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  1. ChickieNikki

    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...
  2. ChickieNikki

    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...
  3. ChickieNikki

    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...
  4. ChickieNikki

    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...
  5. ChickieNikki

    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...
  6. ChickieNikki

    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...
  7. ChickieNikki

    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...
  8. ChickieNikki

    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...
  9. ChickieNikki

    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...
  10. ChickieNikki

    2 rolls of Premier1 PoultryNet each 165' one brand new one used 3 mos!

    I have 2 full rolls of electrifiable white poultry netting. It is 4' high, the spikes are the double spike, and the posts are already built into the fence; it takes no effort and no time to set up and move. One roll was used for 3 months and one was not used at all and is still in its original...
  11. ChickieNikki

    Premier1 poultry fencing neighbor complaint PICS ADDED

    I could spit... I was SO excited that our fencing was in, that DH and I didn't kill each other putting it up, and that our birdies were grazing in the yard...when suddenly.... my neighbor approaches. "Can I talk to you?" she asks... She then advises me that her husband (who is NOT on the...
  12. ChickieNikki

    Fighting for roost space...what's normal {pix of weird chicks inside}?

    So there are 3 stairstepped roosts, 36", 46" and 56" off the floor, each 8' long, and a 6" wide 9' long windowsill about 10" off the floor--a total of 33 FEET of roost space for 24 6 week olds! You would imagine they'd have so much space, so many options, but all they do is FIGHT--and it gets...
  13. ChickieNikki

    with 114 heat index, had to make some emergency modifications...pics

    yesterday, one of my 6 week old birdies died from the heat (she crawled behind the curtain i had nailed up to block the nest box, which is on the west side of the dark blue coop, and she must have gotten overheated and died---i feel awful...), so we decided that our coop needs more than...
  14. ChickieNikki

    lost one to the heat...feel sooooo bad...

    i froze their water, gave them frozen treats, misted them, and one of the poor little goobers went inside the blocked off (!!!) nest box and died of the heat...i assume she squeezed inside the curtain and couldn't find her way out. i'm so glad dh's drummer was here--i wasn't mentally prepared to...
  15. ChickieNikki

    Don't know where to post...brooder litter ok for my garden?

    I had a big rubbermaid tub full of pine pellets and poo from 8 chicks who were in there poo-ing for 2 weeks. I dragged it outside to dump in the compost, but it rained on it. 3 times. And in between it got baked hot in the super hot sun. Finally, yesterday, I just plopped it right on my garden...
  16. ChickieNikki

    poor panting little critters! what else can I do?

    It's 104 heat index, and my poor critters are so hot! They are so silly though--they huddle together under their waterer, but they won't go near the frozen plastic water bottle I tossed in there to cool them off! I put another frozen one in their waterer and ice in the tray to keep them cool...
  17. ChickieNikki

    Will 8 week chicks self regulate their grit intake?

    I toss in grass clippings/carrots/spinach/strawberry tops/apple leftovers/etc. every day. I toss in a few handsful of grit each time, but this time I filled their little chickie feeder with the chick grit and their hopper with feed. I left the chick feeder empty for 2 days (there was plenty in...
  18. ChickieNikki

    Balding chickens...weird creepy pictures inside...no idea what it is..

    Ok my best friend's chickens are crazy bald...she has 20, they're about 10 months old, and usually she gets 15-20 eggs a day from them. They've been looking pretty weird lately, and today only 12 eggs...take a look at these chickens and let me know what it might be...there's no blood, just big...
  19. ChickieNikki

    Sneezing and shaking...what's going on?

    They're 6 1/2 weeks and it's their 3rd day in the coop. I left for the day, and when I returned, they were out of water (they had a lot this morning, and it was not horribly hot today, so I hope they were ok, but I felt terrible ...) so I watered them, and they all drank. They had some feed left...
  20. ChickieNikki

    Do I have a NH red roo???

    You can see some of the same-age NH Red pullets behind him (?) in some pics. His comb is bigger and darker, his tail is perkier and bigger, his feathers are very much darker (and he's been obviously darker for 2 weeks, now), and he is huge by comparison. I think I even see wattles showing on...
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