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  1. javaferret

    Flooded run...what do to with the wet shavings?

    Hi all, been reading all the past flooded posts, and getting good ideas on how to prevent future flooding, but still unsure what to do with the immediate problem of all the wet shavings in the run. The run is covered 20x8 area on dirt with a deep litter floor with coarse pine shavings until...
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    Oregon-Willamette Valley.....poultry question

    Hi guys, so I have been going back and forth and around again on what type of poultry I would be best off getting for my orchard. I have chickens (that I love, but they are not free range due to the hawks, was thinking either something a lil bigger or less destructive than the chickens to free...
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    Ideal's Black Shamos

    Has anyone gotten Shamos from Ideal Hatchery before? I got 2 Black Shamo pullets 8 wks ago along with 2 Saipan pullets (and 17 EE males for warmth, apparently a handful of meat chicks weren't enough, sigh). The Saipans are large,look great, and extremely friendly, the Shamos though, are quite...
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    MPC super blue egg layers

    Anyone have any of these guys? I ordered two pullets, and are two weeks old now, but really are kinda looking like males, and are fighting with everyone. They are only ones out of my other pullets that do not have tails yet as well as they are the least feathered of the bunch. Kind of hope...
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    Vaccination trends for the area?

    Hi, I am a bit late in asking (my chicks are currently in the mail right now heading this way) but was curious if chicken owners out here vaccinate small flocks against Marek's and if medicated or non medicated chick starter is preferred. I had chickens before when I lived in Wyoming, and no...
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    Storage sheds as coops?

    So I am running out of time to get the coop built, so starting to think about getting a 8x8 storage shed to help out on the process. Has anyone had much luck turning one into a coop (adding nest boxes, ventilation) ? I have noticed there are many resin sheds now, would they be ok to use? I...
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    Crazy chicken mix question

    Would hatchery Shamos be able to live with a mix flock of standard size hens if they were all chicks of similar age? Reason I asked, in trying to get the husband person interested in the "lets have chickens" he of course fell in love with the T-Rexes of the chicken world and was excited with the...
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    Just placed order for spring...but my dream team is sold out.

    So after not having chickens for 10 years or so, I am finally have a home where were have lots of land and I can once again have chickens! I was kind of surprised (ya imma newb) that Meyers and MyPet Chicken have already have sold out dates for some of their chickens already! Yikes... I had...
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    Where to get chicks in Benton county Oregon?

    With the coop in build mode, I am now trying to find a good place to actually get my chicks. I have a name from someone who had cream legbars at the county fair that I really liked, but wanted a few other breeds as well. I been trying to find close hatcheries and so far looks like Ideal may...
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    Starting the new coop/run build! Have some questions.

    Ground was broken, this thing is finally gonna get done! I have a few questions, we decided to agree on 8x8 raised coop with an 16x8 enclosed covered run, giving them 24x8 ft of space to roam when counting the under the coop space. I had wanted bigger but my husband who is actually building it...
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    Good brush clearing goats?

    Hi all, I was curious if anyone had an idea or preference on what types of goats make the best brush clearers. I plan to get goats (and my long awaited chickens!!!!) this coming spring, we just moved to central Oregon a month ago and have 5 acres. Most of the land is pasture with pockets of...
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    Dewinging guineas?

    Ok so after looking at various hatcheries and finding the one I want to order chicks for next spring, I started looking at the guineas they offer (Ideal) and they have a button to check if you want to debeak and dewing. What is dewinging? I am guessing its not clipping flight feathers because...
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    Better layer: Welsummer or BCM?

    Hi all, I am intersted in having a couple very dark brown layers, and was wondering from your collective experience which hen lays the best, and approx what egg size they generally lay. I been going back and forth on wether to get welsummers or black copper marans. I have been reading on the...
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    Question about pine shavings

    Hi all, newbie here, I have been reading a couple threads here regarding sand for coop and run use vs deep litter with pine shavings. There seems to be a lot of back and forth about the pros and cons of sand, so I started wondering about pine shavings. I had used them before when I had chickens...
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    New member, will be a chicken owner soon again (yay)

    Hi, I figured while I am waiting to move from California to Oregon, I would start researching chicken related stuff again. I haven't had chickens for about 12 years, and finally moving somewhere where I will be able to have them again. I ordered Story's chicken guide, think I must of had the...
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