is this a pip? It's on the side, should I worry?

    Our broody bantam cochin is setting on six eggs that are all from the same day of laying, but from it's a mixed flock with three roosters. One hatched yesterday evening, and mama has been showing it around today. While she was off the nest, we saw that three eggs are pipped, or so we think...
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    How to Manage Feeding for Chicks

    It's day 20 tomorrow for our bantam broody and her six regular sized eggs--we're so excited! It's our first time of hatching eggs ever. We have two chickens (including the broody), and they live in a 12' x 80' grass run. We have planned to just leave the broody and her chicks with the other...
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    Day 14 but chick in slightly porous egg is small as day 10 (but active)

    We put six fertile eggs under our broody bantam cochin on the evening of September 22nd--exactly 14 x 24 hours ago this evening. Not sure if that makes this day 14 or 15. Five of the eggs look the way they are supposed to look: they are 90% dark with a tiny amount of veiny part showing plus...
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    Egg bound? Tried to examine vent, not sure if I did it right

    3 yo RIR, walking slowly, tail feathers down sometimes, comb a bit dull, legs seem wider apart than usual. So I tried to read a bit about being egg bound, and yesterday we put her in warm water and tried to bathe her rear. I put on rubber gloves and ky and tried to feel inside her vent. This...
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    3 yo RIR walking slow, legs splayed, comb pale

    I've had a sick baby for the last year, and so I haven't had much to do with our hens for a long time. Today my husband and I were moving our six mixed flock hens to their new (large) chicken run and coop, and we noticed that one of them seems ill. The others all seem fine. The ill hen still...
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