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    Moscovy Duck Will Likely Lose Both Feet - what to expect?

    A few weeks ago I posted about my Moscovy Duck acting weird. Eating, drinking, pooping normally, but seeming ruffled and off balance. After putting him inside and watching him, he seemed to have perked up after a few days. We put him back out with his friends. Then he seemed off again. Inside...
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    3 year old Moscovy with drooping wings!

    Hi there. My 3 year old Moscovy drake starting drooping his wings today. From what I understand, Angel Wing commonly occurs before 3 months of age and mostly in 1 wing. He doesn't seem to be acting differently at all. If he continues to do this tomorrow, Im going to put him inside. In the...
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    Spring hatchlings have started dying

    Hi there. I hatched out about 15 mixed chickens in the spring. They've been healthy until recently. They all eat, get plenty of water and do not fight. There are 2 rabbits around them. They are 4 months old. 2 weeks ago I had a hen start acting off. It was my mistake to not quickly notice the...
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    I have never seen anything like this while candeling

    Hi! This egg is alive. I made sure it wasnt just sloshing around in there. The heart is definitely beating. What is going on here? This little bud is gonna die, isnt it? To me it looks like a brewing infection.
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    Broody Hen Emergency

    Hello! My hen has been sitting on eggs on my front porch for almost a full 3 weeks. Hatch day is set for Tomorrow and Sat. It snowed last night and its 37 degrees right now. I just checked and shes GONE. I dont know if shes just a bad sitter. I touched the eggs, they're almost cold. Should I...
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    Rescue Conures: how to socialize?

    Hello friends, I have recently acquired 2 rescue conjures, Boo and Mango. I have zero information on them, except they belonged to a woman who passed, and they were sold at an animal auction to someone I know. The person who gave them to me didn't handle them at all. When I met the birds a...
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    Shaking chick

    Hello, I recently purchased a trio of mille mille fluers. They're about 3 weeks old, very cute, and initially no presented issues. I went to check on them yesterday and one of them is shaking. I mean sitting there shivering. Very unstable on its feet, but no visible injuries. Interested in...
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    What in the word is this on the egg?

    Hello friends! I'm back with an update on this egg I asked about a week ago, still have very little idea what day it's on, but, I candled today and this spot that was very light on the egg a few days ago has increased substantially. The duckling is still moving inside. What is this? Is it going...
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    How far along is this egg?

    I made a mistake. I took eggs from my ducks ( theres like 20 of them and this is their first laying season) none of my moms are sitting, so I thought this would be a good chance to incubate some wood ducks. I took a few to try my hand, and I grabbed some khaki Campbell eggs too just in case (...
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    Nurture Right 360 directions

    This is a long shot, but does anyone have this incubator and could possibly take a picture of the directions for use? Or have a PDF? I hatched out my first ducks and chickens last year and had a blast. Now I have some sea bright eggs and I took my incubator our of storage but cannot find the...
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    Duckling head deformity

    hello. This is my last little Moscovy baby. It was struggling for over 24 hours since it started to unzip. We finally broke away a little of the shell but then this guy popped out looking like this.that bump is on his head. It almost looks like a long blood blister. He hasn’t unbent himself...
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    Khaki Campbell Air Cells huge 4 days before hatch

    Y’all I’m not sure what to do here. This is my first time incubating ducks and I have read so many conflicting articles so what I’ve gathered is, if the air cells are growing too large, up the humidity. And I’ve tried that but clearly, I wasn’t doing it well enough because I checked on my eggs...
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    Quail Egg Crack?

    Hello everyone! I’m trying my hand at incubating some quail eggs as my next project. We purchased two pairs of coturnix quails at an auction and there was an egg inside when we opened it. Shortly after, another hen laid an egg! But, when I took it out to look, it had a small crack in it. There...
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    Mystery(ish) chicks

    Hello! I have just concluded my first incubation! I started with 14 eggs, 10 made it to lockdown, and now I have 10 baby chicks. All the chicks are 5ish days old. Since I took the eggs randomly from chickens ( they live at my SO's parents home) I have no idea who the hen is that laid them, or...
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    When is lock down? When is hatch day?

    I’m a huge noob and I’m confused so if someone would like to help me figure this out once and for all I would be eternally grateful: I put my eggs in on Sunday, the 18th at 8 pm. At the end of today, it will have been 17 days. When do I take out the turner tray? When is lock down? When should...
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    Are these embryos dead?

    Hello! Today’s featured question from a first time chicken Mom: Are these embryos dead? These are two different eggs. Top one looks like a perfectly round yolk now, no blood vessels attached. Bottom has that weird red jagged line around the edge. Neither have movement. Are these two...
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    Tiny Eggs

    Hello friends! I'm here to ask about your successes with tiny eggs. I have a chicken egg in the incubator and its so small! Much smaller then the rest. It looks like it's developing just fine so far, but if it makes it to hatch, it'll be one tiny chicken. I wanted to ask about your successes...
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    Embryo Movement

    I have kind of a weird question. So in short, I'm incubating 15 chicken eggs for the first time (woo). I can't help but candle them at every stage at this point, because I just...need to know whats going on. Today is day 5- as in, at 8 pm today, they'd have been in the incubator for 5 days. They...
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    Hello!

    Hi everyone! I'm originally from NYC and I've recently moved upstate. My boyfriend's family has been raising exotic birds for many years and I'm super interested in chickens in general. I have two Nigerian Dwarf Goats that live with some Sebright friends. Separately, we've got some Silkies...
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