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  1. A

    Keeping a rooster with a small backyard flock?

    I know I am getting a little ahead of myself with this post, but I am a planner! We have six chicks in the brooder, they will be four weeks old next Tuesday. They are all different breeds, from Murray McMurray and were supposed to be hens. We have suspicions of our golden laced Wyandotte being...
  2. C

    Hens not laying

    I recently lost my biggest hen suddenly, with no signs of illness or trauma. She just kinda dropped dead. Since she died, my other Rhode Island Red has stopped laying. She doesn’t have any symptoms of being egg bound and has been eating normally. My other two Easter Eggers are still laying...
  3. UrbanHenKW123

    Heating pad in the coop?

    Hey everyone ! I’m from Canada so we see some pretty cold winters. It’s been mild so we’ve been let off easy. But I see it’s going to dip down into the -20 to -30 in the next couple weeks. I have 3 sex links in a small backyard coop. It’s partially insulated (All the walls and roof minus the big...
  4. Chicken-Keeping Tips for City Slickers

    Chicken-Keeping Tips for City Slickers

    Those of us new to chickens and living on small city lots aren’t able to follow a lot of traditional chicken-keeping practices. Full time free-ranging is out, for one, and all the advantages that it offers. So are the benefits of keeping a rooster to guard and guide the flock. And we generally...
  5. Wonderling

    Aggressive Rooster needs more hens?

    My big rooster got pretty protective once he got his hens but he's getting even more so lately. He only has 2 hens, would getting more hens for him help? I figured maybe he's being overprotective since he only has the 2 and if he had more he'd mellow out a bit. I was thinking I might just get a...
  6. malagabara

    Not so new but HI!

    I've been using BYC.com since 2016 when I was planning to start my flock, but I never introduced myself. I just created a new thread so in the spirit of etiquette, I'm officially introducing myself as well. I started my flock with 4 (3+spare :/) day-old Barnevelder hens in April 2017, their...
  7. Foreveryukon

    Hello all

    Hi all. I have been looking at this site since i got my baby chicks in May last year. Was making sure I didn't feed them anything bad and as the summer progressed, learning how to acclimate them to our winter. I live in the Yukon, Canada. But thanks to the info i got my girls are doing great. I...
  8. KirbyH

    Introducing myself

    My husband and I live on 5 acres in NC and have a small flock of chickens which we raise for eggs. We have six "normal" chickens of different varieties (Americaunas, Rhode Island Red, Barred Rock, Wyandottes) who live in a coop within an electric fenced in yard and who are released from their...
  9. Pugsabi

    Sale on Brinsea Mini II advance on Amazon!

    Amazon is selling this kit for $176.68 while normally it goes for $439.99. This chick incubation kit consists of: “The Egg Story" Lesson Plan manual on CD-ROM, Mini II Advance digital incubator with fully automatic egg turning and auto stop feature (capacity 7 hen eggs or 14 quail eggs with...
  10. UrbanHomesteadMama

    Hi From California!

    1) Are you new to chickens /when did you first get chickens? I have been a chicken sitter for my aunt and uncle’s flock but these are our first. We got 3 pullets about 3 weeks ago. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? We have 3 hens (3) What breeds do you have? We have 1 Easter Egger...
  11. Rlmp817

    Our duo’s back to two...

    well, not quite yet, but if the two suspected Roos are confirmed I have 2 questions: 1.)would a mini flock of 2 chickens and a turkey be happy(at least until thanksgiving?) or should I (again) look for age appropriate pullets to grow our flock back to 4? 2.) what age do you cull roosters? Hubby...
  12. WildCHILD400

    Best Bantam breed?!

    Hi I am looking to possibly add a new member to my small flock and I am thinking about Bantam. What is the the best layer breed with no feet feathers and come with a gender? Thanks for the help.
  13. TheMaineHomestead

    Balancing Egg Colors in Small Flocks

    Our little farm in Maine has hosted a small flock of chickens for five years now. In the past two years I began breeding rare and fancy chickens both for my own enjoyment and to sell to pay the feed bill. We are not wealthy people, but that has never deterred me from enjoying life. A brilliant...
  14. Naturegirl155

    Because my Facebook Friends are Tired of Chickens

    Just sharing some pictures from today! I'm new to chicken life but I'm enjoying to learning curve. Gotta love when the gate opens and the dogs NEED to check out the chicken run and the chickens NEED to check out the dog yard. I guess the hay is always fresher on the other side... Mindy the...
  15. Naturegirl155

    Out of the Brooder Box and Onto the Forum

    (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I'm fairly new to the world of chickens. I'm an elementary school science teacher who hatched chicks with kindergarten in May 2017. I got 23 eggs...16 made it to incubator lockdown ...15 hatched...and 14 survived to outgrow the...
  16. WindingWater

    WindingWater Introduction

    Hello from Chautauqua County, NY! I still feel new to...
  17. scalci

    Food obsessed hen, losing weight! Help!

    Hello, So I have 3 hens, 2 that are probably about 4 years old (I think they’re red sexlinks) and 1 that’s 6 1/2 (white leghorn). For the last year or so Martha (1 of the sexlinks) has been very concerned with food. The last few months it has become pretty bad. She is always eating, she will...
  18. chickachickayea

    Advice/help requested - 8x8 shed to coop conversion

    I decided to bite the bullet and got my hands on an 8x8 shed to be converted into a coop. I will need all the help I can get, as I am not a builder (with the exception of canvas stretchers!) and am a total visual learner, so seeing other members builds/tutorials have been helpful! Here's the...
  19. rbnk1

    Raising chickens in town

    Hello everyone, I am curious for feedback from others who raise their chickens in town, in village limits, where there is ample car traffic noise, and curiosity from neighbors and their pets or children. We just got six Buff Orpingtons yesterday from Tractor Supply. We will sell 2 when they...
  20. Sierra Hughes

    Can my silkies live in this coop?

    I have 4 standard chickens that have a 18x18 run and coop. However, having to keep silkies (4 total) separate from them.. not getting along, at all! Are they able to live in this coop pictured? If not, may have to find a new home for these babies.
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