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    Chicken walking on knees

    We have a hen that has suddenly started sitting down a lot, and when she has to move, she walks on her knees, or flaps if she has to go faster. I cannot find any injuries on her feet or legs. Although the flock was chased by a dog the other day. She is perky enough aside from the legs, she...
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    Hen sitting weird, ~2 months after attack

    Around November 1st I heard a noise in the coop at 2am, and found a raccoon in there. I chased it off, but one chicken was hurt. He tore her comb off, as well as some feathers. She was pretty beat up, but nothing seemed seriously wrong. I separated her briefly, but she didn't seem to like...
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    Ishi the visitor chicken

    This chicken has suddenly started visiting our flock. We don't know where she comes from, or where she goes at night. She comes in the morning and hangs around our chickens when we let them out. She even sneaks into our coop sometimes when the other chickens are all out, but some oour flock...
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    Do Blue Andalusian hens all have spurs?

    A friend of mine hatched a bunch of Blue Andalusians, and gave me 5. So, they obviously aren't sexed. They are about 6 weeks old. They vary in size and color a lot. (I'm suspicious the gold ones might have gotten cross bred.) However, I noticed last night that they ALL have spur bumps on their...
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    How much oats to reduce 20% protein to 16%

    My Khaki Cambell duckings are around 3 weeks now, and they seem happy and healthy. I bought a bag of 20% protein feed for the first two weeks, but my understanding is that I should now reduce their protein to 16-18%. Since I'm not going to buy another bag of 16% feed, heard I can mix in rolled...
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    Duckling variety identification

    My daughter's class has a small incubator that can handle 3 eggs. I was tasked with getting eggs, and I happened to know of a guy with fertile duck eggs. So I bought some, incubated them, and now I have 3 cute little ducklings. They funny thing is, they don't quite look as I expected them...
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    Early duck emergency

    My daughter's 4th grade class has a very small incubator with 3 duck eggs in it. (This one https://www.beautyofbirds.com/rcom3egg.html) I have it home over the weekend in case they hatch early, as they are due on Tuesday. But one hatched today! Now I'm not very sure what to to do. (It's 2...
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    Hen isn't broody, but isn't laying either

    I have an Easter Egger who's not quite a year old. She was my first layer and was very regular for a few months, then she just stopped a few months ago. She isn't broody, she doesn't seem to be moulting (spring seems like an odd time for that anyway). She doesn't seem to be in any discomfort...
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    Chicken hatching duck eggs

    This may be more of a chicken question than a duck question, but I bet plenty here have experience with both. :) I've been raising chickens for eggs for about six years. I'm not allowed to have a rooster in my town, so I've never had any experience with actually hatching eggs before, and now...
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    Squeaking Pullet

    I have 9 4-month old pullets. On Friday I noticed my Ameraucana pullet started making this weird wheezing noise plus an occasional squeaky sneeze. Then she stopped, then on Saturday I noticed it again. She doesn't seem to do either when she eats, but she was making the wheezing noise at...
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    Sick Sleepy 10-day old chicks

    Hey everybody, a little advice. This is my first time trying to raise chicks. I bought 10 chicks from the local feed store on Saturday. I think they were about a week old at that point, so they should be 10-12 days now. Most seem to be healthy and happy, a few actually keep trying to escape...
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    Eat a CRD bird?

    A friend and I bought a bunch of chickens from a backyard farmer, but they seemed to be infected with CRD (Mycoplasma gallisepticum). We treated with anti-biotics, and culled the sickest birds. Most seem to be OK now, but one of my friend's birds has had a serious relapse. It seems sick...
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    Very sick chicken with foamy eyes, help! (Pics)

    I bought 4 pullets about a month ago. The rest are pretty healthy, but one has developed some disease. She spends a lot of time standing around with her head under her wing, and her eyes have been foamy. They look MUCH worse today vs yesterday. She obviously can't see very well, and is slow...
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