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    Lost a hen this week to a ?

    Our birds free range on our three acres and are in a locked barn at night with the only access through an electric fence. I have no intention of locking them up during the day, however the other day I heard some strange squawking and didn't think much of it, then I noticed one of our hens was...
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    Do I HAVE to feed layer mash?

    After reading all about feeding grain to my goats and sheep and deciding that we weren't going to, I began to wonder...do I HAVE to feed a layer mash to my chickens? We have nine birds and they blast through a $25.00 bag of organic mash in just over a week which I think is excessive so I just...
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    Re-post; New birds not laying, disturbing quote from previous owner.

    I posted about this last week I think but I can't find the original thread for the life of me so... We added five new 17 month old Rhode Island's to our flock almost two weeks ago. Two of them laid eggs under a random chair in the barn the first day they were here and since then...NOTHING...
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    Bought five new birds; None seem to be laying

    Ok, so first I'll get all my mistakes out in the wind... We bought five "adult" Rhode Island Reds from a random lady on kijiji. She said they were all one year old and laying daily. They were in not so great shape when we picked them up because she had them all so crammed in together in...
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    Eye Worm? *Picture

    So one of my girls has had this going on with her eye for the past month or so. From what I've looked up, maybe it's eye worm? If it's not eye worm, what else could it be? I really need some advice on what to do to get rid of it if it is eye worm because I do not have to stomach to press it...
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    Alpine does; too much milk for one family?

    So what we really wanted to do was get two Nubian or Nigerian doe kids as our first goats this year. We can't find ANY Nubians ANYWHERE and the Nigerians we've located are a two hour trek to get them. There's a pair of Alpine does nearby but is their milk supply going to be too much for our...
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    Fair price for goats?

    We're looking to purchase two dairy goats in the next month or so for our small family farm. We went to a local breeder who has two does we are interested in. I was kind of surprised by how much she wanted for them but since I don't know what goats cost I can't be sure the prices are fair...
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    First timer; duckling questions because all I know is they're cute.

    After three years of raising chickens in my suburban backyard we finally moved to the country where much to my husbands dismay, I can bring all sorts of animals home. That being said I am bent on getting some ducks this spring. As pets, pest control for the garden and my sheer obsession with...
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    Raising Barred Rocks & Dorkings together; Questions

    We currently have three Barred Rock hens and one rooster, the plan was to raise these as our only breed for meat and eggs, however after reading up on the taste of the Barred Rock at the table we're second guessing this and thinking about starting a flock of Dorkings instead. Since we've never...
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    Two excess roosters; never eaten one of our own before.

    So in October we received four chicks that a friend hatched for us, three of which turned out to be roosters. So we had hoped for all hens as we're typically only raising our birds for eggs. They're now 17 weeks old and people are telling us we should get the two roosters butchered, but...
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    Two not so great photos of potential roosters...NEW BETTER PHOTOS!

    Ok so out of four chicks we really thought we had three hens and one rooster, however the older they get the more suspicious two of them become. These are some not so great photos of Waffles and Mary Brown. If you can't tell from the photos could you please give me a list of what I should be...
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    Two Roosters? Breeding Pens? I'm Confused!

    Ok so we have 4 new Barred Rocks and one is for sure a roo and someone else is looking mighty suspicious. They free range on 4 acres, can I keep both roos? And what are these breeding pens I'm hearing about? Are they necessary? Do I care? Can't I just let them out everyday and let them...
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    Introducing Stinky Baby Chicks

    So we have 2 Barred Rock hens who are very happy that we moved to the country as they now have almost 4 acres to roam about. Unfortunately for them, they're utopia is about to be disturbed by three more hens and one rooster. They will be 6 weeks old on Friday and as much as my husband likes...
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    Moving! What to do with my girls...

    Our family is in a unique situation. We're moving in three weeks because my husband has been commuting too far for almost three years now. Since the house we're living in has sold before we've found another property we have to camp the entire summer with our four kids in a 26 foot trailer...
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    Rats...literally.

    Anyone have a safe and effective way to deal with rats? Big rats. I'm just waiting for the neighbours to get a good look at these things eating out of the chicken food dish and then call the by-law officer.
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    Mouse colony under the coop.

    We have an entire colony of mice under our chicken coop and I'm just wondering how to get rid of the whole lot of them all at once, or in short order. I was going to just leave them because hey, at least they aren't in our house but then I remembered how fast those buggers multiply. I did set...
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    After the accident. Down to two chickens, add more?

    We originally started off last May with four Barred Rock chicks. We lost one in the summer after an injury and we lost another last weekend to a dog attack. Besides being tramatized by how fragile these guys can be, I'm wondering whether two left is alright? I know if we were down to one, it...
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    Dog attack, I don't think there's anything I can do?

    What a horrible day today is. Our friends dog who is visiting was let out unsupervised by my daughter who then attacked and killed one of our hens. She has a large puncture wound in the back of her neck and I'm not sure if there are other injuries. She is gasping for breath and I don't have...
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    Chicken Rant! Stopping coop laying and chicken chores while pregnant.

    GRRR! Chicken chores in the winter suck! My hands froze today while trying to clean out the filthy disaster that has become of the coop, which has been blocked by snow for the last week. We use DE but these three birds are pooing machines!!! My one BR waited until 30 weeks to start laying...
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    Crazy chickens and the cold...

    My three girls are wandering around outside in the snow, it's cold and I'm wondering should I keep them in their run or do I just let them decide when it's too cold for them? I thought I had heard that if it was too cold they would just go in the coop but they're walking around with their...
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