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    Need Advice about Raising My First Ducks (Khaki Campbells)

    I have a pasture area that is about 60 by 25 and inside are our hens-- maybe 60 play in there along with our two little Nigerian Goats. I just got 4 baby ducks. They are under a heat lamp. My question is what is the best way to keep them after that: They could be kept inside the bigger...
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    Scarey Predator Story: Resolved!

    The chickens yelled so loud in the night, and I awoke and phoned my farm hand. We both went out to see what was up: An animal had killed several chickens. It killed them and left the carcasses! The other hens were hysterically clucking and frightened. To prevent predators, we had dug down...
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    Hello, I Am a Happy Chicken Farmer In N.W. Oregon!

    We have 70 hens, or there about! They are a variety of breeds, a variety of ages and they share a huge coop and a pasture area. 3 little goats also are out in the little pasture along with an occasional set of bunnies. The bunnies stay separated by gender because, otherwise, there will be...
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    What about Feeding Worms or Other Bugs?

    I read somewhere that earth worms might have parasites in them? Is this true? Should I not let them eat them? I have a compost bin full of worms. I would like to give them some! They are easy to generate and high in protein! I know they love them because they have eaten them when they...
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    I Am Getting a Peahen (As Soon As My Neighbor Catches Her!)

    The hen has been running around in my neighbor's back yard. My neighbor is wealthy and has a perfect lawn, etc. I have a tiny farm. So, the beautiful hen will be brought here. Questions: 1. What is a good way to catch her. I brought my neighbor a dog crate, and she will put in some...
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    How to Raise Silkies with a Broody Hen

    I have two adorable little Silkie roos! One is white with a purple face. He looks like a jewel and I named him Treasure. The other is black and white and orange and he sings badly with a hoarse voice. He looks a bit like a Spanish pirate and he seems to be saying "Argh!" in chicken language...
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    What Sort of Ducks Should I Get and How Many and Any Other Tips

    We are in Oregon. I have 2 acres on a little river. I created a 70 by 30 fenced pasture and put in a bunch of chickens (50 or more-- lost count). I also have quail in a couple cages, bunnies also in some hutches, and two goats of my own and 4 that I am boarding in my "Goat Hotel" for people...
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    Need Advice About Getting a Broody Hen to Lay, Incubate Eggs and Then Protect the Chicks Until They

    I need some more hens. Egg sale demands are huge: I can't keep up with them! So, a friend suggested I take her 1 1/2 year old great laying Buff Orphington Hen which she says is almost always broody. The idea is that I will put her with our big beautiful alpha Rhody Red rooster, and she will...
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    I Want to Find the Best and Least Costly way to feed my 40 Hens and Roos. How to Make it Sustainabl

    Currently we give them about 5 quarts of layer pellets per day. We also give them any scraps or green leafy items we can get. This would be around 1/2 cup each I think they are underfed. The feed costs a lot, though: 15 dollars for 50 pounds is the best price I can find. How can I do...
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    Saving money on chicken feed

    If I buy at the big farm stores (Coastal or Wilco) they charge 14 dollars for 40 pounds. 35 cents a pound. If I go to a local small independent feed store, they do better at 50 pounds for $15. That is 30 cents a pound. Once in a blue moon one of the big farm stores do sell some feed for a...
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    Dying Pullets

    I am a relatively new chicken farmer. I bought 10 chicks on 1 Jan, and a friend cared for them until they were 5 weeks. When they could go outdoors, I brought them and put them into an old coop. They have been there for 6 weeks THRIVING, eating,, drinking, playing, cute! . Yesterday and the...
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    Putting a Silkie Roo in with Big Hens and a Big Polish Roo

    I recently created a flock of 21 hens, and someone brought me a beautiful big red Polish Roo. I named him "Handsome Boy"! He is aggressive, but, if I find him napping, he calms down, and I can carry him or pet him, and he even seems to like it. I told my friend that when I carry and pet him...
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    Need Advice on How to Add New Hens

    I am looking for advice. What has worked for you and for others? We currently have 10 hens and one beautiful gentle roo. We have had chickens for the past 3 years, and some are getting old.... We had 4 others, but one died from a predator (unidentified, but may have been a coon), one...
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    What About Banana?

    My chickens love it, but someone told me it is not safe. I get over ripe ones before the grocery store composts them. We toss down slices, and they squack and carry them off to prevent theft and even fight over the pieces.
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    Rescue!

    About a year ago, it was raining here, as it usually does in the lsummer or just about any time of the year! We saw a small rooster running on the road nearby. I phoned our neighbors, but none were missing any of theirs. A few days later there was an all day down pour. We went out to do...
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    INTRODUCING NEW HENS AND PULLETSTO 1 YEAR OLDS IN THE COOPS

    I have two coops. One has a tall Plymouth Rock Rooster and 4 little Rhode Islanders. The second has a Bantum Roo part Easter Egger and 6 hens: 1 big Rhode Islander, 1 Buff Orphington, 1 Aracana, 1 Plymouth Rock and 2 Black Sex Links. Everyone gets along nicely. During the day they all go...
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    Chickens Appear to Eating Their Eggs?

    We have 4 hens in one coop. They have apparently not been laying in the past couple of weeks. We discovered today that there was an egg in the egg box. My friend went to get some stale bread to feed the chickens. When he came back to get the egg, the hens were all eating the egg that was...
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    What Breed are these Beautiful Black Hens?

    I do not know how to make this listing sophisticated so I am just writing and then I will add a couple photos. I get three hens from a woman who was keeping them inside her bathroom and feeding them canned kitty food! She said she had been unsure if they were male or female and named two of...
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    Should we get two ducks or two geese?

    We have 10 chicken hens and 2 roosters. I love them. They are sweet, and easy to raise, and entertaining and the eggs are amazing. So I thought I might be more animals. I can't be too crazy or I would get a peacock, some guinea hens, some turkeys, geese, ducks and who knows what all else...
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    I Need Tips on How to Add Three New Hens to an existing small flock

    We have 7 chickens and two roosters. Three hens are in one house with one roo, and 4 are in with the second roo. All of them are full grown around a year or less old. I love them, and I am getting three more this week! I want them to live with the 3 hens and the roo. The new ones are...
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