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  1. urban escapee

    2 dead in a week...

    and no obvious signs of ...well...anything. Checked for mites and lices, no sign. No sign of diarhea or trauma. Both were seemingly healthy the day before, eating and browsing for bugs. My husband reports that the crop of the one that died today felt like a bowl of 3hour old oatmeal (not...
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    Doin' stuff with eggs!

    This is simply amazing work...nothing like what my sculpy eggs turned out. I do have to ask. Once you get the sculpy on and baked, you use the vinegar to disolve the shell, correct? do you put the whole thing into a bowl of vinegar or do you fill the egg with vinegar? Does the sculpy take on...
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    I like Ideal. I have gotten my turkeys from them. The bonus is that they are here in TX and I get them with 24 hours of shipping. If I am up for a road trip ( They are between me and Ft Hood where my son is stationed) I can go pick them up. right now though shipping is cheaper than gas.
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    Just thought I would share this article. This is caused by a parasite that is transmitted beak to beak contact or through shared waterers and feeders. This is the article that sealed the deal for us. The guys that gave us the guineas also raised doves and pigeons...go figure. He is out of...
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    Well we already took care of the two that were sick. Now 2 days later one of the two remaining ones has a bump developing. I am planning on selling eggs (eventually) so I cannot afford to have my laying hens get sick. I really hate to have to put them down, but I cant take the risk. I will...
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    Thank you all so much. I told my husband what our choices were and neither one is palatable to him right now. But he knows that in the end we will have to do it. In the mean time, those guineas are staying right where they are. They will never be near my hens or turkeys. Its been a hard...
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    So should we go ahead and cull the other two birds that are not showing any symptoms? They are all in the same pen together. While a bit sad, I didnt pay for the birds, one of my husbands employees gave them to him at no charge. I am just glad that I nagged him into setting up a quarantine pen...
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    thanks guys, my husband just got home and we are going to be culling them in just a few minutes.
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    Its mostly on the face and beak, however, one of the bumps is intruding into the mouth. None in the throat.
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    Bumps on a Guinea's beak (pic)

    I have 4 guinea keets in quarantine right now (new animals). I noticed this morning that 2 of them have bumps on their faces and beaks. Since this is my first time having guineas I am not sure what I am looking at or how to treat it (if at all). This one is worse than the other bird. Any input...
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    just thought I would share this video

    I know a lot of people use chicken tractors and there are many versions, but I loved that he made it so configurable for his needs, and can rearrange things at the drop of a hat. And the fact that this is something I could put together without a lot of help made it even better!! :)
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    Soap Makers Help!

    thanks I will definately give it a try. I was sure dreading the waste of money that throwing it away would have meant.
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    Soap Makers Help!

    I didnt superfat because I was adding a bit of cream in at trace. Looking back, I probably got a little too inventive with this batch. I will probably trash it, and try again...of course I will refrain from straying from the recipe.
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    Soap Makers Help!

    I cut into the bars this morning and they smell real bad at this point and they are very wet Castor Oil 2.00oz 04.8% Coconut Oil (92 Degrees) 8.00oz 19.0% Olive Oil 16.00oz 38.1% Shortening (Vegetable) 16.00oz 38.1% 0% Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) Amount 6.014oz Ounces of liquid recommended 13.86oz
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    Soap Makers Help!

    I have a question regarding GM soap.... I have about 8 batches of CP behind me some turned out pretty good. So I thought I would try my hand at GM soap. I ice bathed while mixing, had the milk at a slush. It is a pretty gold color, but I am thinking that I didnt blend it long enough or...
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    Losing My Job

    Following this post just brought me to tears. I too suffer with depression and as you know it aint pretty. One of the hardest things to deal with is the negative impressions we have about ourselves. I used to make deprecating comments all the time. I never thought they meant anything until...
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    Tell How Predators Got Your Chickens. Save Somebody Else From The Bad Experience

    This was my recent experience with coyotes. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/656318/such-a-disappointing-day We are back to free ranging now with some roosters that my husband got free. They stay close to the goats at night and roost much higher up. But I am constantly doing a head count...
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