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    Flock Integration by Scent?

    I recently chatted with an experienced chicken owner over Thanksgiving leftovers and described the troubles I had been having with one of my Rhodies being a real bully bird to the younger (but fully grown) hens when I integrated the flocks. Earlier in the spring when allowed to forage among 21...
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    Experimental Integration

    I have read that you shouldn't try to integrate a single bird into an established flock. Naturally, that is exactly what I am attempting to do. My hatchery order of a few layer pullets and 21 meat birds included two extra chicks. One of the extras was another meat bird (long since in our...
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    Vent Gleet predisposition?

    I have a hen that gets vent gleet over and over again. In fact, she seems to perpetually get reinfected even though I put probiotics in their water regularly. Unfortunately, I got my hens when they were well grown pullets, and they have never been "tame," especially this Wyandotte who won't even...
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    Weak or no shell egg layer

    Greetings Friends, I bought 5 pullets (two Rhode Island Reds, and 3 Wyandottes) in mid-August, and the eldest of them started laying in late October/early November, and the last of them started laying right around Christmas. I have extended their days in the coop with artificial light as our...
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    Defluorinated rock phosphate?

    Hey chicken whisperers. The newbie here has been voraciously reading everything I can get my hands on to figure out how to tend my 5 pullets. From Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens, I came across this advice: "To balance the calcium supplement, offer phosphorus in the form of defluorinated...
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    Adventures of a Chicken "Tender"

    I am a retired elementary school teacher who at last gets to pursue raising chickens after it having been on my bucket list for decades! I just bought 5 juvenile hens from a breeder about an hour south of where I live on the edge Missoula, Montana. I have one 5 month old Rhode Island Red, one 4...
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    Juvenile losing major flight feathers

    I just acquired 5 pullets of various youthful ages. The eldest is a Rhode Island Red just 5 months of age. My concern is that she seems to have lost her flight feathers in the week she has been here. They are scattered around the chicken run. It's too early for her to molt, correct? She is the...
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