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    Injured hen drinking and spilling a lot

    A raccoon got into our coop the other night and I woke up to the raccoon screaming. I ran out thinking our top hen was dead because of her feathers were everywhere, but about 5 minutes after I got outside, she ran out of the coop injured. That was about 36 hours ago. She is now recuperating in...
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    Sex of 27 week old chicken

    Is this chicken a rooster? We were assuming he is, but compared to his impressive brother, his rooster signs are weak. He has the thin neck feathers, but when I look at pics of other Easter egger hens, some have them as well. I don’t see defined saddleback feathers, but maybe the are coming? He...
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    Barred Rock/Ameraucauna mix -- idea of sexing?

    Any ideas what this little thing may be at 7 weeks? The roo is a barred rock and the mom an ameraucauna. We also have two other siblings that look like barred rocks. Same age. One is already starting to form wattles and a bigger comb, so I assume a rooster? The other has a muff, so I'm...
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    Chicks, a mother who lost interest (maybe), a hawk, and a bully

    A wonderful hen of ours reared 3 chicks this summer. After raising some chicks in our garage last year, my husband and I have praised how easy this process has been to have a hen do it all for us. They have free-ranged from the beginning with all our other hens and all have been living happily...
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    Introduction of chicks (I have read it all, but I'm still unsure)

    We have 3 hens and 5 10week old chicks. About a month ago, we moved the chicks out of our garage into an enclosed crate my husband made which is in the enclosed coop. This has acted as the chicks "safe house". I'm really ready to have them in the coop at night, though, because of predators...
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    Tail feathers cocked to side?

    Does anyone know if this is anything to worry about? There is a golfball-sized bump on our 2-month chicks back. It's hard and does not seem to bother her when we touch it.
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    laying hens pecking chicks

    We have 3 laying hens and 5 chicks who are now 2 months old. We had enough of the dust in our garage and moved the chicks outside last week. The hens are still sleeping alone in the coop, and the chicks are in a crate, of sorts, my husband made inside the enclosed (roof is enclosed, too)...
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    Something poking out of skin after dog attack...

    We had a chicken that got attacked by our neighbor's dog today. The dog didn't do too much damage, he just bit her in her rump. We cleaned her with an antimicrobial wash and put some neosporin on the bites. On her rump, she has a patch with missing feathers and a couple of small wounds...
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    Are chicks too cold?

    We just picked up our chicks from the post office, and I want to make sure they are okay... I went last week to store to get all necessary materials. I asked about a thermometer and the girl said I really didn't need one at this time of the year in Virgina, but since then a cold front has...
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    Snake danger?

    I'm completely new to all of this, but we desire to get some chickens within the next year. I'm currently in the process of reading as much as I can, but I just can't get past the thought of snakes right now. It seems like they are prevalent around chicken coops? Is there a danger of getting...
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