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    Moving mother Hen and 7 week old chicks

    Momma hen self hatched 10 and I added 6 to her little family 7.5 weeks ago. The purchased chicks are more toward a week older. Still peeping but good size. Mother has her chicks in with the general population but she continues to take them into the chicken tractor at night where they are...
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    HELP!!

    Need to know what to do. Mother hen left the nest with 3 eggs left behind. One was pipping. She stayed away most of the day with her new brood. I took the 3 eggs and put under heat. 12 hrs later the one chick has hatched. Do I take her back out to the coop and put it under the mother.... with...
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    Mother Hen Tormenting 1 Chick

    Here is the scenario - broody sitting on 12 eggs. Knowing a number would be roos, on hatch day, I bought 5 pullets that went under her at night. No issues. Eggs continue to hatch through the day. However 2 of my 5 pullets did not survive - squashed? Or knows. But the 3 that were left she...
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    ? about slipping chicks under broody hen

    I have a hen sitting day 21 tomorrow - 12 eggs. Tractor Supply will have a shipment in the AM. They expect to sell out in an hour. I want to slip 6 pullets under sitting hen .... insurance that I will have pullets and I won’t keep any Roos that she’ll hatch anyway. Question is — do I have to...
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    ??s about weather changing and moving broody at hatch time...

    I have a hen sitting on 12 eggs -- that will hatch today/tomorrow. I saw one egg move slightly when she took her morning stroll. I have her in a chicken tractor inside the chicken pen. She's been a good broody. My concern is the weather is changing -- colder. A lot colder. They aren't directly...
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    ??s concerning Weather and Broody about to hatch...

    So I have a hen sitting on 12 eggs -- that will hatch today/tomorrow. I saw one egg move slightly when she took her morning stroll. I have her in a chicken tractor inside the chicken pen. She's been a good broody. My concern is the weather is changing -- colder. A lot colder. They aren't...
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    Dog feed dispensers for chickens

    Anyone do this? We have to leave for a week and want to triple up my feed inside the coop. We have someone coming everyday to gather eggs and check on things but I want to be sure we have plenty of feed out. Was thinking those would work ...
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    Sad day! Lost 7

    7 out of 23 at one time... what a bummer! Found piles of feathers... trailing over the ravine. Day attack. I don't let the girls free range if I'm not with them. Today hubby was going to be outside working so I thought it was safe to let them have a treat. UGH!! Neighbors have been making...
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    Drainage in the Run

    So......... my sand is now spongy. Folks said it's a drainage issue and sand is still the best for the run. My run is 500 sq ft. Too big to cover. I agree the sponginess is due to drainage. A dry week does not dry the run out. I'm sick of spongy. I feel sorry for the hens who have to live...
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    To Sand or not to Sand.... That's the ?

    For over 5 years now I have been using sand in my large uncovered run. I 'freshen' it up by adding a top layer about 2X a year. This last winter was so bad and there was so much snow and moisture... and so much sand.... Now I'm rethinking the whole sand thing. When I step out there, my foot...
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    Never-ending Molt????

    Have any of you had a chicken molt and never fully recover? As my girl had a very bad molting - as in a walking rotisserie chicken. Now she is feathered but not fully. Tail didn't come back - few wing feathers. Her face is normal and her comb is bright red. I don't think she is laying. I...
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    Never-ending Molt????

    Have any of you had a chicken molt and never fully recover? As my girl had a very bad molting - as in a walking rotisserie chicken. Now she is feathered but not fully. Tail didn't come back - few wing feathers. Her face is normal and her comb is bright red. I don't think she is laying. I...
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    Natural Ponds & Ducks

    Does anyone with a natural pond have a shelter that is predator safe yet has access to the water?? I guess I'm asking to SEE the arrangements people with natural ponds have made for their ducks. So photos would be most appreciated. THANK YOU
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    For Those with Natural Ponds

    Hey duck lovers - I have Pekings, one about 5 yrs old the other is 4. I just got 2 Peking ducklings. My older girls live with my chickens and think they ARE chickens. I have a natural pond and those 2 girls won't go near it. Like I said, they think they are chickens. My 2 new ducklings are...
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    Chicken under Gazebo downtown.....

    I suppose I will have to rescue it in the AM. Need advice -- this might not even be a wise thing to do. Yes, I have chickens. It's a silkie. I saw it but it wouldn't come out from under the gazebo... it was well after dark and the bird preferred to roost than respond to me. No, I don't have...
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    Automatic Doors

    I am on our on 3rd door in less than 6 yrs. As such, I just wanted to make a statement about these automatic doors. Anyone looking to install an automatic door, should absolutely understand, and even expect, that the initial outlay of $200-300 will likely have to be repeated in 1-3 yrs. Yes...
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    NEW HATCH QUESTIONS

    Hey - thanks for the help before hand! My lady just hatched 6 beautiful little ones this weekend. The oldest one is 2 days old, the youngest hatched during the early morning hours today. They are all together in the coop, separated by chicken wire. Which I quickly learned this afternoon, that...
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    LIVE CAMS - hatching now!

    You can watch the last egg of the clutching hatching and see the darling chicklets by going to www.clucksnducks.com and clicking on CAMS. She has hatched 4 dark chicks and 1 light chick since yesterday AM. There are 6 all together. You can see the egg in front of her every time she lifts up a...
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    Help with Broody Nest Height

    This crosses several forums so I am placing it in several spots. Hope someone can give me good advice on what to do. No Roo. I've had hens go broody but of course, No Roo. This time around I slipped 7 fertile eggs under her. But I am worried about the height of the nest. I tried moving her...
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    She's Picking at Her Wounds!!

    Any ideas on how to make this stop? Scenario: dog attack - ripped up her tail feathers and although ripped up her hind-end, didn't appear to have internal injuries -- separated from flock and bathed in warm epsom salts daily and wounds sprayed with vetercyn (spelling) -- did well and the last 2...
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