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  1. janelle18

    Older Sportsman cabinet incubator heat variation-is it normal?

    Hi I have an older wooden sportsman incubator. The temperature at the top of the incubator reads 100.2 but my thermometer at the bottom is only 97. Is this normal, should I increase a bit more in hopes the middle of the incubator stays at 99.5 ?
  2. janelle18

    Gender help! Pictures included!

    Yes, single comb. They were hatched out mid-august.
  3. janelle18

    Gender help! Pictures included!

    I have this chicken in with my young roosters right now but he has only a little comb and it is more yellow than any of the others. I am sending my roosters from processing this week so I need to know! The breed is Basque ( eo).
  4. janelle18

    What breed is this Banty hen?

    Thanks! It would be funny if she went broody , she would only be able to sit on 1 or 2 eggs!
  5. janelle18

    What breed is this Banty hen?

    She looks very similar to the one in your picture! Do OEG lay very many eggs/often? I don't know what to expect from this girl!
  6. janelle18

    What breed is this Banty hen?

    Just got this hen dropped off. I wasn't around when she got dropped off and I said to just leave her in the barn. I couldn't find her for forever and finally it occurred to me to look up! Any idea what breed she is! I put her in a pen with my 9 week old chicks and she is much smaller than all...
  7. janelle18

    My First Broody Hen.. YAY... now I need help...

    Thanks for all your help.. I watched her a bit yesterday and when any of the other hens came near she got defensive and they chose the easier option of laying in the other nesting box. I think I am going to leave her were she is and move the other birds out of the pen and into a different one. I...
  8. janelle18

    My First Broody Hen.. YAY... now I need help...

    So i have a broody hen. She is currently in a 8ftx8ftx10ft pen with 5 other hens and a roo. The nest boxes in the pen are raised about 2.5ft off the ground. Therefore i need to move her lower. I have another nesting box that i can move her to on the ground in the same pen.. my questions are ...
  9. janelle18

    Best Way to Disinfect

    I have new chicks that I want to move to my brooder that previously held other chicks and some grown birds when space was needed. The brooder has a wire bottom, which means that it is difficult to clean since some of the poop doesnt fall all the way through and sticks etc. I cleaned it out the...
  10. janelle18

    Help! Injured hen!

    I find bully hens are really hard to re-introduce. The other birds sense the weakness and are mean to them. The bully birds usually don't 'fight back' which means they just get hurt. I had one hen and this was the case with her, she got beat up and lost a bunch of feathers, when they grew back I...
  11. janelle18

    How long

    yes, they should have a heat lamp so that the temp is approx 90-95, it can decrease by 5 degrees each week as they feather out
  12. janelle18

    Help! Injured hen!

    Blue Kote is really handy for these kind of injuries. I had it for my horses, but use it for my chickens all the time now. I spray it on my barred rocks who feather pic of their naked area's and it seems to make it less attractive ( plus hides that bare pink flesh :(). But if I have a hen that...
  13. janelle18

    Dealing with an aggressive chick: ADDED photos

    I had a batch of chicks before and some were very violent with others pecking at the eyes so much that they would be swollen shut. The best way that we dealt with them was by tossing the "bully" chicks into a pen with chicks that were a week or so older, who easily put that naughty chicks in...
  14. janelle18

    Icelandic Chickens

    this works!? I want to do this ASAP!
  15. janelle18

    Icelandic Chickens

    Yes, i agree about taking the job seriously. I just don't know where/how to keep him away from the hens without having him locked up in a cage. I just hate having naked backs!! The pen isnt too large probably 8ft by 8ft, they will be rotated out into an outside pen once the weather warms up
  16. janelle18

    Icelandic Chickens

    how many icelandic hens do you have per roo. I know they can handle 8-10, but I only have 3 hens to my one roo and thier poor backs are naked. I tried to put a saddle on put the hen was pulling it off in no time. Is there any thing else I can do to help this? Trim the roosters nails or...
  17. janelle18

    Icelandic Chickens

    ill look into it!!
  18. janelle18

    Icelandic Chickens

    I did realize the one that was reading higher was right under the heating element, so i adjusted it and am finally happy, one reading 99.5-99.9 and the other reading constantly around 100.0 or 100.1. So finicky. You can never have enough thermometers, but having more than one seems to create...
  19. janelle18

    Icelandic Chickens

    Chooks Chicks, I have an old sportsman too and had horrible hatch results my first time around because of temperature :( speaking of temperature problems... sorta.. in my Styrofoam bator i have two thermometers, one used for two hatches and one brand new. One is showing perfect temperature, but...
  20. janelle18

    are your dogs and chicken friends

    my lab loves my chickens:) ETA: Roxy (the dog) is a hunting dog, and is used to retrieving ducks and geese throughout the fall. She just knows what kinda birds she can touch and birds that she can't touch.
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