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To feather or not
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Help!  I have a Polish Crested hen who is losing her top hat.  I think the others are pecking on her head while roosting at night.  Could she have mites?  She is the only one of 30 that seems to have…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cornelia May 16, 2011.

 

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Jodie Westwood replied to Mari Mann's discussion 'Rooster behavior' in the group Backyard Chickens
"Ellen, I know you so wanted a little hen when peeper was hatched!    The Bantam 's mature the fastest in my experience, mature enough to be laying in 4 months, crowing, and roosters ready to show off their flogging skills. …"
Dec 14, 2011
Jodie Westwood commented on Flour Sack Mama's blog post 'Top Turkeys Go from Small Farm to Thanksgiving Table'
"I have 4 gobblers and 6 hens doing fantabulous.  I would like to raise more.  When can I expect to them lay eggs?"
Nov 29, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Ellen Peavey's discussion 'No Dig Potatoes'
"I have tried the no dig potatoes two years in a row without success.  It has to be the soil as every potato peel (white) I threw out all winter long comes up in every raised bed I have and not by my choice thanks to helpful critters.  This…"
Nov 29, 2011
Jodie Westwood commented on Pete and Izzy's Mom's group 'Backyard Chickens'
"So far so good with our setting hen on 10 turkey eggs. I figure July 2 for hatching. Have 6 more in the incubator that didnt fit under her. OK - providing the incu's hatch - how will sneek the hatchlings in with mama hen? My husband has serious…"
Jun 17, 2011
Jodie Westwood commented on Pete and Izzy's Mom's group 'Backyard Chickens'
"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?"
Jun 5, 2011
Cornelia replied to Jodie Westwood's discussion 'To feather or not'
"Jodie, I would suggest posting this question in the Backyard Chickens group - that's where they flock to! ;)"
May 16, 2011
Jodie Westwood posted a discussion

To feather or not

Help!  I have a Polish Crested hen who is losing her top hat.  I think the others are pecking on her head while roosting at night.  Could she have mites?  She is the only one of 30 that seems to have an issue.See More
May 16, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Ellen Peavey's discussion 'No Dig Potatoes'
"You sound like my friend Jean.  Was was NEVER going to marry again, but I succumbed to a wonderful man who is the "typical" man but is truly wonderful helping me with any project I come up with.  We are frying up here.  94…"
May 10, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Ellen Peavey's discussion 'No Dig Potatoes'
"I am trying my best to try to make you "my friend" on this ......I have one but forgot how I did it.  You should be able to go to my page and see some pictures of the zebu.  Basically they are minature brahma cows.  We have…"
May 9, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Ellen Peavey's discussion 'No Dig Potatoes'
"I was born in Athens - a real Georgia Peach.  I know all about that red clay - seems we are close enough to the line to share that same dirt.  Sounds like you have a super little farm!  I was hoping for a donkey, but have been voted…"
May 9, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Ellen Peavey's discussion 'No Dig Potatoes'
"I have volunteers from last year, but I planted several containers, along with raised beds.  My biggest problem is how to store them after they are harvested. Where do you live Ellen?  I am close to Chattanooga."
May 7, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Ellen Peavey's discussion 'No Dig Potatoes'
"I am giving it a try!  Made two out of chicken wire and loaded them up with purples and whites.  I wish I had better luck with sweet potatos and tomatoes.  Used all my leftover hay from the horse stalls (clean) and added compost and…"
May 3, 2011
Kristie Nackord left a comment for Jodie Westwood
"I'm so glad you are okay from the tornado's and I'm sorry to hear about your neighbors. :-( This earth is really going through it...."
May 1, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Cornelia's discussion '"Getting Started With Chickens" A Q&A with beloved author of "Chick Days", Jenna Woginrich' in the group Backyard Chickens
"Chickens dont eat fire ants.  I would love to hear some natural ways to rid ants from around the hen hosue - and YES you do have to worry about them.  I killed several hens by mistake by throwing out the granuals - they ate them and were…"
Apr 23, 2011
Jodie Westwood replied to Erin Mitchell's discussion 'Lavender Orpingtons...' in the group Backyard Chickens
"My "dueling" rooster was beautiful but after continued leg scars he just had to go.  He had a single comb, red and yellow feathers and stood 3' tall when he wanted to.  "Uno" being the only egg to hatch, thus is…"
Apr 22, 2011

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Earth Mama
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Relocated to Tennessee 5 years ago determined to create a farm that would be fun and productive. So far we have raised our own beef, eggs and our garden has produced well enough not to purchase veggies during the summer months.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
Sliders! With our own Angus beef burgers, lettuce and tomatos.
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Built a chicken house that is a minature of our house and raising a new crop of exotic/rare chickens - just for fun.
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Mother Earth News - a 20+ year reader
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At 4:00pm on May 1, 2011, Kristie Nackord said…
I'm so glad you are okay from the tornado's and I'm sorry to hear about your neighbors. :-( This earth is really going through it....
At 11:56am on April 21, 2011, rachel whetzel said…
Hey Jodie! I was trying to say something about your white (used to be brown eggs) and not steal Jenna's thunder... and when I sent you a friend request, I forgot to add the message!! lol I was GOING to say... that from what I understand, eggs essentially all start out "white" inside a hen. Based on her breed, she might have pigmentation (ie brown and whatever color Americaunas and other blue/green laying hens have) The darker the egg, the more pigmentation is being put on the egg. (spotting has something to do with this also, but I don't know what for sure) This pigmentation can fade with the "seasons" of a chicken's life. Molting is one "season" that I have heard can lighten eggs. Age is another. I have seen this last one with my oldest laying hens. Their eggs used to be creamy tan, and now are nearly white. Depending on your hen's age, (I don't remember how old you said they were or if you did) they may be in one of those "seasons" that their eggs are lighter, or they may just be getting old and losing the pigmentation ability so to speak. Most likely, without any symptoms of illness, this is what's happening to your hens.
 
 
 

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