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Chicken Rearing 101 a very funny lesson in chicken rearing A MUST READ! 10 Replies

Capon: A castrated male used for meat. [How much could that yield?]Pullet: A female chicken under one year old.Hen: A female chicken over one year of ageRooster: A male chicken over one year of…Continue

Started by dale learn bayda. Last reply by Lorraine Smith Pacific NW Jul 2, 2015.

Insert your chicken pics here! 112 Replies

A place post pics of the cute chicks we love =-)

Started by Brenna z6 PA. Last reply by sarita hatch Feb 17, 2013.

snakes 2 Replies

does anyone have any issues with snakes in or around the chicken coop or areas where the chickens or eggs are? If so, what do you do about them and how do you keep them away?Continue

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Started by Earlene Sorrells. Last reply by 10edc775exkyh Nov 15, 2012.

New to chickens, what's a bantam? 9 Replies

I got chickens, (Rhode Island reds, Polish crested) mostly for insect control.  My husband suggests we should get some bantams but I have no idea what makes a bantam a bantam.Is it just size or…Continue

Started by MrPKitty. Last reply by Lyn - Sydney Apr 9, 2012.

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Comment by Alison Baker on February 16, 2012 at 7:27pm

I suppose my hens will be after my strawberrys and blueberrys when they start? just happen to think of that today, wonder how I can avoid that? anyone with advice.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on February 2, 2012 at 7:57am
First time ever since my girls started laying over about 16 mths ago and not a single egg today from 9 girls!
Or could it be a protest payback for me accidentally stepping on one of their eggs yesterdsy whilst collecting their eggs from laying boxes! How was I to know one of them had scratched straw all over the egg on floor of cage. It certainly frightened the life out of me when it exploded under my foot as I backed out of their house!
We will see what tomorrow brings forth, perhaps it is the awful wet weather that is hindering their laying?
Comment by Kathleen Whinnery on January 20, 2012 at 12:20pm

Alison, I clip my hens wing but have found as the start growing they can still fly. Now I clip only ONE wing. They are off center as they are growing back. I usually re clip every two months or so.

Comment by Kathleen Whinnery on January 20, 2012 at 12:14pm

Trying to figure it out...anyway there is a shot of my hen who loves to set...We had Easter chicks last year.


Comment by Kathleen Whinnery on January 20, 2012 at 12:13pm

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 19, 2012 at 7:10pm
Mine are all bantams so wasn't necessary and we have 6ft fences all around their run, plus netting over whole area. My Silkies can't even flutter up to lowest rung in hen house, plus one Cochin can't fly up either for some reason (when I go out into run and Lavender wants to lay an egg, she will circle my legs until I lift her into nesting box, she then lays her egg and literally falls back down to earth!) so I don't think my girls will be flying anywhere in a hurry.
Comment by Alison Baker on January 19, 2012 at 4:30pm

anyone else clip thier hens wings? I wasn't going to, but for safety I had to today, we have a 6 ft fence, dogs all around beyond and they were flying a little too high for my comfort, so does anyone know how long till they grow back? love all your advice.

Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 17, 2012 at 10:19pm
Dale, especially if iPad is set at automatic correction, it changes all your words and makes your sentences totally incomprehensible! I switched it to OFF.
I got embarassed reading some of my posts that had self corrected.....
Comment by dale learn bayda on January 17, 2012 at 5:38pm
Wow the iPad really likes to screw with your typing!
Comment by dale learn bayda on January 17, 2012 at 5:37pm
Ok, last night I see SopngeBob has a VERY runny butt,this morning I get her down to cleanup and I see she has a prolapsed rectum....
i cleaned her up and put her in a quiet spot and it has "gone back in" and looks normal now.
I read she she may be constipated even tho she is runny.
I do not think she is egg bound.
Read where I should only feed her oats and wheat for awhile?
What do you all think? And if any of you have a recipe for the warm oatmeal mash I think I need it!

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