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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 Meredith on April 21, 2011 at 11:09pm
There are several youtube videos too.  That is how we learned, and it really did work!
Comment by Aliza Ess on April 22, 2011 at 2:03pm
Good to know Meredith- we're on day three of the duckies so we'd better get on that! Although I"m not sure if we actually have the room to keep the ducks once they become adults, so they might be headed out to our friend's farm anyway. Sounds like a fun blog post though :p
Comment by Erin Mitchell on April 25, 2011 at 12:15pm
We introduced the chicks to the coop... Stevie is the only one having issues. She'll get over it
Comment by Rebecca Tando on April 25, 2011 at 12:39pm

Too cute.  The baby is adorable too!

What was the ratio of chicks to adult chickens?

Comment by Erin Mitchell on April 25, 2011 at 12:47pm
currently its 5 to 2, lol. Don (our Silkie roo) has no problems with them, Stevie (austrolorpe) however, does... I think she's just trying to make sure they know she's the head girl :) My son, Liam, was a little put out that we were putting his chicks out with his chickens. Now he can't go feeding them his leftovers with out mom knowing, lol
Comment by Meredith on April 27, 2011 at 1:55pm
All this talk of broody hens and ducklings somehow psychically provoked one of my YOUNG (the girl just started laying) into broodiness (grrrrrr).  And after a not very committed try to break the broodiness failed, we decided to place the duck eggs from their daily hiding place (it's like an Easter egg hunt EVERY SINGLE DAY) under her and see what happens.  Last time we ordered a clutch of fertilized duck eggs, this time we are hoping our insatiable boy duck is properly fertilizing our poor resolved girl duck and a few ducklings will come in a month or so.....
Comment by Erin Mitchell on April 27, 2011 at 4:22pm

Hope Friday to have a set of 4 (supposed pure-bred) 10 week old hens to add to the coop... I think we'll be done for a while after that, lol.

1 Lakenvelder
1 Buttercup
1 Silver Wyandotte
1 Blue Andalusian

I'm always excited to get more chicks! We might look more seriously into chicken farming, lol

Comment by Aliza Ess on April 28, 2011 at 3:07pm

Aw Meredith, sorry to hear about the young broody hen but new ducklings are a great consolation prize! These little peepers make my day every day. So adorable! They grow so fast though, they're barely two weeks old and already have changed from round little fuzzies to duck-looking fuzzies. I tried to take their photos this morning and this one was one of the better ones:

A group shot taken with flash:

 

A video is posted on the blog for anyone who is interested (I have another one I want to load soon):

http://www.baltimorediy.org/2011/04/newborn-ducklings.html

 

Comment by Aliza Ess on April 28, 2011 at 3:31pm

p.s. sorry, i know that's a double-post of the video link! the new one will be up shortly :)

 

Comment by dawn hughes on May 11, 2011 at 3:57am
Does any one know where to find vets that take care of chickens? I live in Plymouth, MA and I really would like to have a vet all lined up should I ever have a chicken to get sick. Anyone in the area that knows where to find a good chicken vet please chime in. Thanx.

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