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  1. southerndesert

    Symptoms and cause chart

    This can be very helpful when trying to decide what a particular issue you are facing with your chickens may be.... Especially if you are relatively new to keeping chickens! Or even if you have been at it a while...
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    For those using lever activated bucket feeders...

    First of all I love these things and they save large amounts of food that otherwise would be eaten by bugs, rodents, and the gluttonous sparrows and doves we deal with here in Arizona. Here is a view of the lever available on eBay (I colored it red) And a link to one being used by chickens...
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    Need some second opinions please

    These are 9 straight runs we hatched and just want some opinions on sex as we have a bet going Hatched October 8th 2011 so about 6 to 7 weeks old or so #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 and #9
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    Just Curious...

    Allot more good folks are keeping chickens these days as pets and as livestock and for a wide variety of reasons. Now I have been around chickens for much of my life in one way or another and have seen them do some amazing things, gross, stupid, smart, evil, impossible, disgusting, and I am sure...
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    Bad Winter Coming?

    Wow do we have Hawks down here in Southern Arizona this year and they are a little early for seeing sooooo many! Often means cold winter to our North and East.... And a dangerous winter for our chickens down here....
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    Skunk trapping tips...

    Well we have a Skunk... Has nailed our Healer Ginger 3 times now in the evening over the last few months, she is very protective of our flocks and has no fear of the skunk, but we are worried about rabies etc. since a rabid Javilena was killed by G&F after attacking a local resident and biting...
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    Wher are the rest that set on Sept. 17th & 18th

    We set 13 and 12 look good so far, but had a temp spike when room cooler went down that got the incubator to near 102 (caught is quickly), in lock down now and hoping for 12 fuzzy butts soon....
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    How long have you been keeping Chickens?

    Just curious as there are so many members of this forum and just thought it would be interesting how many combined years of experience dwell here.... So how long for you and how has it changed you and your lifestyle?
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    sparrows and such...

    I have had chickens on and off for many years and have always had problems with sparrows etc. stealing from my hanging feeders. Broke down and built some treadle feeders that worked great except we had to place them on the run floors where insects (crickets, roaches, ants) and rodents quickly...
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    So Do Misters Help when 114 Degrees?

    Yup.... This is where the young flock is hanging today and looks the same in the older girls large pen, gates are open for free range, but the misters are more popular than freedom right now in the 114 degree in the shade temps. Out in the sun it is much hotter and ground temps in the sun...
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    5 Toes What am I?

    Well this is a first and not sure why we didn't notice earlier other than this one is skittish and the kids don't hold it. Noticed yesterday afternoon while doing chores... There are some breeds that have 5 toes correct? From Norway etc.? Got her free after a loss of a purchased chick from the...
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    Egg eating and age...

    Just had to cull an egg eater from our oldest flock and she was a RIR almost 4 years old. We started losing eggs here and there and never could catch her, but today my daughter walked in as she was busily breaking open her second egg.... Seems when we do have an egg eater which isn't often it...
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    What do you have predator wise?

    I lived in MI, WI, and IL. before moving to AZ and in those lush green areas we had to deal with many of the same predators as I read about here and I feel for you all. Here in AZ I have not seen a raccoon, possum, weasel, or even a skunk as we are in the desert away from any natural or man made...
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    A new twist for protien...

    Ran into a fellow that has been keeping chickens for many moons so naturally we got to talking chicken and when we got onto the subject of feeding bugs he said he is a light farmer.... Turns out he hangs a bug light from a pole in the run at night and when his girls come out in the morning...
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    First heat stroke victim in all my years keeping chickens...

    Well I have lived in the AZ desert for most my life now and today we are going to lose our first hen to heat stroke sadly. I am now joining the many others here at the forum experiencing this for the first time. I Feel bad for her, poor girl and there just isn't much we can do plus the others...
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    Chicken Coops are great rat hunting!

    At least this Western Diamondback thinks so... In the bucket and ready to get relocated to and area he will be less of a bother. The chickens don't get too excited and just watch the snake, somehow they just know to stay away and this snake never even buzzed while being caught. They do not...
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    Howdy from AZ

    Keeping a flock in Arizona with my daughter Mikayla and have enough girls to pay their way, feed us, and make Mikayla a few bucks each month. I have been keeping fowl of one sort or another on and off for most of my life and well that's about it. just checked in to learn about and share the...
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