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  1. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    New Breed In Development! Canterbury Crested Chickens!

    Hmm... True. I hadn't thought of that. My seramas came from eggs I ordered off ebay, so who knows what kind of feathering might be in their gene pool.
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    New Breed In Development! Canterbury Crested Chickens!

    Hello all! It's been a while since I last posted on here, but I wanted to share some exciting news! I am developing a new breed of chicken! I am calling them Canterbury Cresteds, after my hometown of Canterbury Connecticut! The breed will include a mix of silkie, serama, polish crested, ayam...
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    Chicks Dying! Please Help!!

    OMG, I hadn't even considered that there could be something wrong with the water. I've already ruled out the feed, the air quality and bedding and no one feeds the chicks anything inappropriate (I have security cameras. I would see it when I check the footage.), but we do have a well and we have...
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    Chicks Dying! Please Help!!

    Hello again. I'm in need of some help. I have been hatching out chicks and haven't had issues in the past, but recently I started getting into some of the more exotic breeds and the chicks keep dying on me. They start out fine - eating, drinking and running around like perfectly healthy chicks...
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    Need Help Identifying Silkie Chick Colors

    The parents are a splash roo, a patridge hen, a buff hen and a white hen.
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    Need Help Identifying Silkie Chick Colors

    Hello all! I'm new to breeding silkies and I need help identifying the colors of the new chicks that just hatched. I've searched all over for some sort of silkie chick color chart, but the best I've found is a chart of adult colors, which doesn't help me with babies. Can you guys tell what...
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    How Much Is My Tom Worth

    (This is not an ad. I'm looking for advice) I have a royal palm tom who I'm thinking of selling. He looks a bit rough right now cause he's been fighting with my other boys, but he's a nice bird. I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what a breeding age royal palm tom is worth, please?
  8. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    Well, we lost the worst chick. She passed overnight. The others are showing improvement now that they're getting a higher dose of Corid, so I think I have my answer. Hoping to not lose anymore. Still open to suggestions if anyone has anymore tips that might up their chances.
  9. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    Really? I had no idea! What would be better for bedding, then?
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    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    Update: I took the egg shells out and adjusted the amount of corid in their water. I was using the instructions on the bottle, which is a much lower dose. They're also getting electrolytes, vitamins and probiotics in their water. I'm also force feeding the worst chick some egg mash and she's...
  11. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    I have been treating for coccidiosis. Last time I had a chick with these symptoms, that's what I did and the bird got better. But it doesn't seem to be helping this time and more birds are getting sick at a rate of 1- 2 a day. Just the ones in the brooder, though. The eggshells are for strong...
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    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    Thank you so much for that list. I'll definitely be making some calls to vets. They get chick starter. Definitely no mold in it. I've been giving them sav-a-chick vitamins and probiotics, but it doesn't seem to be helping.
  13. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    The brooder is 7'x7' and there's only one heat lamp for the younger birds, so the older birds have plenty of room to get away from the heat. I haven't put the older ones outside because they have been inside since hatching and it's been so cold. Is it really okay to put them out in 30° weather...
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    Mystery Illness! PLEASE HELP!!

    I have a large brooder with about 13 young pullets in it in my house. They vary in age from 3 weeks to 2 months. They were all fine right along and have shown no signs of anything like splay leg or the like since hatching. However, last week, one of them suddenly seemed to be having difficulty...
  15. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Need Help: Unusual Chick With No Butt!

    Hello all. I just hatched out a bunch of silkie mix chicks and we wound up with one that's really strange. It has NO BUTT! It has a vent, but no tail and it's back stops just past it's wings! There should be a good half inch more body there, but there isn't. It seems otherwise healthy. It's...
  16. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Cross Duck thread

    We have some pekin/mallard crosses! They're just babies, but they're already really pretty!
  17. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    What time are hawks active?

    We were having problems with several hawks and an owl hanging around in the dead oaks near my chicken pen (the owl even got my Lovebug, who was my friendliest bird). We seem to have found a solution. We ran wires in a zig-zagging pattern back and forth across the pen both the long way and the...
  18. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Turkey Poult With Swollen, White Areas On Legs

    They don't look like any bites I've ever seen and she's the only one out of 9 poults with the swollen, white spots. The other poults she was housed with are fine. (We separated her from the rest in case it's something contagious.) I'll pick some up anyway, just to be on the safe side, though...
  19. Beacon Point Ratite Ranch

    Turkey Poult With Swollen, White Areas On Legs

    Hey all. Looking for advice on a medical issue one of my turkey poults seems to be having. She had club foot when we got her, which I managed to correct by making her a tape boot. About 3 days ago, I noticed she was spending a lot of time sitting and seemed in pain when walking, so I checked her...
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