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  1. Kait27

    Naked Bums = mites???

    I have four Buff Orpington hens who will be two on Sunday. For a while, I've been noticing that a couple had some feathers missing below their vent area, but I really didn't give it much thought. The other night while they were roaming the yard, I noticed that three have this, and one of the...
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    Internal Layer starts laying... 8 months later!?!?

    Does anyone else have experience with recovered internal layers? I have four BO hens who are 18 months old, and one of them (we call her Sickie) began laying internally in the spring... she stopped laying in April, and in June, when I realized what was happening, she nearly died- didn't move for...
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    Egg Shells "Harden when they hit the air?" Um, wtf???

    This is just a story, but I had to share it. I went to our local county fair last night (entered a dozen of my eggs, won a blue ribbon yay! but not the point.) At any rate, I was in the poultry tent, and I over heard a man who was behind the table, so he was somehow involved, telling a guest...
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    Can a recovered internal layer begin to lay again????

    Hi All... A few months ago I posted about a very sick suspected internal layer... you can read about it here if you want the back story: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=362549&p=1 In short, she stopped laying sometime in April or May, got very sick in June to the point...
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    Suspected internal layer? Enlarged abdomenal area, 1yo BO

    First, the basics: 1 year old Buff Orpington hen. One of four in backyard coop, only one exhibiting symptoms. Raised from day-olds from local co-op, which ordered from Mt. Healthy. No prior health issues. Began laying in November 09, laid well through winter. Free access to enclosed run and...
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    Year Old Buffs stop laying?

    I have four Buff Orps who are a few weeks shy of their first birthday. Laying has been fairly regular, 3-4 eggs per day, with some slower periods of 2-3 eggs/day over the winter when it was really cold. The past week or two, production has dropped to nearly nothing. I have one hen that seems to...
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    Wheezing or making funny noise? with video

    I have four 10 month old buff orps... theyve been perfectly healthy, and i checked them an hour or so and they were fine. Then we just let them out to free range for a little while and noticed one making this noise...it appears to be kind of wheezy, but shes acting perfectly normal... as you can...
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    dirty butt? should I be worried?

    One of my 10 month old buff orp's has had a dirty butt for a while...i didnt give it much thought because I could tell it was just in her feathers, and that her vent itself was clear. tonight though, i noticed it was getting quite nasty, and stood out against her yellow fluffy feathers. So I...
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    Questions about letting a broody hatch and raise...

    I've got four buff orpingtons that are...jeez, almost 10 months old! At any rate, one has gone broody twice since January, and I have no doubts she'll do it again. I'd like to expand my flock by only one or two, and I'm thinking about waiting for her to go broody again and ordering some eggs off...
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    No egg for several days?

    I'm probably reading far too much into this, but here's the background: I have four Buff Orp pullets, hatched 6/5/10- 7 months old. Living in a converted area of a shed. Two nest boxes for four chickens (really, only 3. One chicken refuses a nest box and only lays on the floor.) In the...
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    needsome facts to educate others- eating fresh eggs

    I'm getting to the point where I need to give away some eggs, and I'm going to start bringing them to work. I want to make a sign for the work fridge alerting people to the (free) fresh eggs inside, with a few things to know about fresh eggs- differences they might notice, as well as advantages...
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    Does each pullet have her own signature egg color?

    i have four BO's that will be 24 weeks tomorrow, and I got my first egg on Sunday- I've now gotten three eggs, all in the afternoon (one sunday, one tuesday, one wednesday). Each one is a slightly different shade of brown. Because they were always laid at the same time of day, I think its only...
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    First Egg! What a ruckus- are they always this loud?

    I cleaned out the coop yesterday afternoon to do a pre-winter scrub down. (A hint to anyone out there- an air compressor with a gun nozel on it works great to blow shavings and cobwebs out of the corners!). While i was doing this I turned my four 23week old Buff Orps out to roam the yard. One of...
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    Can my chickens catch my cold/flu?

    This might be a silly question, but I'm a little concerned- I have been running a low temp and coughing for several days (after being exposed to a confirmed case of h1n1). Today I came down with horrible cold symptoms. I know most animals can't catch human disease (and vice versa) but can i pass...
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    Switching from grower to layer before first egg?

    I have four BO pullets, 19 weeks old, and about a week to 10 days supply of grower crumbles left- I really don't want to buy another bag of grower crumbles and only use a tiny bit of it. Would it be harmful to just switch them to layer feed when grower runs out, when they are 20ish weeks? No...
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    Yogurt everyday for young chickens too much calcium?

    Since my chickens moved outside at around 3 weeks of age, ive started giving them some yogurt every morning, in addition to their free access to crumbles. I have four buff orpingtons, now 17 weeks, and I've always given them about 2-3 tablespoons (total, not per bird) at a time. they love it...
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    will a chipped beak grow out?

    Hi, One of my 14-week-old BO's has a tiny chip in the tip of her top beak- its only the surface layer, has no effect on her eating abilities, and i don't plan to show them, so really it isn't a big deal. I'm just curious if with time, will it grow out? Do chicken beaks constantly grow?
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    Will chickens come in to get water?

    I'm not trying to insult the intelligence of my four 10-week-old Buff Orps, but in New England, we're in a bit of a heat wave (topping 90°, air so thick you have to chew it). My chickens live in a cordoned-off section (3x6ft) of our shed, but spend most of their time in the outdoor enclosed run...
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    CHicks are too old for starter, too young for layer- now what?

    I need feeding advice- I have four buff orpington girls, and i am chicken-sitting eight more (2 each EE, BO, RIR, Comets). They are all 9 weeks old today. I'm still feeding my girls starter crumbles that they've been on since they hatched, and have enough to keep feeding for a while, but the...
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    Adding one silkie to four Buff Orps?

    I have a hypothetical question... I currently have 4 one-month-old buff orps. They are all quite friendly and sociable, as I know buff orps tend to be. however, i'm fascinated by silkies and would love one! The farm I used to work at (petting zoo type) frequently has baby chicks on display, and...
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