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  1. RoosterRidge

    Eggs in the floor....

    DH had his knee replaced the 2nd week of September. We were gone for 4 days and hired someone to come 2xs a day to feed and water our flock. I noticed a few days after we returned home that I had 2 girls in the nesting boxes that would not leave. They have been doing this for going on for almost...
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    Blood Covered Eggs!!!!

    For the past 3 days I have found a couple of eggs covered in blood. The eggs are perfect just have blood all over them. I see no signs of distress from any of the hens nor any signs of blood on any of them. Is this something that is happening because something is wrong with her? Any ideas as to...
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    Week 4 I Need Help!!!

    I Need Some Suggestions Please. I Have 2 Hens That Will Not Leave The Coop Unless I Physically Make Them. They Are Laying An Egg Each Day Then They Move Into The Nesting Boxes Where The Other Hens Have Laid Their Eggs. When I Make Them Go Outside They Act Like I Am Going To Hurt Them. After A...
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    Hawk Stalking My Peeps And Landing On Top Of Run!!!!!!!

    I would have never believed this had I not seen it with my own eyes. A hawk landed on top of the run. Thankfully our big boy got his girls and hurried into the coop. I thought it had left but here is came again. Landing on top of the run again. I usually keep boards laying on top to keep the...
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    4 Days On The Nest With No Eggs....

    I Have 2 Tetra's that have been in the nesting boxes for 4 days now. They are not laying eggs, what the heck are they doing. They scream like crazy when I open the coop door, get all fluffed up and then when I rub them under their beaks they shut up. They look and walk fine when I do force them...
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    Blu-kote Usage

    We have lost 2 from their behinds being pecked. Managed to save a possible 3rd. We have had the pecker in a cage inside the coop for 5 days now. We let her mingle with the others after 2 1/2 days and she started up again after an hour. We let her have the coop and run when the others are free...
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    I dead and another bleeding .... Please help.....

    DH found 1 dead today inside the coop.... They had already started pecking her when he found her.... We have been gone about 6 hours and returned home to another one in the nesting box bleeding.... Please help what is wrong and what can we do.... We are putting her in a pet carrier and going to...
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    Feeding chickens catfood?

    I know you are not supposed to feed catfood to chickens but our most finicky cat has a fit to get into the coop and eat their food. I have never seen anything like it in my life. She will often just go and lay down right in the middle of the flock. The chickens don't pay her any mind at all...
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    Double Yolks!!!!

    Just broke down and started eating our girls eggs... It was very tough for me to crack the first one... I know it sounds crazy... Anyhow 10 out of the 11 I cracked were double yolked... Is this normal for one hen to lay that many with double yolks... They were all from the same RSL... She has...
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    2nd egg with no shell in an hour...

    Not sure but I am wondering if it is possible if the same one did this. The first egg she dropped right in front of me. We just checked on them and I found another one laying on the floor. We went to close the coop when she came out into the run. My husband picked her up and took her inside and...
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    Is this egg ok to eat???

    We have had temps with heat index well above 100. It was sunday 2 weeks ago we heard one of our hens singing the egg song. We just found the egg she laid. Was wondering if it is ok to eat or not. I know you can leave them on the counter, we have had the ac running though. Have a feeling we will...
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    Just caught them red handed......

    DH just caught the girls and boy devouring his tomatoes. Will they get sick from eating the green ones. I don't give them ripe ones because I was afraid of the acid and what it would do to thier tummy. Please someone tell me that they won't get sick from this.
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    Can I use play sand for the run and 1/2 the coop?

    Was wondering if the play sand that you get at Lowes is ok for the chickens. I want to do half of the coop in sand and the other half use the deep litter system. Is this ok or should I just stick to the shavings in the coop. I purchased a 40 pound bag of DE and have used this in the coop and...
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    Butter beans cooked w/ side meat. Is this ok?

    I know they can eat them, but not sure if the little amount of side meat that I add while cooking would harm them. I put butter in alot of my cooking, only in small amounts though. Will this harm the chickens?
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    First egg at 13 weeks... Is this a fluke...

    My husband found our first egg today. Our 13 week old red sex link started making weird noises a few weeks ago. Her top notch went from flesh color to really bright red like the roo. Is this normal at such an early age or is it a fluke. The egg was actually good sized and the shell seems hard also.
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    Is our roo just getting his hens in line????

    Our roo is 12 weeks old and for the past two days he has been really rough on his girls. When I used to open the run door for them they would all come rushing out. For the last two days he comes out first and then if one happens to run out past him, He gets really mad and pecks them on their...
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    Is it ok to spank our roo?

    My husband was letting our roo out and he bit him good. Then alittle while later he bit my bit him again. The strange thing is, my husband is the one who does the most for him. It was really funny at the time. Not so much now though. He drew blood with each bite. Is it ok to spank him to make...
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    Can we feed our chickens Broccoli.....

    We have cut the heads off of our broccoli plants and were wondering if we could feed the stalks to our chickens. Don't want to give them anything that is going to make them sick. Thanks
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    Light in the coop

    Really are wondering if we should be doing this or not. When the heat light was no longer needed by the chickens, we turned it off. Needless to say we decided to unplug it, right before dark one evening. The chicks cried and sounded like they did when they were a few days old. I could not stand...
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    Newbie chicken parents and BYC members in Virginia

    Hello, we are from South Central Virginia. We have 27 chickens ranging from 7-9 weeks old. This is the first time we have ever raised baby peeps. We absolutely fell in love with them day 1. Thank you so much for this site, everything we know about raising the chicks we have learned here. We...
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