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  1. chknmomma

    What is in the chickens poop? Bugs? **Photos** graphic

    BEWARE: Poop photos are graphic. I went out today to clean the coop and add more shavings. I pulled the poop tray and saw something bizarre. All I can think is a trip to vet is in my future. But holy cow, I am stumped and disgusted. What in the world is going on? It may even be hard for...
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    Can you set an egg with a small crack?

    I just put some eggs under our broody tonight. But I noticed that one had a hairline crack. Only noticeable in the daylight and not by the lights in the house. Does it have a chance? I haven't put it under her yet. This is the one and ONLY egg I have from her and our new roo before she went...
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    BLRW - 8 weeks old - boy or girl?

    OK, please overlook the horrible injury. I had posted another thread last week in the emergencies section about the incident. She is healing - these photos were taken over the weekend. Head is getting a big scab now. Our special bird did not have a solid place in our house prior to the...
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    Oh wow, did not see that coming

    My daughter had a playdate today with 2 friends both 6 year olds. We were sitting out in the yard in a circle with our 2 silkies chicks, 3 weeks old. Everyone was under strict orders to stay sitting down and the kids were nicely holding and rocking the chicks. All good. My daughter suddenly...
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    HELP - babies head picked to bone by flock!! (beware - photos)

    Oh my gosh! I am so sick with guilt today. I have a 2 hens living in a coop. Then 1 wyandotte who brooded 2 babies. The babies are 6 weeks old now. The whole flock free ranges together during the day but get locked up separately. Yesterday our property flooded from the rain and the...
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    Comb photos - please help with spots

    My chicken's comb has gone from looking rather dry, to looking like it has a couple pecks to this current state. This process has been going on since January or so. Any ideas? What other things should I look for? Other than her comb, she is my completely normal, docile, very well trained...
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    When using an incubator, can you.....

    Disconnect it and move it? It would be only for a maximum of 6-9 minutes. Only this would happen once a week until lockdown. To explain: I am going to hatch eggs in my daughter's school class, but won't be able to go to school during the weekends and keep an eye on things. Will it ruin our...
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    Have you found fertile Grocery eggs in WA?

    I am doing an experiment with my daughter's class. We are making a homemade incubator, and I wanted to find grocery store eggs to put in there. Our Trader Joe's does NOT carry fertile eggs and some of the area co-ops dont either. People sound like I'm crazy when I ask for fertile eggs!! I...
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    2 hatched, 2 still under mama - day 22 - now what?

    There were 4 eggs under mama. Now 2 hatched on friday. 2 still have not hatched. Saturday was 21 days. What do I do about the other 2 eggs? How long do we keep them under her? Any help, thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thank you!
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    When is it safe to look under Mama?

    Oh my goodness!! Today is day 21. I can hear peeping and various noises. But I'm afraid to lift up and peek. When is it safe to peek under a small feather of mama hen to see if there are babies??? Thanks!!
  11. chknmomma

    What does blood ring look like?

    I have 5 eggs under a broody due this weekend (saturday I believe). We are on day 16. I have 1 egg that does not look like the other 4. I have it marked. Last week, there were 2 that looked different, but I cracked open one of them. Accidentally killed the baby in there. So I'm not going...
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    How long can broody leave nest without hurting eggs?

    It is 40 degrees here today. Just about 40 exactly. When I pick my broody and make her leave the nest for some free ranging time, I've been putting her back on after 5 minutes. I feel bad sending her back to her room :-( Before I gave her the fertilized eggs, she would go back on her own...
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    Questions for helping broody hen hatch some eggs

    Hi I am new to chickens this year. One of my hens (9 months old) went broody; so I got some fertilized eggs for her to sit. Now I have a few questions!! I have her setup in our small, enclosed greenhouse. I made a little nest and home for her. She has her own area, nest box, food and water...
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