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    Should I have water and feed in the coop? Pro's & Con's

    I have been raising Chickens since I was about twelve or thirteen. Of "primary importance" is that yjour coop be built very tight to eliminate any possibility of Rodents entering it. Mine is designed that way. A field mouse can squeeze through a hole about 1/2" square so I have heard. I don't...
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    Guinea Treats

    Thank you all for your help. Our chickens love the dried meal worms, but not the Guineas. And there is definitely one who doesn't easily go in the coop that I suspect is being bullied as the smallest. They keep it on the outside of the eating area too until they have had their fill. I think...
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    Guinea Treats

    We have 13 chickens (hens), and 5 Male Guineas. 4 all came together as chicks, and the one clearly in charge is an older male. We have them in a coop separate from the chickens, and I am wondering what I can give them as a treat to entice them into the coop quickly at night. The chickens jump...
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    dead chickens returned

    1/2 mile down the road their Husky took care of 3 of our girls when we were not home one day. This time whatever animal it was broke through a little run and reached under the coop for at least one of them, during the day while my husband was inside. No dog fur caught in the chicken wire, and...
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    dead chickens returned

    my husband thinks that is what happened.....grr if it is
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    dead chickens returned

    I suppose that is a possiblity....we searched all around the area for the missing before nightfall, but they would normally come back to the coop by dusk. I would hate to think they came back and we didn't know it. :-(
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    dead chickens returned

    We live just outside Ithaca NY, and the neighbors dog did the first killing. Going to get a trail cam I think so we can at least turn the dog owner in for not keeping his dogs on his land. What kind of fencing do you have for your outdoor pen?
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    dead chickens returned

    This is very strange. Something got into our chickens in their outdoor run in broad daylight yesterday. 1 girl dead in the yard, 3 more missing, and piles of feathers here and there. This morning I go out to check the remaining ladies in the coop, and there a 2 mostly eaten but with heads...
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    Sudden Death

    Yesterday we found one of our female Guinea Hens dead in their cage, today another is listless and has diarrhea. It has been very hot and humid, but not sure what else could be wrong.
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    soft shell eggs

    although our chickens get plenty of Oyster Shells, occassionally they still lay a soft shell egg. What is the cause of this?
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