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    Can I keep make turkeys with a rooster and hens?

    Hello! I have a couple of questions. I’m considering raising male BB turkeys next year for meat. I know blackhead can be a problem. I also know turkeys can pick on chickens. Ideally they’d all free range together. But I realize that could be problematic. What are your suggestions? They would not...
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    Mystery bantam chicks (pics)!

    Can anybody tell me what these are?? Chick 1: kind of has a "chipmunk stripe" on back. Old English game?? Chick 2 and 3: yellow with black spots on back and one on head. I have no idea! Chick 4,5,6: grayish color, feathered legs, 4 toes. Pretty sure they're porcelains.
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    bantam chicks with broody runners??

    I have 3 broody runners and one drake (who is being kind of broody himself). They have about 30 eggs all together. The first ones are due to hatch in 5 days. (I've candled them and everything looks good). I plan to sell the ducklings (although I might keep one). I've been planning to get bantam...
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    Update and crazy question.

    Hey there! I haven't logged on in about 6 months so here's an update. I had 5 ducks who were fenced in but kept getting out. I took down the fence and everything was great. Ducks were happy, I was happy. They never roamed too far and still went in their house at night to be locked up. But while...
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    Hurt foot!

    I noticed yesterday that my sweet little runner, Stella, was relaxing in the shade a little more than usually. But I didn't them much of it. It was a hot day. But this morning when I let them out for breakfast I noticed her limping. I checked her foot and noticed two small spots on her middle...
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    Is this safe??

    My girls have recently started laying and so far I've been finding eggs in the nest boxes. A couple of times I've found an egg on the other side of the house (and one in the nest box) in the middle of the day. Yesterday, in the middle of the day, I found an egg in the bottom of their pool. I had...
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    Soft eggs

    One of my ducks started laying last week. Her eggs have been perfect and I'm waiting for the other girls to start laying. They've been getting layer feed for a while now. A couple of days ago I hurt my knee and haven't been able to walk so I asked my SO to feed them for me. My 6-year-old likes...
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    Nest but no eggs!

    My ducks are almost 21 weeks old. I check for eggs every morning but so far there haven't been any. This afternoon when I went in the pen to feed them again I peeked inside the house and noticed a nest in one of the nest boxes! I have one decoy egg in each box and there weren't any real eggs...
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    Duck behavior question.

    My ducks are almost 17 weeks old now. My only boy,Darwin (Rouen), just finished getting his green head and drake feather a couple weeks ago! I'm such a proud mama. :) None of my 4 girls have started laying yet. But I've noticed some new behavior. A few times in their pool I've seen Darwin...
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    Layer feed...??

    My ducks are 14 weeks old. (4 girls and 1 boy). I'm almost out of their food. I have enough to last maybe 5 more days. So I went to TSC to get another bag but I accidentally got layer feed. TSC doesn't do returns so what should I do? I'd like to use it now but they aren't laying yet. And I worry...
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    Need some advice...

    My ducks have a kiddie pool in their enclosure. I empty and refill it every other day. (Sometimes every day). And when I empty it I move it around so it doesn't kill the grass in one spot. But... Where they spill water over the sides it gets muddy because they stick their heads in the mud...
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    Wings hanging low...

    I recently noticed my female Rouen, Darcy, has these feathers on her wings that hang lower than they should. She seems healthy and it doesn't look like angel wing to me. (They've never been fed too much protein anyway). So I'm not too concerned. Just thought I'd see if any of you know why the...
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    Mites in duck house!?!?

    I just went out to clean the duck house and saw tiny red bugs. At first I thought "oh, is there a chigger in here?" But then I saw about 10 of them. I scooped up the poop into my bucket and when I took it to the compost bin I saw a couple on the edge of it. Could it be mites!?!? I thought ducks...
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    Need some help!

    Something got to my friends duck and hurt his eye. She's been asking me what to do but the only thing I know to tell her is keep a clean bucket of water for him to clean his head in. She said she hasn't seen him eat or drink and he seems really tired. Which is not at all how he normally acts...
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    It was so sweet...

    Today when I went to feed and water the ducks again before bed I sat and watched them. They are 6.5 weeks old and just moved outside this past week so I'm always seeing new little things they do. They've been putting themselves to bed since the second night outside but I haven't stayed to watch...
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    Need advice.

    My ducks will be 6 weeks old on 4/2 and they are STILL IN MY HOUSE. They have no room left in the brooder and are outgrowing the bathtub (where I let them swim). And I love the little piggies but they stink. Lol. I'm constantly cleaning out the bedding. Their house will be finished tomorrow...
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    Food question.

    I have 4 females and 1 male that are 4 weeks old. They've been eating nutrena nature wise starter. The bag is almost empty and ill be getting them a new bag this week. (Probably tomorrow). I was thinking I'd get the nutrena all flock? And they've been getting sand as grit. Should I change that...
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    Update on things...

    My babies are 4 weeks old today!! They are quacking and getting adult feathers... They are growing so fast! And... They have outgrown living in my house. Lol. I let them swim in my bathtub but besides that they are in their brooder all day. Ugh, I know they have to be going crazy being so cooped...
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    Ducks per square foot.

    My duck house is almost complete. It's about 3.5x5 and I'll have an enclosure that's about 10x10. I have 5 ducks right now but if I decided to add more to the flock how many more could I add with that amount of space? How many square feet should I have per duck (inside and out)?
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    Big day for the duckies.

    We had awesome weather today (yesterday too). I'm working on finishing up the duck house and haven't had a chance to start on the enclosure yet so... My SO decided to buy this rabbit hutch attachment thingy from TSC. I put it together and screwed a piece of plywood (cut to fit) on the open end...
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