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  1. SA gardener

    Safe to eat potentially sick chicken ?

    100% sure she hasn't layed by observing the hens every single day and at some point only had her and the other layer in the same coop. I pretty much saw the other hen lay every single day. Coop is super dry , covered with a IBR roof and we have only gotten rain recently. The run is dry soil
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    Safe to eat potentially sick chicken ?

    I have a 10 month old hen that hasn't layed a single egg. Two other chickens from the same batch started laying at 7 months old. So it's been 3 months since I expected her to lay but she hasn't She had a cough/sneeze in winter before the others started laying. Not sure what it was but I didn't...
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    How much do Australorp chicks eat ?

    I have 8 chicks that are currently with a broody hen and I am trying to figure out how much they eat. The mother hen also eats their feed and there isn't anything I can do to ensure she does not eat the food while still allowing the chicks to. I very much so doubt that she is eating the usual...
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    "Baby chicks" or "chicks"

    I don't know if this is the right topic to post this in, but I didn't see any other that seemed suitable Over the past couple of weeks I would Google things related to my day old chicks, and very often I would just use the word "chick" when searching. However I realised that I kept turning up...
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    Heat lamp

    I have a 100 watt heat lamp, I can't find a place nearby that stocks a fitting specifically for it. So I want to rig up my own one, it's an E27 type fitting , also known as screw type. I wanted to know what material are lamp fittings specifically made for heat lamps made of : porcelain, steel or...
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    100% hatch rate☺️ !!!

    I'm so happy 🤗 that all 8 of my eggs hatched. Was anticipating 50-80 % with my broody hen based off what I had read and I guess I got lucky. I had stored the eggs the wrong way (pointed side up) and I only realised that afterwards but they were all less than 6 days old - so fresh. Also I had...
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    Feeding chicks

    Dirt floor in the run (protected area surrounding coop) which is directly outside their coop .
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    Feeding chicks

    Yes , they are with the mother hen, but I am building a brooder in case anything goes wrong . Currently I am going into summer , average temperature indoors is above 20° C, which is 68 Fahrenheit
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    Feeding chicks

    And about the material they running on, is bare soil okay ? or should I use pine shavings. I don't have pine shavings at the moment but I can easily make with a hand planer . I am afraid they might eat it or the finer particles . Alternatively could I put them in a "chicken tractor" on my lawn?
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    Feeding chicks

    No , they are to be layers - Australorps
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    Feeding chicks

    What should I feed 24 hour old chicks ? I found "broiler starter" at a local pet shop and I bought it because they had nothing else for chicks. Can I feed them it ? I'm raising some Australorps from my broody hen and some "Potchefstroom Koekoek" chicks are scheduled to arrive soon
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    Broody hens egg broken

    UOTE="Allsfairinloveandbugs, post: 23429007, member: 556942"] Yes i have had all the possibilities u mentioned happen, including losing 2 "egg babies" within a few days of hatching just last week. A first for me was that earlier this year, an actual newly hatched chick, not just an egg, got...
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    Broody hens egg broken

    I found 1 of my broody hens eggs in my coop today broken. I don't know what happened but I suspect 1 of 3 things : 1- the hen incubating the egg pecked at it till it broke 2 - one of my other hens which are not broody came into the coop and caused the damage (for whatever reason) , while the...
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    Brooder setup

    Yes , they are a scheduled to arrive on the hatch day
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    Brooder setup

    Yes it is just an Infrared bulb , but I think the "spot" part indicates that it focuses onto a small area which is why I'll raise it to disperse the heat a little better
  16. SA gardener

    Brooder setup

    One of hens has gone broody and is currently incubating 9 eggs (all I had at the time she went broody). I can't be sure ,but it seems like I'll get 7 chicks (if I'm interpeting the candling right). I read that a hen depending on its size can look after 14 + chicks. Mine, being medium sized, I...
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    Homemade yogurt for cats

    I have been attempting to make yogurt lately with a simple lemon juice starter culture (lemon juice in milk left for about 4 hours) and using that in a bowl of milk. It hasn't worked out too well since the texture is not right and it's smelling a little sour. So is it fine if I give this...
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    Double yolk ☺️

    Guess I'm one of the lucky ones then 😉
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    Double yolk ☺️

    Yes, it was the hens 10th egg ,but it skipped a day after that , so bonus + (-1) lol
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    Double yolk ☺️

    Don't know how this happened but I'm glad it did 😋
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