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    Need to anchor down hoop coop

    Somthing nobody ever talks about is that these can and will blow away. I spent over an hour retrieving birds in the dark and rain very early this morning, after a 50-60 mph wind gust picked up my 2 cattle panel hoop coop (2x6x8 footers, not lightweight 2x4x8) and threw it over and down the hill...
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    Orchids

    Ok. I have three. One bloomed for the longest time, then dropped the flowers, a couple lower leaves, and the flower stem shriveled up. I cut it off and that plant has never bloomed again. It grew a couple new leaves. It just sits there. The second bloomed for quite a while, dropped the flowers...
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    Pig waterer

    Anybody easily DIY? Growing up, we had a huge, heavy, metal waterer that the pigs could not overturn, but that isn't practical for my pig set up. I have the pigs in a homemade pig tractor. I only have two 12-13 week old feeder pigs. Their waterer needs to be something I can easily move by...
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    Shrink bags

    I am reasonably sure this has been asked before, but I can't find it. We are processing Friday. I raised the birds, my friends are coming to help process and providing the plucker (I am so very grateful...I hate plucking). We are splitting the cost of birds and feed. So they are taking home...
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    Hubbard Feed Recall in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois

    This does not affect many states. Hubbard Feeds Inc. Announces an Expanded Voluntary Recall of Hubbard Life Homestead FastGrow Poultry Feed in Indiana, Michigan and Illinois FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 4, 2013 – Hubbard Feeds Inc. announced today a voluntary recall of three additional...
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    Planning for the big day

    I have 30 FR to process in September. I'm trying to make sure I have all my bases covered for P-day so we aren't running around...well...like the obvious stupid pun. I haven't processed lots of birds at one time in years, other than the odd mean roo. Some friends are coming to help, take some...
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    Eggs lost in transit

    So I ordered eggs from a BYcer, who did everything right when shipping them out. Tracking number, insured, shipped priority, marked fragile, marked hold for pick up with my phone number, the whole nine yards. Correct shipping address. Well, they arrived today. No joke. Dumped on my doorstep. I...
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    The adventure begins

    So I grew up on a farm. We processed lots of birds, but we never had birds bred specifically for meat. Then I moved away for college, etc, and I bought chicken at the store for 20 years, with no way to raise my own or a local place to buy them. But then we moved to farm country last summer, and...
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    Predator in daylight on my deck

    Lost my second bird ever today (not bad for a year at this place). We left for an hour, and I found a wing, a foot and a few entrails on my deck, under the gazebo, when we returned. It was a young rooster that was an escape artist; I keep the young birds in a moveable pen with a cover over top...
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    Duck Chasing One Person

    We have 2 drakes we hatched from eggs. They have been delightful thus far, except I'm noticing something I am not happy about. My son went outside to let the ducks out of the coop this morning, and he said one "nibbled" at his pants. He thought it funny. I thought it odd because it's new...
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    Help me fatten this Silkie up

    Seriously, this little lady is going to be the death of me. She is a teeny little thing and very timid. The terrorists, aka the roosters (now gone to freezer camp), beat her up one day a month ago when they jumped into the Silkie pen. I brought her in and stuck her in the brooder box with the...
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    Started a Chicken Tractor

    After perusing the net for premade coops and almost fainting at the price, hubby decided he didn't want to buy a coop, but to build one. Bear in mind we have a bunch of little kids, he works FT, we are moving, he is leaving for TDY on Wednesday, and he decides he wants to build a coop. I had...
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    Treatment for splay leg making it worse?

    Anybody ever seen such? I have a 3-4 day old chick I've been treating for a congenital splay in one leg with the bandaid method as illustrated on the net. I started treating within 24 hours of hatch. She now has a leg turned at 90 degrees from normal. However, she is able to stand and walk...
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    Chick imprinted on ME

    And while it was fun to be a chicken mom when I was a kid and teen, it isn't so much now. This baby (not even 24 hours old) chirps very loudly and incessantly unless I hold it. I tried to fob it off on one of my kids, and it wasn't having it. So I rigged up a paper towel and T shirt to hold it...
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    Chicks in the fall?

    I just go fabulous news about our farmette purchase -- looks like it is a go! We are supposed to close in just over 2 weeks. But I doubt I would be ready for chickens right away, as first and foremost, I need to get the fencing ready for the horses so I can move them and my family (right now...
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    Hi from MD

    My family and I are in the middle of buying a small farm in MD. I grew up on a farm in NM, and I'm hoping to raise my four boys the same way. If it finally goes through, we are going to add a few chickens to the zoo :lol I had bantams as a kid in 4-H, and since we were pretty poor, we raised...
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