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  1. Uzuri

    Chicken afraid of heights!

    (Long time no see folks; I moved to Boston following work, and my chickens are now under the ownership of my mother. I do long distance diagnosis and recommendations and take care of them when I visit. It's quite strange.) I started some babies for Mom last summer and they integrated well...
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    Eee! It's green!

    Or it would be if my phone camera didn't suck so bad XD Depending on the lighting, this egg is either pale steel blue, or mint green. I won the EE lottery :D
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    Another one earns a name

    (Some of you know that my chickens default to no name and an eventual home in the soup pot once they slow down. They can escape the pot by earning a name--once you're named you're home free unless you turn vicious or need to be put down due to an illness. The naming has to be spontaneous -- we...
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    My chickens are trying to put me in therapy.

    First: Hi everyone; I haven't been around much lately! ... I realized I was getting some odd looks this morning when I was gesturing -- don't blame me, I'm half Italian, and I sure perpetuate the stereotype when I get going. Anyway, a few minutes ago, I realized why: a rather ugly red gash...
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    My seven-weeker just SQUATTED O.o

    Yeah, so after two weeks on the grass, we've gone from being afraid to come out, to reluctant to go in. So tonight we went to severe measures. Caught the EE, put her in (much screaming). Caught the golden buff, put her in (much screaming). Reached for the barred rock -- *squat* This...
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    Green vs. Slate legs

    Color is next to impossible to perfect in photos unless you're a professional, so I'm wondering if anyone here has some birds with green legs and some with slate and has a picture of them together so that I might compare the color! I have a little EE, and I'm tying to decide what color her legs...
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    Tough Chicks

    I think I need to buy this year's batch biker jackets. O.o So I'm doing my peeps without a consistent heat source (so no heater, light, etc) this year. Instead they get a hot water bottle before I go to bed, and if conditions warrant, they get another in the morning. Last week, conditions...
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    Couldn't get medicated feed

    I can't believe I'm posting this, because I'm usually all about avoiding preventative medication BUT I had a problem with cocci this spring, and I'm raising the peeps outside in an area where the adults have been previously. It's also remained unusually wet this year, which I know the cocci...
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    Consequences of too little heat

    So I'm doing chicks on water bottles this year, which I think should be no problem since it's been hot enough to just leave them with nothing lately :p If anything I'm going to have trouble keeping them from overheating. Never experienced a summer like this. Anyway, despite the fact that I'm...
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    Grrr... I'm ready to eat the lot of them.

    Possibly with the feathers still on. So we were doing just fine as we went through the course of corid and then the wormer; harder egg shells, no evidence of shell-less eggs, MORE eggs on average. Then yesterday, the first day back to keeping eggs after the wormer, I get a crushed (but not...
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    Due to circumstances beyond my control...

    ... I *will* be picking out three replacement chicks in August Well, or kind of since it's only because we lost the favorite and that she was one of my younger girls. So now I'm down to two younger hens, and 5 hens who will be in their third season. So I've got to get some young blood in...
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    Buffy dropped dead!

    And doesn't it figure that it was the "pet" of the group that went first. Only one other even has a name. What causes sudden death without symptoms? The only thing I saw that was off with her was that her bum needed plucked again and was getting a little dirty. No maggots or anything like...
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    Well, I changed the nest box to foil egg-pecking...

    ...so now naturally nobody's laying in the box. On the other hand, nobody's pecking eggs, either. Go figure. Anyone know how to get chickens laying in a roll-away? Golf balls kinda,well... roll away.
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    Gah -- what's left that I'm not doing?!

    I'm having a heck of a time with thin-shelled eggs this spring -- and this morning we had a shelless (who knows how many more of those we've had; they're so easy for them to eat). Chris09 threw me some very interesting information on shell formation/nutrient requirements, and I read it through...
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    Shh...

    Don't tell my chickens, but my aggressive calcium campaign seems to be paying off. My problem child actually gave me an egg WITHOUT a hole in it yesterday. In fact, it was so tough that it had calcium deposits on it. Maybe it's time to back off a bit. Let's hope this keeps up. (But really...
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    Vitamin D supplement?

    Anyone know what you feed a chicken if you think her D3 is down? I'm getting some thinner shells than I'd like, and it's not from lack of calcium (it'd be hard to see how they could get more of that than they are without force-feeding the stuff), so I'm thinking maybe something's interfering...
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    #$%^& egg eating ingrates!

    Yeah, just need some time to vent. Not looking for advice, I know all the plan, procedures, and old-wives tales for breaking the little buggers. Noticed my numbers were down a couple weeks ago. Figured they just might not be "into" it yet, due to different weather or whatever -- minor changes...
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    You've heard of the Buckeye Egg Farm...

    ...now how about just a Buckeye-egg: Of course, it'd have to be a little darker to be a real buckeye, but she got awfully close. My chickens are strange.
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    Barbed wire deter dogs?

    I've got a dog problem (actually I have 4 separate dog problems. @#$%& incompetent owners). Two were a pair of large dogs, running loose. They were in my renters' garage univnited (immediately next door), they don't respond to any sort of commands or threats. They have no collars...
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    My girls are famous!

    Well, for some value of "famous" XD They were in the Winter edition of the Kenyon College Alumni Bulletin (web version of the article; print version is way cooler, gives almost a whole page to the photo): http://bulletin.kenyon.edu/x3535.xml My adults were in molt, so these were this year's...
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