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  1. Weirdness555

    moorhen eggs help?

    Hi, we live on a river bank and our local moorhen breeds by our house every year. This year, she's had no luck. Her first clutch was washed away in a storm, and she laid another. She's been on them for 3 weeks, and today I went to check on her and found her dead in the water. I waded out and the...
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    Help! Incubator problems!

    Hi there, I am away at uni and my mum back home has decided to hatch some chickens in our brinsea mini advance, no problems so far, we're on day 19 (chicks due on Wednesday) and the incubator has gone nuts! It thinks the temp is 42 degrees C, 107F so it's turned off the heater and is trying to...
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    Mum wants a duck egg

    Hello, So my mum bought me the brinsea mini advance as an early xmas present. Now she's gone broody and she's always wanted ducks, she wants to get an egg and hatch it. I'm thinking more than one would be better, am I right? Next, can anyone give us any duck advice? We're in the late...
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    Brooding and beyond

    Hello, We are planning to get a small flock of day old (or there abouts) chicks in the spring to start off with chickens. We want chicks because we don't have the space or an extra coop to do side by side introductions with adult birds. We have a large indoor guinea pig cage like this...
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    Hens first or roo first?

    Hello people, I wonder if you can offer some advice. We are looking at starting with chickens next spring, we want to get day olds so we can mix different breeds without having a long introductory process, as we don't have room for 2 side by side coops and runs. I really want a rooster...
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    Artificial grass and Quail

    Hello quail people. Has anyone got any experience of keeping quail on that plastic-y fake grass you can buy? We're thinking it will be easier to clean and will stop the aviary turning into a swamp the next time it rains (we had a bad couple of days, poor birds were all huddled in the covered...
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    Help me choose between Cream Legbar and Welsummer cockerel

    Hi there, We are due to get our mini flock of about 6 hens, and I'd really like a cockerel with them to reduce arguments and just to look and sound pretty. There are chickens all around us, including 2 noisy cockerels over the road so I don't think anyone will mind a 3rd one. The problem is...
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    First Egg!! And a question about introducing groups of quail...

    Hi there! We finally have an egg, the new food obviously helped, so thanks to everyone who answered and helped me out! So, we've bought 3 more hens to balance out the ratios, and just because we realised we have space :D We have created a plan of action, please flag up anything you think is...
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    Help! Quail not laying

    Hi there, We have 2 Japanese quail hens and 1 cockerel. The hens are approx. 11 weeks old, but there's no sign of any eggs. Originally we had 3 hens, but one dropped dead for no obvious reason a few days ago. The rest all seem fine, and we're totally stumped on that too. We plan to get 3...
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    Hello from Berkshire, England

    Hello! We are due to start chicken keeping in my family for the first time since my mum was a teenager, and I've been snooping round BYC for a while and decided it was worth joining, despite you guys being mostly in America. We've previously kept and bred Chinese Painted Quail, and we...
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