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    Alfalfa tea for added protein?

    In browsing through an older issue of a poultry magazine, I came across an article on adding protein to chicken diets. One method that was mentioned was how to make an Alfalfa "tea" to be added into your chickens' waterer in a gallon to gallon ratio. I'm not looking to try it myself, since I...
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    Free BCM Cockerel

    I've got a 10 week old French Standard Black Copper Marans cockerel that I'll be happy to give away to someone on BYC who lives in the South La./South Ms. area. Rather give him to someone who might want him for their hens rather than dinner. He's got a lot of copper, maybe you need one like...
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    How high is too high....

    .....for a roost?
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    Marans roos, I should cull, but which one?

    I have 6 FBCMarans and two are roos. One will have to go, but which one? I'm not keeping Marans to breed, but if I was to do so, which of these two would be the better to keep? I'm hoping those of you with experience in the breed can help me out with the decision. Number one, Rex: Body Head...
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    The integration proceeds

    Well, our BCM babies (5 wks old) are now in with the EE's (8-9 wks old) and the integration is going ok so far. Most of the girls seem to ignore the newcomers, though that's probably mainly due to the younger ones keeping close to the corners right now and away from the larger birds. Of the...
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    Sexing help from BCM owners needed

    I knew I had one roo in my 6 BCM peepers but maybe I have two. They're at 4 weeks now and a couple of them have distinctly more comb than the rest. This surprised me as in all other respects, one of the two looked just like the female chicks in terms of it's development all along. The first one...
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    Steppin out

    At seven weeks the girls are taking their first steps out on the road to Free Rangin'! Didn't go far or for very long but they went out the door....or most of them did. Pretty funny watching the ones that didn't go out rushing back and forth inside the wire cuz they coudn't be with their flock...
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    ACV w/mother?

    I'd like to start adding ACV to the coops water. A local store has ACV that's unpasteurized but it's filtered so it's clear, with no mother. I know that unpasteurized is good but does it have to have the mother to be used in the chickens water? I've looked for Bragg's but no one carries it...
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    New babies!

    Got 6 new week old French Black Copper Marans yesterday! Their parents were such handsome birds, especially the roo. How can you name chicks that all look alike?!
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    Out in the coop now

    My 8 little EE's have gotten big enough to move out to the big girls house now. They spent their first night out last night and seem to be doing ok so far. Temps have been in upper 70's at night so I didn't think they'd have problems that way. On the other hand, our day temps are in the upper...
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    Hoop coop project finally complete

    Well, after over a year of fooling around, we got busy and finished up our little greenhouse to coop conversion. Started out as an old hoop greenhouse: Replaced the rotten wood, replaced the wiring, added hardware cloth and fiberglass panels to roof/side over part of it. Aproned out the...
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    Finally joined the flock...

    Of new chicken owners that is... Got the lil fuzzies from a couple of local feed stores. The six smaller ones were labeled Ameraucana and the two larger ones Auracana (one of the bigger ones is under a couple of the others). Easter Eggers all, I figure. But their cute so who cares. I can't...
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    Are cats a danger to chickens?

    As I'm wanting to have chicken around the new place, in considering predators (we have enough of the wild varieties around) I started to wonder if cats are a threat too. I have several cats, some of whom have been active outside hunters. None have ever seen a chicken before (which might make for...
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    Will this work?

    Hello all, I love this forum, lots of great stories and advice. Have moved to a new place in the country and one of the structures on the site is a former small greenhouse. We've been wanting to have some chickens around here and this looks like it could be converted easily enough. Because...
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