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  1. MickWithChicks

    Official BYC Poll: Are You Comfortable Injecting Vaccines or Medications Into Your Birds?

    Costs me $1 a bird and protects the whole flock. There are feed costs associated with raising chicks to laying hens and fertile roosters that far exceed $2 per bird. There is zero nursing after vaccinating your chicks. Not sure what gives you the impression that vaccinating a chick means weeks...
  2. MickWithChicks

    Official BYC Poll: Are You Comfortable Injecting Vaccines or Medications Into Your Birds?

    VET VET VET. More than once I've had my vet inject calcium gluconate to help egg bound eggs pass eggs. I have no problem with having a professional inject medication or vaccinations for my birds. Vaccinations are difficult for small backyard breeders as they only come in large batch...
  3. MickWithChicks

    Very Sick Hen Please HELP!

    Lots of anecdotes here, but to be honest it's hard to get them back from that sort of condition if you're trying remedies without a diagnosis. It sounds like you think of her and treat her like a pet rather than livestock. If you have the means, take her to the vet. You don't really have time...
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    Rooster Flock Thread

    I must say, rooster flocks are by far the best predator alarm systems! It's spring time here and I've had a fox frequenting my property almost daily the last few days. I know as soon it turns up as my 3 rooster flocks are all on the outer perimeter of my main coops and go off their heads. If I...
  5. MickWithChicks

    Any experience with a bachelor pad with two roosters?

    You'll feel worse if you wait around for something bad to inevitably happen with 4 roosters in your relatively small flock. The best time to move them is while they're all calm.
  6. MickWithChicks

    Any experience with a bachelor pad with two roosters?

    I have 2 bachelor pads with 2 roosters (and 1 with 3 (was 4)). One of the two-pads has D'Uccle's which are pretty easy-going birds to begin with. The other is a wyandotte and an araucana x. 4 out of 5 of my breeding flocks have more than 1 rooster.
  7. MickWithChicks

    What was your worst mistake as a chicken keeper?

    What did you do? Hovering over a lethargic rooster, trying to treat for just about everything by searching these here forums for information on symptoms. What were the consequences? Dead rooster. Likely overdosed on Amprolium 200 given neat per instructions here somewhere. Did you fix it...
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    Official BYC Poll: Where Do You Get Your Eggs From When Your Hens Are Molting?

    I have so many hens from different breeds that are different ages. I just get eggs from the hens that aren't moulting.
  9. MickWithChicks

    Really shaken by my first hawk encounter

    Hawks love to eat D'uccles - full grown or chicks. The other hens you're free ranging might be a bit big for the hawk, but when your D'uccles are grown, they won't be. If you don't want to give hawks a free meal, I'd highly recommend not free ranging D'uccles (or any bantam for that matter)...
  10. MickWithChicks

    Rooster Flock Thread

    I know people who also separate them to ease pressure on their hens while they monitor features through to second year moult. Or to breed in or out certain features. Or just to have a spare or two of all their breeds. There are plenty of reasons for sure, but I just like to watch roosters...
  11. MickWithChicks

    Rooster Flock Thread

    Some people treat their chickens as pets. Kind of like asking someone why they'd keep male dogs alive together if they already have one or if they're not using them for breeding. Dogs are just as loud, way way way more needy, have maimed or killed way more people, and are a delicacy in some...
  12. MickWithChicks

    Rooster Flock Thread

    60 hens to himself! If you want fertile eggs, you won't have a very good hatch rate (likely a LOT of clears), but I'm sure your rooster won't mind ;)
  13. MickWithChicks

    PSA: It Only Takes ONE Mistake, ONE Time...

    I have plenty of fertile eggs I can set - some from those that were lost in the attack so I'll probably set a couple dozen and see what I end up with. As the pen was mixed bantams I assume I'll get bantam mixes ;) Fortunately we don't have racoons. It's mostly foxes (invasive), cats (invasive)...
  14. MickWithChicks

    PSA: It Only Takes ONE Mistake, ONE Time...

    One hen came back completely unscathed but very flighty this evening. I have zero hope left of seeing any of the others but happy one made it back.
  15. MickWithChicks

    PSA: It Only Takes ONE Mistake, ONE Time...

    Thanks all. I always learn from my mistakes and try to share that knowledge with others. I know it has happened to a lot of others under the same circumstances - kept safe until a once off thing where they got home later than expected, fell asleep early, or completely forgot. Can only do what I...
  16. MickWithChicks

    PSA: It Only Takes ONE Mistake, ONE Time...

    After half a decade of chicken-keeping, I had never lost a chicken to night-time predation until now. I'd lost a few in the day while free-ranging (foxes, dogs, and hawks), but that's a risk I don't really take anymore unless I'm there 100% of the time to monitor them. This time I stupidly...
  17. MickWithChicks

    What to do with Roosters?

    I donate them to my local zoo. Yes they're killed, but it's humanely by qualified vets - you can't guarantee that giving them away to any random on your local classifieds.
  18. MickWithChicks

    My rooster is having serious walking troubles

    If the foot is swollen and he's having trouble putting weight on it, it could very well be bumblefoot. There are heaps of articles here at backyardchickens that have been written by the members. Here's a search link with plenty of articles...
  19. MickWithChicks

    Turkey Integration

    Thanks all. It's about what I thought then I guess. I'll do the usual quarantine within sight whilst worming and treating for coccidiosis in both new and existing turkeys, then throw them into the guantlet and wait out the battle. I know exactly what the fighting looks like. The two hens...
  20. MickWithChicks

    Turkey Integration

    I've integrated dozens of chickens in with my flocks over the years, but my experience with integrating turkeys is slim. I currently have 2 turkeys - 1 white tom and 1 lavender hen, and want to add another 2 hens (a red and a bronze from seperate breeders). The 2 existing turkeys both around 3...
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