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    I’ve had a few rough weeks of chicken keeping. ...

    I’ve had a few rough weeks of chicken keeping. Pizza, the shyest of the Barnevelders and everyone, was not looking right one day and her crop was huge. This happened to be the day after we finished...
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    Bad quality but this is what happens when I walk...

    Bad quality but this is what happens when I walk into the yard now. Spaghetti was just bold enough to pop out from the bushes but popped back in when no one followed. LOL
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  3. Coop is almost ready for chickens. Still need...

    Coop is almost ready for chickens. Still need the official nest box and roost but that should happen this weekend and then I can fill it up with bedding.
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    I think Waffles was around 20 weeks and Sausage a...

    I think Waffles was around 20 weeks and Sausage a week or two less. Those first eggs were more exciting than the birth of my own children. LOL

    I wish we could have a backyard full of chickens but...
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    But chicken wire isn't going to keep much of...

    But chicken wire isn't going to keep much of anything from getting in the coop. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around the yard and raccoons have no problem scaling that. I haven't seen any, but I'm...
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    We are getting ready to put a little “paddock” on...

    We are getting ready to put a little “paddock” on the back of our coop. Not so much to turn the chickens loose but a place I can easily grab them if they shove out the door, and so I can have my...
  7. My husband tried to cut off his finger with the...

    My husband tried to cut off his finger with the circular saw this week so the coop is on hold again. Sigh.
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    I looked up pictures after posting that and some...

    I looked up pictures after posting that and some were really pretty, and there was a lot of variation. I’d have them.

    Are they supposed to be good layers?
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    What does a Barred Rock/Buff cross turn out to...

    What does a Barred Rock/Buff cross turn out to look like?
  10. You have totally underestimated my ability to...

    You have totally underestimated my ability to overthink every detail, change plans on a daily basis and drive my husband nuts. LOL

    The poop board is a tray that goes underneath the roosts to...
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    She's gone and now the others seem a little...

    She's gone and now the others seem a little boring. LOL
  12. Finally made some progress on the coop. I’d say...

    Finally made some progress on the coop. I’d say it’s half done. LOL

    Here is the front view. Chickens are living under the playhouse now and we’ll cut a hole so they can go back and forth.
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    If all goes as planned, Sausage will be living...

    If all goes as planned, Sausage will be living with 12 hens and a rooster tomorrow. Similar situation that we have but on a larger scale.

    The confinement has not gone well for her or us and I...
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    If there are other chickens in your area, there...

    If there are other chickens in your area, there are fertilized eggs somewhere and they probably come from hardy, good egg laying stock. You could also try this....
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    I still don’t understand what eggs you want to...

    I still don’t understand what eggs you want to hatch. Reading back, it sounds like you plan incubate some from the chicks you have. Aren’t half of them deformed in some way?

    You can buy a dozen...
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    You lost me. Fancy chicks don’t need to be...

    You lost me. Fancy chicks don’t need to be housed any differently than regular ones. Bantams might need a few accommodations and feathered feet can’t stand it the mud 24/7 but neither should any...
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    I believe Sausage is some type of Leghorn mix and...

    I believe Sausage is some type of Leghorn mix and I probably wouldn’t do it again if I could help it. LOL She’s flighty and I didn’t want white to stand out with predators and neighbors. My...
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    PS – The guy I got these last chicks from...

    PS – The guy I got these last chicks from incubates a lot of heritage and novelty breeds. If there is a market for that in your area, it could be lucrative. He cut me a deal because I was willing...
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    I ended up separating Sausage from all the others...

    I ended up separating Sausage from all the others yesterday because she has been ridiculous. Waffles is now with the chicks and Sausage is by herself in the smaller area they were. No issues last...
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    Since Pizza and Spaghetti haven been...

    Since Pizza and Spaghetti haven been underrepresented. Not sure which is which.
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    I finally got up the nerve to let the Brahmas...

    I finally got up the nerve to let the Brahmas free range with the big girls today, mostly because it wasn’t raining AGAIN.
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    Not sure what the right answer is in that...

    Not sure what the right answer is in that situation. If she’s getting knocked over now, they may really go after her if you separate for a while and the friend could be completely out of the loop,...
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    Yes, dark-dark. I did that a couple nights and...

    Yes, dark-dark. I did that a couple nights and mine were too sleepy to care.

    If you remove Flappy and a friend now, it might be hard to reintroduce them later. I still haven’t switched the...
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    I had mine blocked until Waffles started showing...

    I had mine blocked until Waffles started showing signs of laying 2 weeks ago. Now she pops out an egg between 7 and 8 each morning while I’m trying to get 3 kids off to school, and Sausage will be...
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    What I heard is that you should go out to the...

    What I heard is that you should go out to the coop after dark and place them on the roost, for as many nights as it takes so they get the right idea. I have not done this with mine because they are...
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