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FOX!!! 4 Replies

We started back in February with 9 left in our layer flock - one roo and 8 ladies.I had to come and get out my frustration. We had the rooster "processed" this morning as he has now attacked both my…Continue

Tags: grah, annoyed, chickens, fox

Started by Tasha Raymond. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jun 11.

HOMEGROWN Eggs vs Store Bought 4 Replies

In the last 6 months there are now 4 places selling eggs.  FREE RANGE EGGS say the signs.  I am a city slicker what do i need to know about store eggs vs road side farm eggs?Storage?Do they last…Continue

Started by Joe Klinkhoff. Last reply by Joe Klinkhoff Mar 7.

Winter Chickens 11 Replies

Well, my chickens are in the bathroom for the winter. Once the water dishes started freezing up, in they went. What do you all do with yours?Continue

Started by Jana Franzen. Last reply by Jana Franzen Jan 31.

recommendations needed guinea - chickens - chicks - keets are COLD & DYING 5 Replies

I have approx. 86 chickens and 7 adult guineas.  8 little chicks and about 34 guinea keets.  They are in a very big barn that is 60' long.  They is a lot of open space.  I have 34 keets that are over…Continue

Started by Cindy. Last reply by Tasha Raymond Jan 8.

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Comment by Erin Mitchell on May 17, 2011 at 2:15pm
Anyone else feel kinda sad that the chicks are big enough to nest? Sure doesn't seem like they are that old, lol
Comment by Cathy & Rick on May 17, 2011 at 2:49pm
Just getting into raising chickens. Got 5 Production Red pullets and 1 cockeril(?) about 3 weeks old yesterday.
Comment by Erin Mitchell on June 1, 2011 at 1:10pm
So we have a hen with a clutch of eggs and she's been broody about them... Day 1
Comment by Aliza Ess on June 1, 2011 at 2:55pm
Erin- I'm guessing she is broody about unfertilized eggs? If you don't want her sitting on the eggs, we've found that it's effective to put the hen in a separate enclosed area for 3 days to a week, which calms her down and she's no longer broody.
Comment by Erin Mitchell on June 1, 2011 at 8:16pm

Hey, Aliza! No, she's part of a newer mated pair that we've been taking care of so we're hoping they're fertile, and we get chicks! So, supposedly 21 days we'll have new babies (give or take, lol)

Comment by rachel whetzel on June 1, 2011 at 8:40pm
Congrats, Erin!! I love my hen hatched chicks!! Such a huge difference.
Comment by Aliza Ess on June 2, 2011 at 12:10pm
Ah, good luck! Hope you will be enjoying the little chickies soon!
Comment by Jodie Westwood on June 5, 2011 at 1:45pm
I have managed to get Henrietta (Barred Rock Hen) to set on 10 turkey eggs.  Let me count the days.  Any suggestions on additional feed or supplements to help her through the extra days?
Comment by Erin Mitchell on June 6, 2011 at 12:56am
Standard feed stuffs... She's just sitting. She'll eat when hungry enough :)
Comment by Meredith on June 6, 2011 at 1:43am
We have hatched two clutches of ducks with our broody hens (two different times, the last was just 2 weeks ago, darling things).  Both mama hens would get up and eat/drink once a day or so and take care of their needs.  We worried the first time around that the eggs would get cold....  All 9 fertilized eggs hatched, no problem.  Same with this time.

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