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Mean rooster :(

Me and my family have 4 chickens and one rooster, lately he has started 'biting' our shoes or jumping on us as seen in the video. Do any of you know why this may be? He does it to everyone in our family and im not sure why..

Im sorry about the bad quality of the video

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2024/06/11
07:31 UTC

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Anyone else...get chickens for the first time and suddenly everywhere you go, all you see is chicken food? "Oh, the chickens would looove to eat this." "Oh, this park has amazing grass, the chickens will be in heaven." Pic is zonked out Polish, for funzies :)

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2024/06/11
06:20 UTC

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Our little bantam, is a rooster isn’t she? How loud is she going to crow? (We are inner city chicken keepers)

We bought ‘her’ at a poultry show, but suspect she’s actually a he. Kids are quite attached to her, but we live in the city (with a large backyard run), and keeping roosters won’t fly. But she’s so small, how loud would she crow? Could we get away with keeping her? Can such a small bird still make a lot of noise?

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2024/06/11
04:50 UTC

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What do we do for Gimpy, the last of her flock?

We had a flock of four hens now, only one left. My daughter's response to the shutdown in 2020 was to buy a dozen fertile eggs and hatch them in her apartment closet. Nine hatched, the five roosters were driven to a rescue in Oregon after code enforcement red-tagged us. We lost Mary Ellen to a bobcat a year ago, then Dot, and now Tofu over the weekend. Only Gimpy is left. We have chicks coming but Gimpy may be too old for a re-built flock. Any ideas on to improve her life?

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2024/06/11
04:11 UTC

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My little back yard flock!

Luna - Bard Rock Sunny - RIR (2 weeks out from coon attack) Fluffy and Charlotte - the 2 Buffs

Foreground: Our two baby Easter eggers. Peeps and Kalamatta. Daily evening walk in the yard getting them acquainted with the big birds. Not ready for gen pop yet.

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2024/06/11
01:50 UTC

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Advice

Next year I’m going to adopt some chickens, ducks and one or two geese. I’m obviously going to do a lot of research, but what is some of the most important advice that you guys can give me?

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2024/06/11
01:27 UTC

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Yeah, right...

1 Comment
2024/06/11
01:19 UTC

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Matched my nails to my roo’s ears

That’s normal, right?? 😜💙

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2024/06/11
01:15 UTC

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I love raising babies 😂

4 Comments
2024/06/11
00:28 UTC

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Can I make my coop my brooder?

I'm a first time chicken owner. I have chicks that are 3 and 4 weeks old. Right now I'm using a cardboard box with a heat lamp as the brooder in my living room.

I built up my coop and it is sitting in my garage ready to go. I was planning on moving the chicks to the brooder in the garage with the heat lamp this week.

Then in another 2 weeks, move the coop out to my backyard. (not with the chicks inside obviously) I live in Utah where it is getting in the 80's or 90's in the day and down to 60's at night.

I figure this way the chicks can get used to the coop, and spend 2 weeks there and really establish it as "home" and where they sleep. Also, I've closed up the nesting boxes, and only plan on opening these once the chicks are ready to start laying. So hopefully they get used to sleeping on the roosting bars NOT in the nesting boxes.

Then at 6 weeks, I can open the from the chicken door to the outside world and the birds can start exploring the free range area I'm making in my yard.

Does this sound like a good plan? Any issues with this?

2 Comments
2024/06/10
23:31 UTC

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Lice and eggs

Hello, are eggs safe to eat if my chickens have lice? We are currently cleaning out coop and plan to do diatomaceous earth because we have some, will a dawn/acv bath do anything? Am open to ordering elector psp but am also 4 days out from my due date so would love to deal with this asap.

2 Comments
2024/06/10
21:42 UTC

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What's wrong with her foot?

Found on the bottom on her foot today, the skin around it looks flakey. My first thought was bumble foot as she isn't limping, but could it just be a scab? She's my favorite girl and I just want to be able to treat her fast!

7 Comments
2024/06/10
21:36 UTC

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What size coop for 2 hens?

I was gifted 2 baby chicks about 3 weeks old and they’re indoors in a big play area right now. I’m looking into building a coop for them and found a plan on Etsy for a 3x3 coop. Will this be big enough for them? They’ll have about an 8x30 area to free range in during the day. Want to make sure I’m making them as happy as possible.

1 ameraucana and 1 sapphire gem if that helps.

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2024/06/10
21:21 UTC

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Dilemma

My broody hen had 5 eggs. One dead chick, 4 turned out to be unfertilized. She’s still broody (after more than 5 weeks) so I got her 3 young chicks, hoping she would take them as her own. She does not seem to like them very much though. As soon as I introduced them to her, she started puffing her feathers, making angry noises and eventually picking at them. I put them in my heated bathroom (26 degrees) where they seem fine, but I would like them to be with my other hen.

What do I do? I thought about sneeking them in when she’s asleep, but I’m afraid she’ll kill them before I can intervene.

6 Comments
2024/06/10
21:21 UTC

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Nesting box separate from hen house?

Is it possible to have a hen house that doesn’t have the nest box attached to it? Will the chickens leave the hen house and go into the nest box or would they just lay in the house instead?

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2024/06/10
21:03 UTC

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Splash Marans - both cockerels?

The one on the left is an obvious yes, but the right one just now started getting brought red which varies. Some days he/she is very pale, some days more red. Both almost 13 weeks old.

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2024/06/10
20:08 UTC

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Mysterious Illness in my Hen

Hi. I’m coming here as a last resort for my chicken. She’s been sick for a few days and I’m completely baffled as to what it could be.

Here are the symptoms I’ve observed:

  • Refusal to eat or drink unless forced
  • Lethargy, dull, pale comb, puffed up appearance
  • Stands as if she is eggbound
  • Most striking to me, her neck is always kept extended and she makes odd jerking movements with it. The feathers around this area are especially puffed up.
  • Most recently, she is drooling

At first I thought it might be sour crop, but after treating for it (plus the fact that she didnt have bad breath) I was confused. I also checked for mites/lice/worms/impacted crop, but none returned any results. She also laid an egg yesterday, so she’s not eggbound. I really am baffled. Worm and Cocci treatment was given, but her condition did not improve.

I got told by a friend of mine it might be a tumor blocking her digestive system/airway, but I’m praying this isn’t the case. Does anyone have any insights here?

I think unfortunately it might soon be time to cull. I have been very lucky over the 3 years I’ve had my chickens, and haven’t had any of them pass. I am prepared to lose her, however much it sucks, I just want to understand what happened.

Thank you.

1 Comment
2024/06/10
19:25 UTC

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Guess what?

Chicken butt!

5 Comments
2024/06/10
18:38 UTC

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OK to move outside? 🤔

These babies hatched 3 weeks ago. I am in the deep south, and nightly low is 77 degrees. Is it ok to move these babies outside to the coop, albeit they'll remain in thier current cage for a few weeks while the other hens adjust? Coop is in the shade. TIA!

5 Comments
2024/06/10
17:45 UTC

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