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Interesting stuff for the small flock community and the humane big flock community.

/r/BackYardChickens

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Coryza

I believe I have a hen with this. Looks and behaves similarly to what I just quickly read online. Just checking in with this community for what to do and best practices. I’ve had chickens for years and never come across this yet. Thanks!

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2024/02/27
23:03 UTC

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Hello from Heihei

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2024/02/27
23:02 UTC

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Our badass lead rooster Django - an ayam cemani that survived a dog attack

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2024/02/27
21:05 UTC

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RIP girl, you were a good chikun.

She was pretty old but idk what happened to her. She acted normal yesterday, this morning she was just standing with her wings down and her crop was full of liquid that would seep out of her beak when I massaged it. Had to go to work and when I came home now she was already gone. I have a hard time when they die and feel bad laying them in the dirt, so she received a bed of ferns and flowers. Today was a beautiful sunny spring day here, she’s buried with purple rice button asters and bidens alba which she loved to eat. It’s a little windy today and the yellow jessamine flowers are falling from the trees, the chickens don’t seem to eat them but they sure are pretty. That’s all.

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2024/02/27
21:03 UTC

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Chick adoption update: They have been chick-napped! 😱🤣Apparently Judith moved in on them & the chicks started clinging to her instead of Agatha. Agatha took murderous offense (no harm done), so she in jail while Judith takes over raising the kids

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2024/02/27
19:35 UTC

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Avian flu

About a week ago we go 8 chicks and 2 ducks to start a flock. In the forefront of my mind was salmonella but not I've went down the avian flu rabbit hole. How concerned should I be?

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2024/02/27
18:29 UTC

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People with large open air chicken runs, do you have any problems?

I have had small run that was enclosed before and it was fine , chickens just turned it to dirt fast.

I want to do a large area so there will always be vegetation in it and just use 4ft fence around it with t posts and then a few hot wires lower on the outside of fence . i plan on closing the coop every night once they are in for night so safe at night.

Question is for those who have large area open air runs how do they do? chickens fly out? hawk or other pred problems? i let my last flock free range for over a year until a fox got them.

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2024/02/27
18:28 UTC

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Broken leg

I have a chicken that broke her leg, we dont know how. Im thinking she got stuck somewhere and broke it because it is bruised in the leg meat and the foot is almost amputated, and it snapped. She is limping, but mostly just laying because of it. All toher chickens in coop are ok. Would I be able to do something for her, or should I put her down?.

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2024/02/27
17:27 UTC

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Any ideas for treat block recipes to make from mash?

I posted yesterday and came across 1000lbs of good quality scratch mash for like $100. Trying to figure out ways to incorporate into my ladies diets that isn’t just wetting/fermenting. I don’t care to get crafty and am looking for some recs to create some treat blocks. Thank you in advance!!

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2024/02/27
16:46 UTC

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Project Adopt-A-Chick 2.0 is a success!

Agatha is, well, especially stupid, even for a chicken. BUT…she’s also a fantastic mama. The fact that her “eggs” were pink and purple sidewalk chalk, and that she sat on them only a week instead of three, and that her “babies” hatched already 2 weeks old is no matter. DEEZ MAH BEHBEHS

She already has successfully raised adopted chicks and is a pro at it now. These two Rhode Island Reds scored—and so did we!

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2024/02/27
16:02 UTC

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How many eggs per hen per day?

Google told me one egg per hen per day. My hen had prolapse vent last night just laid other five eggs! She is safely by herself in a warm space. I will check on her later. But I have no idea what to expect. Is she in pain? When I push the vent back in , how much pressure should I apply? I tried last night, but it kept coming out. I wasn’t expecting my hens to lay eggs now in the winter. -20c today.

Edit: ok I checked. Those are not her eggs. Hubby left them there with her just for a while. Miscommunication. I was worried for the girl for a moment.

Those five eggs were found together. I guess hens like to place their eggs together ?

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2024/02/27
15:47 UTC

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Found the secret stash

Newly laying pullet decided that the nesting box was too crowded. So she found her own place to lay. I’m glad I found them!

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2024/02/27
15:17 UTC

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Chicks got moved to the outdoor brooder and are loving it

4 polish, a naked neck, buff orpington, and 7 easter eggers!

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2024/02/27
15:06 UTC

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Has anyone ordered from chickensforbackyards.com this season?

I'd be curious to know your experience so far and if you have received your chicks yet any details you can share on how they did shipping and upon arrival!

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2024/02/27
14:57 UTC

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Brooder In Open Air Coop? Central Florida

I live in central Florida and have a mostly open air coop, 3 walls of just chicken wire/hardware cloth and one side metal siding and wood planks, metal roof. I don't have a garage or extra room to keep the brooder inside, so I was thinking of putting the brooder (old ferret nation cage) in the coop. Coop has power ran to it so I can plug in their heat plate. Is there any problem with this? My dad suggested this as he has done it with his flocks in the past, but he is a bit more lax about their care than I am. (his chickens are for eggs, mine will be pets) It is already pretty warm here and the chicks won't be here until the first week of April.

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2024/02/27
14:37 UTC

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Meyer Hatchery Ship Times

Hi, sorry if this is redundant. I am so nervous I ordered chicks for a starter flock. In the 90s we used to order from Meyer and always had great experiences.

I'm so worried because my chicks were shipped yesterday but there have been no scans since they were accepted in Ohio. I know USPS is garbage but they were shipped to Western NY Priority mail Express. The USPS site says by 6pm Thursday but tbh I thought we would get them today because of our close proximity to Ohio. I called the post office to give them a heads up that I was expecting chicks and they were a little surprised they weren't in their possession.

I'm afraid they won't make it until Thursday. I'm probably overreacting because I am so excited. I've wanted chickens again since I left our family farm but was living a city life until recently when we moved to a rural area.

How long did it take for chickens to get from Meyer to you, and where are you located?

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2024/02/27
14:22 UTC

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The Omitted Facts about Chick Days

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2024/02/27
13:58 UTC

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Panting chicks too hot?

11 Cornish cross chicks, 1 week old. First time having chickens and taking care of them. I’ve never seen 2 of them with their beaks open while breathing looks like panting and wings spread? So potentially too hot? Have it at 86-90* at the very center, 75-85* at the edges. Electrolytes in the water fresh 2-3 times a day. They will come in for some warmth and then go to the edges and still move around and running, going back and fourth between the waters and feeder, sleeping in the center a little but mostly the edges. 250 watt bulb at 35 inches height. Should I raise it a few more inches and see if they get too cold and lower it to a good height?

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2024/02/27
12:55 UTC

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Hen has been doing this for some times today. Is this something to be worried about?

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2024/02/27
06:19 UTC

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Brahma roo legs

Any input on what’s going wrong with my roosters legs? All 3 of my Brahma Roos have lost their leg feathers and are very red. The hens are fine.

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2024/02/27
05:33 UTC

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Check out the line up!

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2024/02/27
03:47 UTC

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