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  1. TheFatBlueCat

    Broody hen personality influence on her chicks

    Hello wonderful BYC people. I have been wondering about the influence of broody hen personality and behavior and how that effects their chicks personalities. I have hatched broods with 4 different hens so far, 3 of those hens having hatched multiple times. The chicks that are raised by 2 of the...
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    Once Upon a Farm Flock Adventures

    Hello and welcome to my flock story. It will be about my flock and occasionally you'll have to tolerate news about my garden or general goings-on that I find interesting. Everyone welcome! I live in the South Island of New Zealand. I have a wonderful husband and we have a mostly ☺ wonderful...
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    Poultry transportation crate

    Hi all, I am moving soon and was planning to get a plastic poultry transportation crate to make the trip easier. My question is, I know these crate are not very tall, I believe the one I'm looking at is only 28cms high. Do large heavy breeds fit in these? I understand that the chickens crouch in...
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    Omlet autodoor opening

    Hi all, I have found the measurements for the omlet auto door, but I'm not so good at visualizing this. Does anyone here have one, and also have big birds? I am thinking of getting the door put on my new coop when I order it as the people who make them also stock omlet. My question is, is the...
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    Is there any hope?

    I have two broodies sitting on 16 eggs (8 each). It's day 25 and day 26 respectively. I have just candled the eggs as I was going to remove and discard them as a 100% fail. The candling indicated full term chicks but with high humidity (tiny air cell, which I suspected because it hasn't dropped...
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    Incubator choice advice

    Hi all I have thus far only hatched with broodies, and that remains my preference. I'm just in the middle of what I suspect is a 100% failed hatch, and wondering if in future I should set eggs into an incubator at the same time as I set them under the hen, as a backup for the hen to actually get...
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    Atmospheric humidity and broody hens

    Hello all, I have searched for information on if atmospheric humidity effects hatch rates for eggs incubated by a broody hen, but haven't had any luck with that. While it won't make any difference to my practice of only using broodies and not incubators, I'd love to know more. We have high...
  8. TheFatBlueCat

    Girl or boy?

    This is a 10 week old barred rock X araucana, my first time with pea comb chicks and I just don't know if this little is a cockeral or a pullet. His/her hatchmate is a boy but a different cross so I could tell that one early. Behaviorally it isn't behaving much like a rooster but again, hard...
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    Chick hatch surprise, can someone help me learn?

    Hello wonderful people. I've just had a 'white' chick hatch. Little fluffy fully creamy yellow down. Here's the thing. I didn't think this was possible. The mother is a lavender araucana (who is possibly not entirely purebred but I purchased her as purebred, our araucanas here in New Zealand are...
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