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  1. Jessie_Jazz

    Help to identify these bantams

    Hi, I hatched these from eggs that were given to me. I have rehomed the ones I think are boys and hoping I made the right choices! They are around 8-9 weeks old. Chick 1 Chick 2 Chick 3 Chick 4 4 Chick 5 Chick 6 Chick7 So... Any ideas on breed and gender?
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    I know poultry auctions are risky.....

    Got these 3 today at an auction. They were labelled chocolate partridge and silver laced wyandottes, do you think that's right? To my very untrained eye I thought it was worth a gamble that they were girls.....What do you all think?
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    Who can identify my bantam chicks?

    Hi all, Have been incubating chicks with my class of 9-11 year old children. I have done this before a few times but always used eggs from my Dad's flock of orpingtons and pekin bantams. But this time he bought me some eggs from a local poultry auction. The only label they had on them said...
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    Dy 25 - only 4/16 chicks - what did I do wrong?

    Hi all, I've incubated some eggs with my class and tomorrow will be day 25. We set 16 eggs - 10 buff orpingtons and 6 pekins - and have only 4 orp chicks. We candled the egss day 11 and saw 8 orpington embryos and 2 pekins. I candled a few again day 16 and saw what I thought was 4 pekins and...
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    What breed are these chicks? (pictures of parents)

    I finished a summer job at a farm visitors centre yesterday and one of the workers caught me some chicks as a leaving present. The park had chickens wandering around, pretty wild so I dont know if they have a breed or if they're just 'mixed.' Some of the hens look like partridge plymouth...
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    Too cute - I had to share.

    I work as a supply teacher and one day I went into a school that had just recieved some hatching eggs. They day i was there the eggs began to hatch and it was all very exciting. The kids' work was all about eggs, chicks and taking care of chickens. When I was marking that day's work I saw...
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    How do you tell if a hen is broody?

    This may be a silly question but one of my girls has been in the nest box all day as far as I know. I left this morning and she was there, then got home just now and she was still in there. I picker her up n checked she wasn't ill; and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with her. There...
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    Can I eat the eggs if......

    The chicken has been eating growers pellets? My little wyandotte laid her first egg yesterday, and then another one today (yay!) and they are beautiful little white things, but I wasn't expecting her to start laying yet so she's still on a diet of mainly growers pellets. The guy in the pet...
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    Help! Chicken with a bleeding vent!

    A couple of weeks ago I posted on here about my ex-bat hen Patsy who had been laying thin shelled eggs and then eating them. This has continued, only she eats her own eggs the other chickens dont join in and she doesnt eat other chickens' eggs. Today I notived some blood in the nest box, not...
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    How much head room for a cockeral?

    I have 2 new chickens that I want to introduce to my existing flock of 3 soon. I am almost certain that one of them is a cockeral. As it is I am in two minds about whether or not I will keep him. If I do; how much head room does he need in the run? My run is only 3 ft tall which seems fine...
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    Patsy LOVES a fresh egg!

    Ok I have a problem with one of my chickens, and wondered if anyone had some advice for me. I'm gonna start at the beginning in the hope of getting the best advice on the basis of the whole story, forgive me if I waffle.... I have 3 ex battery hens and Patsy, probably about 2 years old, likes...
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    Oh no! I think my 'pullets' have spurs!

    I bought 3 new chickens at an auction at the weekend, one is older than the other two and I'm fairly sure its a girl. I wasn't sure about the other two, but I'd heard you can tell by feeling their legs. Both the little one have bumps on their legs above their back toe. Is this the start of...
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    Fingers crossed all gold laced wyandottes girls.... what do you think?

    Hi all, I got three new chickens at auction today, they were sold just as 'wyandottes' but pretty sure they're gold laced, do you think? One is older than the other two and was sold seperately. Was wondering if anyone can tell me how old she is and whether she is defo a girl. I'm pretty new...
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    introducing bantams to my ex bats

    I 'adopted' 4 ex battery hens last autum, unfortunatley lost one over winter (heart problems I think, she went purple.) but the other three are doing really well, they're all fat and happy and getting pretty tame. I have a pretty big coop and run (for a first build anyway) which could easily...
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    Strange egg-laying + dead hen - are these related?

    Hey all Its been a while since I posted on here.... I adopted 4 ex battery hens in august and things were going really well until recently.... A couple of weeks ago one of my hens died. her comb went purple and she went downhill really rapidly before I could get her checked out. I...
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    My rescued battery hens ~ Update ~

    Today is day three for my ex bats at their new home and their first day outside! Quite a lot has happened in the last three days; All four chickens have names (Cheryl, Patsy, Esme and Betty - because chickens need 'Old lady' names) and I have found that Patsy is suffering from 'chicken cold'...
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    Worried about my ex battery hen

    I got 4 ex bat hens this morning and they seem to be settling in ok but I'm worried about one making a strange sound. It is a kind of bubbling, ticking sound. I have heard of chickens purring and wondered if it might be that so I looked on youtube for some videos. It sounds pretty similar...
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    My Rescued battery hens - day one.

    I picked up 4 ex battery hens this morning. They were rescued from the battery farm about 2 weeks ago and are spending their first day on their new home. Though you guys might like to see some pics. Will post more as they progress to full health. Also wondering if anyone can tell me what...
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    First coop finished! ~pics~

    My first chicken coop is finished and I am picking up 4 ex battery hens tomorrow - so exciting! Have a look and tell me what you think to my first attempt at coop building. This is the front with the pop-door. The coop is 5' by 4' and the run is 8' by 8' Here you can see the double doors...
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    Adopting ex battery hens on sunday!

    I am super excited - we are getting our first chickens on sunday. We will be adopting 4 ex bats from the little hen rescue centre (south east UK) We are picking them up late morning - do we keep them in the coop all day to get them used to home, and not stress them out too much, or do we let...
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