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Egg Prices 3 Replies

Hello everyone, I'm curious what everyone is selling eggs for a dozen?  In your area how many chickens do you need to make a profit?Continue

Started by richard maxwell. Last reply by Jana Franzen Mar 3, 2016.

Help! Brooding hen? 3 Replies

I have one hen, ginger who has decided she wants some chicks. The problem is we had no rooster!I kicked her out of the coop cause she's been in there for almost 3 straight days, and now you can tell…Continue

Started by Jessica. Last reply by Jessica Jan 20, 2015.

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, 2014.

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, 2014.

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Comment by Rebecca Tando on April 18, 2011 at 1:12pm

Meredith, I'm glad you posted again, as I can't find your first post, although it did show up in the email version! 

You might consider placing your other birds on a preventive dosing of antibiotics, if you haven't already, because if this was indeed cholera or bird flu even, the others may be kept from contracting it.

This might help you diagnose.

Or this.

Best of luck!

Comment by Aliza Ess on April 20, 2011 at 10:18am

Just had to post my excitement: we put some fertilized duck eggs under a broody Orpington, and the first little duckling hatched today! Squeee! I just got a glimpse of it's little fuzzy face before it ducked back under it's "momma." So the mothering looks like its going well! Can't wait until I can get a photo.


Any other backyard chicken and duck owners have advice?

Comment by kristin clapper on April 20, 2011 at 11:47am
Aliza that is so awesome!! I can't wait to see the photos! We raise quail and chickens, we recently got some Bantams that will hopefully sit and hatch our quail chicks! I can't wait! Congrats and Good luck!
Comment by rachel whetzel on April 20, 2011 at 2:35pm
How fun!! I can't wait for one of my hens to go broody.
Comment by Meredith on April 20, 2011 at 9:01pm
Alina, My broody buff orphington hatched 8 darling Cayuga ducklings ALL on the 28th day of sitting.  THey were all perfectly healthy and happy and the mama hen did a great job of raising them up.  We sold 6 and kept 2 and it makes faor an interesting backyard barnyard.  My advice is to sex them right away (if you don't know how, I can advise), because by 1 week or so old, it is impossible to tell if boys or girls until they hit puberty at about 5 months.  Then, you will really know the boys!  I would be happy to speak more of our "ducken" adventure!
Comment by Meredith on April 20, 2011 at 9:02pm
Typo, sorry....AliZaQ  :)
Comment by Aliza Ess on April 21, 2011 at 11:36am

Yes, I'd love those tips on how to sex the ducks Meredith! (lol) When we got our chickens last year the woman who bred them sort of claimed to sex them but I wasn't really sure how she did it. We did end up getting 7 hens out of 10 bird though.


Final ducking count: 4 out of 6! One of the ducklings didn't make it out of the egg, and another one was fully hatched but dead in the nesting box. I'm pretty sure the Orpington smothered it, so awwww. But she seems to be doing a good job mothering the remaining 4. When I opened the coop this morning to feed them all the little duckies were keeping warm under the hen.


Hope to have a video posted soon!

Comment by rachel whetzel on April 21, 2011 at 11:45am
I can't wait to see your video, Aliza!
Comment by Aliza Ess on April 21, 2011 at 3:57pm

Just posted it over in the blogs section! > http://www.homegrown.org/profiles/blogs/oneday-old-ducklings

Comment by Meredith on April 21, 2011 at 11:08pm
To sex the ducks, you MUST do it in the first 3 days or so.  Beyond that, it is difficult to impossible to tell!  You turn em upside down, pull apart their "privates" (chloaca?") and if a whitish thing pops out, it is a boy (duh).  No protrusion, girl.  We tried to mark them with fingernail polish and then by tying a string around their leg, but they thwarted us!  We sold them at two weeks and it was IMPOSSIBLE to tell (no more popping!).  We wanted two girls and boy, ended up with two boys and girl.  The two boys were way too much testosterone for our backyard hens (ahem).


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