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    Newport News poultry laws could be updated

    Newport News poultry laws could be updated September 29, 2011|By Joe Lawlor, [email protected] | 247-7874 Cluck, cluck. The way the city ordinances read now, most Newport News residents are forbidden from raising chickens. And if you like to sleep in, you probably think that's a good...
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    Ever had a chicken recover from RUBBER EGG laying?

    The last girl I had this issue w/eventually became an egg eater/internal layer. She's still alive and feisty, and in her own little area, but her life is pretty pointless (and definitely no benefits for us). We did everything we could to get her to lay hard shelled eggs again, but to no avail...
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    to cull or not tto cull? Egg layer (or not)

    yeah the molts can be pretty unpredictable. I have a few who pop right out of it and start laying again pretty quick, the rest just take their sweet time. Last year, they went into a molt in fall, and I got ZERO eggs til spring. Talk about free loaders! I'm hoping this fall/winter won't be...
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    So God Damn Noisey!

    Yeah, when we first got our girls, I was astounded at how loud my only Buff orp was. I thought they would be all meek and calm, boy was I wrong! I spent the first year being terrified of what my neighbors would think every time she made a sound (which was most of the time), and then to add...
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    Anyone else use an egg basket?

    We have one like this but rarely have enough eggs for it. It was given to us when we first got our girls, and we had visions of going out to collect eggs w/it each day. But we usually just end up grabbing them individually, bringing them in the house (my son uses the pocket method as well)...
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    Broody all summer!! EVERYONE!

    Yeah, that's pretty much the way it's been all summer. There's someone in the time out cage at all times. I just kept thinking it's gotta end soon, but no such luck. I got one of my frizzled girls in there now, and just yesterday I heard my Orp start making the broody sound while she was...
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    Broody all summer!! EVERYONE!

    Seriously, this has gotten SO old, it's pointless to even have these girls. I love 'em to death, but they have worked our last nerve this summer. We have had at least one chicken (usually 2 or more @ time) broody ALL SUMMER LONG! It's ridiculous. It all started in like March when our banty...
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    Rubber eggs - is internal laying inevitable?

    Thank you so much for your quick replies. I've considered her being a late bloomer, too, only she started out laying shelled and then slowly progressed to where she is now. Seems kinda backwards from what I expected, but we are new chicken keepers, so I don't really know what to think...
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    Rubber eggs - is internal laying inevitable?

    Thanks for your reply. That website did say that its only cause for worry if it is re-occurring , which it is in our case. This is why I"m worried. I've searched and read as many threads as possible before posting my question because I don't feel like I've found out exactly how to handle...
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    Rubber eggs - is internal laying inevitable?

    She just started laying this spring (around March, I think) her shells were extremely thin in the beginning, and eventually we weren't seeing any from her. Or at least we thought. We started noticing egg yolk on her beak and in the nest box, so we thought she was breaking them open (not hard...
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    Cochin Gone Broody on Unfertile Eggs

    Quote: I just learned this the hard way this year. Our Cochin went broody, and at first we did nothing. After a couple weeks, we became fearful for her health, as she began to eat less and less. We began tossing her out of the nest to no avail, because she'd just run right back in. We...
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    Help! The flies have taken over:

    We've tried the DE too (food grade), several times so far this spring, and the fly issue is only getting worse for us. The entire coop is white, lol. Any other suggestions?
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    broody, no rooster

    Good luck, hope yours isn't as persistent as mine. We've been trying to break my banty cochin for 3 wks now. We take her off the nest, dunk her in cold water, all of the suggestions, she's just not breakin. I don't know what else to do. I'm wondering too, if she'll just snap out of it this...
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    Swollen crop? lethargic, won't eat, head tucked, standing alone *DIED*

    We came home today, after administering oil treatments and giving acv (through dropper), and massaging, twice a day for the last few days, and our Snow White was gone. It was very hard for my son to see (he ran to check on her to see if she was able to pass any of the blockage in her crop, but...
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    Swollen crop? lethargic, won't eat, head tucked, standing alone *DIED*

    Yes, she has access to grit, and they get ACV in their water. I will try to give her some to help, though. I'm wondering if castor oil would help vs. olive oil, or is olive oil best? My son has been massaging her crop and she is starting to make choking type sounds (or as if she's trying to...
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    Swollen crop? lethargic, won't eat, head tucked, standing alone *DIED*

    She doesn't seem to be egg bound, I don't know if it can be a swollen crop? It looks swollen because of how she sits, but when we get her to straighten her head/neck, it looks a little better. Since she's a (bantam) Cornish, and pretty meaty as is, I can't tell if it's just how she's built or...
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    Swollen crop? lethargic, won't eat, head tucked, standing alone *DIED*

    I don't know what's wrong with my girl. She was a very energetic (actually quite flighty), pretty well laying, hen just a week ago. But in the past week, she has become more and more withdrawn. Sometimes she will not come down from the roost, and when she does, she just stands in a corner and...
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    Why is my Cornish eating paint?..Calcium/protein deficiency?

    Well, the other day I could've sworn that there was a woodpecker on our house until I went to check things out and saw little Miss Snow White sitting in the living room window pecking away at the chipping paint in the window sill. She only paused for about 2 seconds to look back at me, before...
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    Does egg production go down when new pecking order is established?

    After keeping our new hens separate, but within view of our other ladies, for a while, we finally integrated them. The first couple of days they got along pretty well, we were having a pretty crazy nor'easter so they all chose to (wisely) stay in the house during those days. On the first sign...
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