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  1. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Common Mistakes Poultry Keepers Make (And How to Fix Them)'

    I have figured out, after the fact, what to name all the lookalike sisters! I just call them "Girlie". In the end it doesn't really matter. If I am outside, it means Treats are ready. They see me and come running! I am immediately overrun and covered with my beautiful black hens. Nothing is better.
  2. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Who is Laying.....and Who is Not? Butt Check!'

    If your neighbors or friends have chickens and none of their girls go broody, offer to let your broody hen incubate the eggs for them, especially when your broody girl won't break her concentration and get off the nest. It's an opportunity to inject new blood into your flock by keeping one or...
  3. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Who is Laying.....and Who is Not? Butt Check!'

    Sometimes hens just go broody, rooster or not. You just have to shoot them out of the nesting area till they get the idea! If they go broody, they won't lay any eggs! Sometimes they won't even be sitting on anything at all!!! It's a mystery to me too. Good luck. It's sort of a war of wills at...
  4. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Can someone identify my hens breed?'

    She does lay white eggs..they look relatively large for her diminutive size. Usually five to six a week. She goes where she wants, I have two areas where I keep my chickens and she chooses which area she "hangs" out in. She's a trip! Thank you for identifying her breed. Read a little bit about...
  5. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Can someone identify my hens breed?'

    Wow, I think you nailed it! They look like sisters. What is her size and disposition??
  6. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Can someone identify my hens breed?'

    Thank you for your input Chicken-Maniac. You are probably right, she is a mix of some kind. I don't think Marans are in the mix but maybe Barred Rock and some kind of Bantam. She is smaller than all of my flock, weights about three pounds at the most. But like I said she is meaner than any...
  7. Can someone identify my hens breed?

    Can someone identify my hens breed?

    A couple of years ago I inherited three hens from a neighbor who didn't want chickens any more. Two mostly white older ladies who passed on a couple of years ago. The third one, (pictured) is a brazen little lady, meaner than snake scat! From the moment she entered my flock, she rose to second...
  8. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Who is Laying.....and Who is Not? Butt Check!'

    I had a hen sneak off and disappear for twenty days, and sure enough she came home with her newly hatched family. Took me by surprise as she was a young one herself! But after losing a couple of chicks, eight survived (which doubled the size of my flock!). Six female and two male. She was, as I...
  9. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Common Mistakes Poultry Keepers Make (And How to Fix Them)'

    Yes, I was truly lucky that she and her chicks were safe! She had selected a place with kind of high weeds for her hiding place. Since she was the only one who went over the wall, they were all her own eggs and none "donated' by another hen. I can just imagine how she hid from the couple of cats...
  10. Andrea5718

    Comment by 'Andrea5718' in article 'Common Mistakes Poultry Keepers Make (And How to Fix Them)'

    My chicken population doubled when one of my hens just disappeared! My girls are free range, and she would disappear during the day to lay her egg. She managed to be very sneaky! Couldn't find her nest although I tried every day! Finally, she just totally disappeared! I thought maybe a hawk or...
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