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  1. chickenbythesea

    chicken drama and bullies

    ok, so we're downsizing our chickens due to increasingly busy personal schedules (think multiple teenagers). My kids want to keep 3. These would be my teenage sons pets. The problem is that the SS hamburg was recently beaten up pretty bad by one of my other hens. That hen is not longer in...
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    segregating a wounded bird???

    I unfortunately have a very wounded silver spangled hamburg. I had a very aggressive lavender orpington go at her sometime last night (she's been bullying for a while and I had decided to cull her anyways) and now she has two huge wounds on her backside. I'm going to treat her just the same as...
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    anything other than blukote?

    Hi, I have a little silver spangled hamburg that's getting picked on and they've drawn blood on the top of her wing. I don't have access to blukote and I'm wondering if there's anything "people" that I can do to cover it up and help keep it from getting infected? I was thinking zinc cream...
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    how to find the instigator

    I am wondering how to figure out who's picking the feathers off the backs of my hens. I've had chickens for 2 years and never had a problem before now. When we had the rooster he did a bit of damage to a couple of them so we sent him packing. I know they've picked on my silver spangled...
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    Any chanteclaire breeders?

    I have recently acquired a pair of chanteclaire's and am considering breeding them exclusively since they're Canadian and endangered. I have never purposely breed chickens before and we currently have a mixed flock of chanteclaire's, GLW, RIR, Delaware, Lavender Orp., golden comet, silver...
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    suggestions on choosing who stays?

    I am just wondering how to choose which rooster to keep since I'm new to all 3 of these breeds. It appears (not 100% sure) that I have 2 americauna/easter eggers, a golden laced wyandotte and chanteclaire rooster. We did have a SLW roo last year but we ended up giving him away cuz he was just...
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    hemangioma's/blood bubble

    I am wondering if anyone here has encountered their hen having an hemangioma or large blood bubble. My lavender orpington has one just above her eye and it has been getting increasingly larger. It's bigger than a marble now and I am worried that if the other hens peck it or if she just catches...
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    holy flying chicken!!

    Ok, so I have this beautiful silver spangled hamburg pullet at about 21 weeks old. The little stinker has been flying the coop lately. At first it was just once in a while and now it's multiple times a day. I have personally watched her fly 10 feet straight up to get on the roof of the coop...
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    Missing feathers... not moulting???

    We just returned from a mini vacation (which was wonderful) to find one of my hens missing a streak of feathers. We had a neighbour taking care of them. Her breast is missing a clump of feathers and all down her keel is missing feathers right down to the skin. There's no visible injuries other...
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    flock integration... a couple at a time?

    So, I am beginning my flock integration process today. The bigs and littles have been able to see each other through the screen dividing the front and back half of the coop for about 2 weeks now. I am a bit worried at how they'll all merge and am hoping for no blood shed. My big girls are...
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    Orpington's and the rain

    I am new to raising orpington chicks... we got a couple lavender one's a few weeks ago (they're about 5 weeks now) and I have read that orpington's aren't supposed to get wet since they're so fluffy? Now, mine don't look any different other than colour from my other chicks that range from 5-10...
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    no flock raiser here... what to do?

    I've been reading previous threads about when to switch Chicks from starter to grower, it all says to stay on it to 8 weeks but my chicks range from 4 weeks to 9 weeks... I really want to integrate them in with my other flock: the only thing holding me back is the feed situation. I am willing...
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    mystery escape-now I'm worried!!

    So I was sleeping for a back shift and got a phone call: thought I'd go check the chicks since I was up anyways. Low and behold half of the 13 chicks were outside the run foraging in the woods. I have no idea how they got out!! And our big rooster was out with them. Thankfully my son was...
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    gender question and breeding

    I just got 2 lavender orpington chicks today. They're roughly 3-4 weeks old and as cute as can be. I think one is a rooster but am not sure... what do you guys think? I think the one on the left is potentially a roo but both have the same comb and leg sizes... just the left's one tail...
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    big hens and not so little chicks

    I have 9 golden comets that are a year old. i have 12 4-6 week old chicks. We let the chicks out into their separate run yesterday for the first time.... they had fun. I am wondering if it would be a good idea or bad one to take one of my golden comets and put her out in the run with the...
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    lavender Orpington chicks

    just wondering if anyone has pics of lavender orpington chicks that you've raised.... I'm getting 2 on sunday and I'm curious. thanks
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    comb question

    I am wondering if someone can explain rooster combs to me. I have two SLW roosters (I think.. one I know for sure) but their combs are completely different. The regular one I get, it's the other flat one. Is that normal or just a different type of comb. We got straight run chicks this year...
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    hatchery vs heritage

    I am wondering if it's just me or do others find that there is a big difference between hatchery chickens and heritage breeds? We started out last year with hatchery chickens (golden comets). They were cheap and cheerful and we thought a great way to start off. These chicks were friendly...
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    how many roosters?

    I am wondering how many roosters you can keep? We will have a flock of 17 (including 2 roo's if we kept them). We got 7 chicks this spring and three of them are roosters- 2 SLW and 1 silver spangled hamburg. I would really like to keep just the hamburg but my son is already in love with one...
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    lavender orpington's and temperment

    I am getting 2 lavender orpington chicks too add to my flock in a week and I am wondering about their temperament? I don't know much about orpington's and I am having trouble finding info on their temperaments and how they interact with other chicken breeds. If anyone can give me their...
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