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Nesting boxes?

I am wondering if we could transform this old piece of furniture into roosting boxes for the flock. Do they like stuff like this? And how might I modify it to make it a cozy hangout for the girls?

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2024/06/30
14:58 UTC

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Seramas - Do they hatch sooner than 21 days?

I’m incubating a batch of Seramas and they seem to be developing quicker (or so it appears when I candle them) than when I incubated Silkies. Since serama eggs are significantly smaller than silkies, I’m wondering if they will hatch sooner than 21 days? If so, would I need to start lock-down sooner? Let me know your experiences, thank you! ♡︎

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2024/06/30
14:52 UTC

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Chicken first aid?

Our girl Flappy has a badly torn wattle which is very recent. What if anything can we do to help her?

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2024/06/30
14:23 UTC

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Can my flock be roosterless?

I lost my barnyard mix rooster to a raccoon a few days ago. I am so sad because I hatched him a year ago and he has never attacked me. However, I was getting so fed up with roosters as he killed a hen a few months ago and was currently bullying another. He was otherwise very good to his other girls.

I am trying to decide if I want to raise another rooster. I know any breed can be aggressive, but are there any where my chances are better? A roo that will both be nice to his ladies AND me? I heard good things about Orpingtons and Brahmas?

Or will a hen step up?

Thanks!

6 Comments
2024/06/30
13:38 UTC

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To crack the egg, or not?

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2024/06/30
11:28 UTC

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Anyone here from Norway? Lost one of my girls to a neighbours dog

It's with heavy heart that I lost one of my hens today, due to a neighbours dog (unleashed) that chased her through our backyard, through the forest that ends with a steep decline into the fjord. I found her on the rocks - immobile, but breathing shallowly. It broke my heart that I had to end her suffering (first time I did it).

The dog owner was last warned yesterday about keeping their dog on a leash when passing our property as their dog has chased our chickens numerous times before. Today, the dog had apparently run away from the owner well before coming close to our house.

My question is if anyone here is from Norway, and familiar with what to do in these situations? The owner has given me his phone number and said to call him to figure this out.

Thank you in advance.

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2024/06/30
11:03 UTC

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I had to euthanize a chicken for the first time yesterday

A 5 week old Hampbar chick slipped through the chicken run fence and made her way into my dogs side of the yard. One of my dogs gave chase and I didn't think anything of it because she likes to chase the squirrels. I didn't see what she was after because I'm so stupid. It was the ONE time I didn't look or correct the behavior, but I suppose that's how it always goes.

She ended up hurting the chick beyond repair, I wanted to help her so badly but I didn't have time to get a gun or anything. So I had to euthanize her with my hands.

I didn't want her to suffer anymore, wanted it to end as fast as I could.

I've never had to do anything like that before. I've had chickens die, but I've never had to be the one to make that choice that affects their literal existence.

Even worse, if I had actually gone out to see what my dog was chasing, I probably could've stopped it from happening.

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2024/06/30
10:31 UTC

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Poultry mites in Canada

Just looking for what's available in Canada for treating them. I have 25 hens and a roo, I found mites on only 3 hens after inspection of everyone. I use paper tape sticky side up to monitor for them. I

Permethrin and derivatives seem to be banned. Use DE as a preventative and clean weekly, but I do have a rodent issue right now (in BC, they banned poison and they don't fall for any traps. The chickens let them walk right up in the day to feed with them so we've resorted to shooting them when we have time).

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2024/06/30
07:22 UTC

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My two favorite girls are being ostracized! My fault?

Did I cause a dysfunctional social dynamic among my birds?!

New chicken mom here, 3 months deep, 8 birds total:

Sprinkles (left, speckled sussex) and Margie (right, easter egger) are my two favorite girls. They're super sweet and friendly and love being held. The other are friendly enough but not as eager for connect like Sprinkles and Margie. So, of course I pay way more attention to them. Squeaky chicken gets the snugs

Yesterday, I noticed some bullying. I gave them some treats (greens and strawberries) and both favorite girls were chased away from the dish. Then tonight, I went to put them away for the night, usually all the birds are inside the coop but Sprinkles and Margie were outside on the door of the coop :( the coop has more than enough space. With all birds on the roost bars its not even halfway full.

Is chicken jealously a thing? Can I make it better?

3 Comments
2024/06/30
07:15 UTC

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The first egg has been laid... ($2k later I finally get "free" eggs!)

Also LOL at the fact this came from an "Olive Egger".

16 Comments
2024/06/30
06:43 UTC

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Hen or Roo!?

Gah. I can’t tell. It’s possible she got her tail plucked off as I am trying to integrate with my 4 big gals, and it’s not going well. Hen or roo!? Supposed to be a sultan chicken, I have 4 others with tails.

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2024/06/30
05:12 UTC

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Walked into the chicken run and three of the little chicks popped their heads out from under mama hen. So funny. She hatched out 7 total. Such a good mama.

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2024/06/30
03:07 UTC

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Need help diagnosing chicken

I’ve called over 10 vets and bird specialists in my area and no one is able to help. My chicken has a neck twist, is unstable when walking, and is needing to be hand fed. Google searches have lead me to believe she has wry neck, so we are giving her vitamin E. I’ve had people I know tell me that they think it’s a binded egg or an infection or sour crop, but I’m wondering what you all think because at this point we just feel like we’re treating everything.

As a side note, if anyone knows of someone in Orange County, California that can help, please let me know.

2 Comments
2024/06/30
02:50 UTC

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Non viable egg?

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2024/06/30
02:25 UTC

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How do I corral a chicken without it freaking out??

New chicken owner here. Had my 1 month old chickens outside for a few hours today and I’m currently trying to put them away for the night but one got very frightened as I was trying to shut the cage door and got loose and now I don’t know what to do. I tried just grabbing it but it’s faster than me and I ended up just chasing it around and scaring it more. Currently just sitting down calmly trying to coax it over with food but it won’t get near me. It responded well to treats earlier today. I’m very frustrated and out of ideas. Please help.

UPDATE: after nearly an hour she finally got close enough to me for me to grab her. Thanks for all the tips everyone, I’m sure this won’t be the only time it happens. Looks like I need to keep working on building trust in the meantime 😩😅

36 Comments
2024/06/30
01:54 UTC

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I was late to put my hen Samson up, so I had to give her an umbrella to keep the rain off her.

She MUCH prefers sleeping on our porch instead of the protected coop, but I felt horrible leaving her out in the rain. So, TURKEY UMBRELLA.

I’d pick her up, but she gets panicky when she gets picked up and I was not feeling getting slapped in the face by a thirty pound bird’s wing.

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2024/06/30
01:14 UTC

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Peking after the rain

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2024/06/30
00:37 UTC

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My little chicken.

Got all my chickens at the same time. She’s so tiny! I call her road runner.

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2024/06/30
00:32 UTC

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If my run if covered by trees, do I need bird netting?

I have no idea if I have owls, hawks, vultures, etc. So I'm assuming I have them all. The run I'm setting up is 30 feet long by 25 feet wide. It has large trees that provide partial shade to the run and coop, think of a forest but without the spindly trees scattered in, just the large ones, that much cover. The chickens will be locked in the coop at night and let out in the morning, the run is fenced 6ft high. Do yall think I need the netting? Or are the trees and fence enough?

6 Comments
2024/06/30
00:25 UTC

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