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  1. ChickieNikki

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    Live Free {Range} or Die! We moved to our small homestead nearly 5 years ago, where we are raising our 6 kids. Our newest adventure in homesteading is our flock of 25 chickens! We have buff orpingtons, black australorps, Easter eggers, barred rocks and New Hampshire reds. We suspect that...
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    please tell me i didnt kill my ducks!

    Ok, I am breathing again, thank you. And hey, what's up with a chicken hatching from a grocery store egg? Please hijack my thread to tell that one...please?
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    please tell me i didnt kill my ducks!

    I made apple/carrot/spinach juice and put the pulp out around the pond...I juice the core, so the seeds were pulverized and mixed in...I just now read that they are toxic in small amounts! Help! I have 4 anconas and a rouen, all 8weeks old, and the pulp had the seeds of about 20 apples. Oh, I...
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    I Found Maremma/anatolian Cross Pups--look!

    They are a few miles NW of Omaha, NE, about 230 miles from Kansas City, MO. They are 3 days old, and will be raised with goats for 6 months and trained as livestock guardians. They are going to come fully trained for only $100!!! We just reserved a female--we're going to pick her up around...
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    Old newbie...anticipating second try with chickens!!!

    Hi! I have been SOOOOO sad since we got rid of our 22 chickens...neighbors were very nasty, and even though we had the law and the restrictions on our side, we gave away our chickens (to my best friend, so we still see them and get eggs), and sold our coop (for almost the cost of the materials...
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    No longer keeping chickens. Selling 22 layers hatched May 09 & coop

    My neighbors object to my chickens, and are becoming hateful and socially aggressive. In an effort to prevent my children from having to be exposed to the ugliness, I am getting rid of my chickens. My husband built a spectacular coop, complete with Pella picture window and outside-access nest...
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    dogs as gaurds for the flock

    I have an almost-2-year-old Anatolian/Maremma mix. They're both mountain flock guard dogs. Mine was raised with sheep and lived with chickens wandering around. She spent her first year and a half in a pasture guarding the sheep. She loves people and kept leaving the pasture to hang out on the...
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    Dummies quit using the nest boxes--HELLLLPPP!!!

    So we have a weird situation. Our dog chewed through the poultry fence, so the chickens are VERY free range, wandering much of our 3 acres most of the day on warmer days. We got Sugar the Super Dog a doghouse inside the chicken yard, but she is a pasture dog and will not use it. So 2 chickens...
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    The perfect dog is not totally perfect...

    Quote: Thanks so much, everyone! DH has agreed to make a new walkboard from a 2X4 so my sweet doggie can't get in. We're also going to just put a 2x4 down the center of the window on the inside so chickens can get through but not doggies! DH also mentioned that he thinks we had a chicken lay...
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    The perfect dog is not totally perfect...

    maybe i can put heavy black cloth across the nest boxes, with just a 10X10 in opening at the top of the little gangplank that leads up to them. That way it's too dark for the dog to see and too small for her to fit? maybe I'll need to use some wood--a 2x4--at the opening?
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    The perfect dog is not totally perfect...

    I got a one-and-a-half year old Maremma Sheepdog/Anatolian Shepherd cross 2 weeks ago. She lives in our chicken yard, which is about half an acre. She is walked 3X a day--once in the morning for an hour, once during the mid day for about 20 minutes, and again at dark for 30-45 min. She was...
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    HELP!!! Egg pecking!!!

    I'm going to put it out right now....thanks...
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    HELP!!! Egg pecking!!!

    So we have 22 birdies, and we've gotten an egg or two a day for a few days now...but the last 2 eggs were PECKED!! Just enough to break the shell, but no eating. Just a peck-hole in the shell. HELP! How do I stop it? How can I make them behave!?!?!?? ETA: I just saw today's pecked egg. She...
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    Are these really pink?

    I might be mistaken, but I think the fact is there are only 2 color eggs: white and blue. Brown and white eggshells are both white on the inside. Pink, green and blue eggshells are all blue on the inside. If your pinks are blue inside, that would be a true pink egg. If they are white, that's a...
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    First 2 eggs yesterday...set up nest boxes, but nothin...

    We found an egg in the morning and one in the evening yesterday! Both brown, but Lord knows who's responsible!! So last evening before dark, I put straw in the nest boxes and removed the blanket that was covering them. I left the chickens in until 10 this morning. When I went down to check, no...
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    Premier1 poultry fencing neighbor complaint PICS ADDED

    Quote: I love your SPUNK! We live very much in the country--there is a farm on both ends of the subdivision (horses, no less). There are very very few restrictions--no boats/trailers/broken down cars parked for more than 30 days, no pigs, no cattle. Pretty much anything else goes. Another...
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    Premier1 poultry fencing neighbor complaint PICS ADDED

    Quote: that's what i call it, but the deal is: i was here first--before all of 'em!
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    Premier1 poultry fencing neighbor complaint PICS ADDED

    Quote: you don't know how seriously i've considered building a 10'x30' enclosure and getting a peacock....
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    The restrictions are on my side, but you won't belive...(LOOONG sorry)

    My restrictions state that the subdivision "exists for residential mini-farm, mini-ranch living." The only animals restricted are "hogs, cattle, commercial poultry, commercial dog kennels." At last years' HOA meeting, I spoke up to clarify that I would be getting chickens and that I am within my...
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    Premier1 poultry fencing neighbor complaint PICS ADDED

    You have been reading my mind! Thanks for the suggestion and the picture (lovely landscaping, BTW). I am going to take some divisions from my nice neighbor's garden and plant them along the corner! I have another very extremely over the top nasty neighbor to the rear of my property (she just...
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