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    Crooked chicken feet

    I will try to grab video. I have been thinking some type of deficiency is the culprit. My feed is a custom blend I have been using since I was in college in the 80s. I worked in the poultry science research lab at Kansas State University. Over the last year or so I have switched from traditional...
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    Crooked chicken feet

    That's not it. They are walking on the sides of their feet and will occasionally hold 1 foot up in a very tight clench. It is almost like they are having cramps or some type of spasm. It is not just when they are standing. They dont seen to be in any distress and this has been happening for...
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    HELP!!!! 12 chicks dropped dead within minutes????

    I'm don't mean to insult you in any way. But is it possible your 7 year old son may have sprayed something in the area of the broader. One of my daughters thought the chicks brooder plexiglass needed cleaning and I lost most of the chick's in the brooder. She thought she was doing something to...
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    Crooked chicken feet

    I've raised chicken for years. I have had chickens with deformed feet and deformities. I have a pen of girls that include 2 orpingtons, 2 Rhode Island reds, 2 barred rocks and 2 new Hampshires. I noticed an orp that had crooked toes one morning like the photo. The next day they were perfectly...
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    Are all chicks vaccinated

    Cackle only vaccinates if you ad it when you order your chick's. They also guarantee all their poultry to be pullout free. Also, unless another cackle hatchery has popped up, they are located in Lebanon, MO. Don't know of a Cackle in WI. Also, you will find no better hatchery than Cackle. I...
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    Silkies - They’re simply SPECTACULAR!

    i hatched silkies for the first time this spring in the same clutch as some black cooper marans and some olive eggers. one of the olive eggers was hatched with a crocked neck syndrome. lived and grew and flourished with the rest of the flock. the only thing she couldnt do that the others did was...
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    Old chicken guy branching out.

    Got to love those silkies!!!
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    Old chicken guy branching out.

    Could not have said it better!!!
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    Will pullers start laying in winter.

    Great to meet you and I loved hatching eggs. I try to have something in the incubators all the time. Quail. Ducks, Guineas, or any new challenge. Hatching eggs is addictive.
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    Consolidated Kansas

    I just started really looking at the site although I joined a couple months ago. I just today did my introduction and would like to link up with other close by poultry enthusiasts. I'm always looking for something new and unusual to hatch. I am from the rural Mclouth/Tonanoxie area.
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    Will pullers start laying in winter.

    Thank you for your response. I have never raised late year chicks in th 30 or so years I have raised layers.
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    Old chicken guy branching out.

    I have raised egg production chickens as well as some exotic chicken breeds most of my life. My egg layers are mainly Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Barred Rock and heavy sex links. I also have flocks of Black Copper Marans and Speckled Sussex I am proud of also. I raise silkies, partridge cochin...
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    Will pullers start laying in winter.

    I have a 60, 10 week old pullets 20 each Plymouth barred rock, Rhode island red, and heavy sex links. I have never started chicks this late in the year. My adult flocks usually start laying 20 to 22 weeks of age when I start them in April. My question is will these girls start laying in cold...
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    Male terrorizing all birds in pen.

    This is my first experience with bobwhite quail. I have 8 in a 12 by 6 pen. 3 males and five females. A couple of weeks ago one of the males was tearing up another and almost kiled him. I removed the weaker male. The last 2 days the aggressive male is terrorizing all birds in the pen. The other...
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    New 19 week old pullets - signs of stress/not using roosts?

    Your chickens will know what to do. You don't need to teach them to roost. They will roost when ready. Chickens adapt very quickly to new situations. Having a lot of contact with them is great. It will make catching and handling them much easier in the future for vet checks and so. Instincts are...
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    Help with identifying hens breed

    Here other photo. Also the 2 egg at top are hers. The rest all belong to black copper marans. She even looks kind of like a black copper maran. Minus the waddles.
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    Help with identifying hens breed

    I know it looks like a rooster, but I am sure she lays eggs. Have actually seen her lay one. Also, the rooster in my flock mate with her.
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    Help with identifying hens breed

    I thought this bird was a rooster when it was younger. Mostly going by the tail feathers. Then she never developed waddles and she started laying eggs that are like a chocolate brown and green combined. She has a slight beard. I hatched these eggs this past spring. They were all supposed to be...
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