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  1. esthermgr

    Curly wing feathers??? What've I got?

    I hatched out chicks from my mom's chickens. All she knew was that they were red sex links. A mystery red roo was mixed in there by accident, and she kept him and he fathered the chicks. The two chicks that hatched are both a lovely reddish brown color, with dark brown patterning on the...
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    two hatched yesterday- no pips in others- any hope?

    I have 11 eggs in the incubator that were fertile at day 7. Two of them pipped on day 19 and hatched yesterday, day 20. The other 9 haven't pipped or anything yet. Yesterday I saw some of the eggs moving, but nothing this morning. Today is day 21. Is there still hope that the others will...
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    hatching eggs from sex-linked hens - what will happen?

    Clearly there are lots of questions about sex-linked chickens on this thread. Please bear with me- I've searched those threads and haven't found exactly the answer I'm looking for. My mom just gave me hatching eggs from her chickens, which are red sex-linked hens with white flecks in their...
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    where to buy polyvisol?

    Where can I buy the Polyvisol vitamin drops folks keep recommending? Can I get them at a people drugstore? I keep urban chickens and don't have many feed stores around me.
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    HELP SICK CHICK! Please tell me what to do!

    One of my 2-day old chicks is acting strangely. The others are running around eating and scratching and napping. But one of the chicks is just standing there looking sick. He has his wings slightly outspread and he is sort of heaving. His vent is squeezing rapidly, with his little butt...
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    Help! Sick Chick!

    One of my 2-day old chicks is acting strangely. The others are running around eating and scratching and napping. But one of the chicks is just standing there looking sick. He has his wings slightly outspread and he is sort of heaving. His vent is squeezing rapidly, with his little butt...
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    anybody growing mushrooms in chicken poo?

    I'm planning to use the deep litter method on wood chips, and I'm thinking it would be nice to set aside some of that composted sawdust/poo for growing mushrooms. Any advice? Anyone doing this? What kinds should I innoculate? Should I sterilize or just stir some innoculant into a slow...
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    countryside natural chick feed too big?

    Has anyone else noticed that Countryside Natural's chick starter feed is waaaay to big for young chicks? I mean, there are whole pieces of dried corn in there, for Pete's sake. I LOVE the ingredient list and the fact that it's so natural, but the size is formulated for godzilla chicks. Am I...
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    when do I take out the air plugs during the hatch?

    I'm hatching in a styrofoam Hovabator and my babies have started to pip. They seem to be having a hard time adn I'm worried the humidity is not high enough. Should I open up the red air plugs now or wait until after at least some of them hatch? I'm worried about shrink wrapping them from too...
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    partly open coop in existing open barn - too cold?

    I live in Atlanta, and would like to turn half of a large doorless barn into a chicken coop. My barn has two large openings in front that have no doors. I plan to divide the barn down the middle with chicken wire (nailed to a wooden frame, of course) and use one half as the coop. I plan to...
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