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Silver Laced Wyandotte Rooster x Black Australorp Hen chicks 
We have hatched 4 chicks and all are black. Does this mean they are all hens or is that not necessarily true.

Hyline x Australorp 
I have aquired 10 ex battery hyline hens and wondered what would eventuate if they were crossed with an Australorp rooster. The eggs would be incubated …

Chicken problems - not laying & high death rate. 
We have two sets of hens: red Leghorns about 2 yrs old, and Buff Orpingtons about 1 yr old. These are all hens and have been laying well since each group …

Need help sexing New Hampshire pullets and cockerels  
I have new hampshire red chicks that are a week over 2 months old and I can't tell the difference between hens and roosters. HELP ME PLEASE YALL MEG:

Cristina 
I would like your advice on the following, I have a 6 weeks old lamb that was rejected by her mom. As soon as I realized this I gave her colostrum I purchased …

Do rabbits get along with chickens? 
We have 6 hens living in a beautiful urban garden/coop/run habitat. My daughter wants a pet bunny, and I would prefer NOT to keep it in a small hutch, …

Is it okay to move pigmy goats from one country to another? 
I live in Italy where I have two pigmy goats (about two years old). We are moving to Scotland and I wanted to know if they would be happy living in a different …

What's Ailing My Listless Pregnant Cow?  
I have a pegnant cow that has been sluggish the past few days. She is eating but not nearly as much, she doesn't come running like usual when i feed her. …

Why am I hatching so many baby roosters from my incubator??? 
I am new in hatching our own eggs I have have hatched 4 batches of eggs in two different incubators and I am having a problems with getting any to hatch …

Grow Your Own Chicken Food 
Well i want to plant the crops so that i can feed the chickens..How much of what do I plant per chicken? Sustainable..the perfect synario: what do you …

What to Feed for Large-Scale Chicken Raising 
Hello from Mexico. I just stumbled across your site and then promptly made two posts to my NGO's Facebook page to let people know about the great …

New Chook on the Block 
I have 5 Isa Brown hens and 1 cock, all about 3 years old. I'm about to introduce 2 young point of lay (17wk old?) Isa Brown crosses. At what age can …

Starting with Baby Animals? 
I am planning to move back to the lifestyle that I started life with - that is on a small mixed farm. When I get my animals I would like to get young …

Pros and Cons of Dehorning Billy Goats 
I have a pygmy goat that is approx 7 months old. We got him two months ago. Today we took him to a livestock vet and had him dehorned. The vet assured …

Help a Newbie setting up a new chicken coop. 
I live on a small farm outside of Calgary, AB. We have a bird coop already full of chuckers and pigeons that we use for dog training. There is a small …

Keets and crooked toes 
Hello everyone, We have been raising Guinea hens for two years now, and this year we decided to try incubating some of the eggs. We bought an incubator …

4 day old lamb not pooing! 
Hello, we have an orphan lamb that we have had for three days now. The first day we had her she pooped a little black poo and has not had a poo since. …

Is she egg bound??? 
My hen is all puffed up its been a week,I'm guessing its egg bound... I,ve tried the warm water soaking 4 a half hour daily with no luck. my boyfreind …

Goats and skin problems 
I have 9 goats, some are oberhasli pure bred and others are black, a mix of nubian and something else. The oberhasli are sort of brown with some black …

Sudden Death in a Mother Ewe 
I live in California and have 7 sheep, 9 goats and 42 Guinea Hens. After just a few years of raising the sheep and goats I've learned some and unfortunately …

Chicken Diet Worries... 
Hello I had a question about feeding my chickens soybeans in there diet? Does it harm them if I feed soybeans and green peas in there diet because …

What's a Good Barn Layout? 
We have finally bought a homestead and will be moving there this spring. Lots to learn and do. I love this website. Just discovered it yesterday. …

Chickens and oak leaves 
Today I read a long list of chicken toxins and found oak leaves and acorns. We have an abundance of Quercus ruba and Quercus alba. I have been using the …

Can You Love a Chicken TOO Much? 
Hello, My housemate and I added two chickens to our family about 7 months ago. They were just little chicks. They are two amazing Road Island Reds. …

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How can I help my sick Rooster? 
A rooster showed up in my yard over a month ago, probably fell off a poultry truck. I have fed him and made a place for him in our old shed. 4 days ago …

Salt in chicken water? 
Meg, Can salt be added to chicken water to give a few degrees of freeze protection? I have read both that it is toxic and that it can be fed free choice. …

Australorp problem 
I have noticed a large lump on the chest of my 13 week old australorp hen.She does eat some and drink although not like the others her age.She has developed …

COCHINEAL to help egg shells stay hard 
Hi all, I was told today by a friend that her mother used to put cochineal (crushed beetles that make red food colouring) into the chickens water to make …

Will My Hens Mother Day-Olds? 
Question I have three mature hens and i want to bring in days old chicks, are the hens incline to nurture them or will they peck at them and perhaps …

Incubation Problem - They Die Half Way! 
I have been trying to hatch some eggs as an experiment for school. We had to build the incubator and hatch some chicks. Every-time I try the eggs …

Is it OK to Hatch Pullet's Eggs? 
My light sussex just started laying eggs they are fertile, (have a rooster). Should I wait till the hen is fully grown before I incubate the eggs? Will …

How Do You Deal with An Aggressive Rooster? 
Hello, this is my first post on this forum. I have recently moved to 2 acres in Healesville in Victoria, Australia. Lovely place for those who don't know …

Picky Pigs? 
We bought in some weaner piglets to grow up for pork and curing, and their diet is based on a commercial pig feed with supplementation from my garden (greens, …

Pregnancy Testing in female goats  
i have female goats. how can i know that the particular female goat is pregnant? is there any special instrument? MEG: ULTRASOUND IS ROUTINELY USED

Auto sexing with Rhode Island Red Hens? 
I have 10 purebred RIR Hens. There are lots of autosexing with RIR roosters. So my question is what roosters can I use with these RIR hens so I …

Do not force chickens to eat... 
I have read multiple lists of things that chickens should not eat and no two agree. When my chickens were free range there were several things in the …

Creep feeder for chicks 
Starter crumbles are too high in protein for layers and layer pellets are too high in calcium for chicks. A milk carton or 2X4 welded wire work fine …

Age or weight to move Faverolles to freezer 
Our first Faverolles fooled us. Looking at the roos, they were ready. We butchered one and after plucking he was way too small. We waited too long to do …

Chick Death. 
We have just adopted two chicks, one black and the other yellow (leghorn). The black one died today, suspected choke on too finer saw dust. The other chick …

What is the BEST all round Chicken Breed for Eggs and Meat? 
Hi Fab Farmers! I was wanting to know for a beginner what breed is the best to start with. I just like to have good brown eggs and the best fresh meat …

Housing to Separate Breeds of Chickens 
I'm looking for suggestions on coop/yard plans to keep the chicken breeds separate. We have a small farm I suppose you'd call it, in northern Calif. …

Lame Chicken with Curly Toe 
Hi! I have a chicken that has one of her feet that she is favoring. One of the toes is curling up. Can anyone tell me what that may be?

My 18 year old cows 
About 18 years ago our daughter brought home some calves from a feed lot where she was working. There were heifers and bull calves and all were born to …

Help! Rooster is Picking on 1 Hen! 
I have 1 rooster and 5 hens. The rooster has singled out 1 hen and every time she comes out of the chicken coup he attacks her and chases her back in. …

Dogs eating red clay??? 
We have 2 spayed females that have a clay lick in the front yard. They are fed free choice (after I pay for it) dry commercial dog feed plus anything …

Carnivores 
We breed Muscovy ducks and currently have around 150 ducklings aged between 2 weeks and 2 months. Over the past 2 days they have developed a nasty habit …

How do I Raise Meat Animals for Money? 
I want to start a farm with meat sheep and goats, pastured pigs and poultry. Anyone have any links, recommended info, or advice to share?

I've Started My Farm! 
I am just starting out I have one goat, 6 chickens and 12 rabbits.

Home Remedies for Sick Chickens 
Julie recently shared with me her considerable wisdom on home remedies for sick chickens. Here is her advice, in a nutshell: SICK CHOOK REMEDIES …

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A question about transporting chickens 
Help! We are moving from California to South Dakota in September. We have eight full grown chickens that we want to move with us. What is the best way …

Sick Chickens 
I have a sick hen and a sick rooster. They both are having a hard time "talking". The hen is lethargic. Rooster cant crow. I believe they have a respiratory …

Milk goats and beef calf 
I have question about raising beef cattle on goats' milk. I plan on getting dairy goats and a calf to house over the winter (will be indoors almost all …

Chickens - what should'nt they eat? 
Hi I am in England, Sheffield to be precise and just started keeping a few chickens for fun. I googled feeding chickens and got banana skins and citrus …

We started with six..then there was three.. 
We had three six month old and three one year old chickens. A couple of weeks ago one of the chicks decided to sit in the corner of the coop for four days …

Garlic and Honey Remedy for Sick Animals 
I have a honey and garlic mix which the older it is the better it is. I give it to my chooks if they seem unwell It hasn't been 100% helpful but I do …

Confining Goats and Free Range Pigs - Advice Needed Please! 
I have 7 goats (3 does, 1 buck, and 3 wethers) and 6 hens. All of which were given to me by neighbors who needed to get rid of them for one reason or another, …

Homeopathic therapeutics best solution for farm animal health 
Homeopathy takes a bit to learn, but well worth it. This is the nontoxic and inexpensive way to improve chronic health of flock/herd and deal with all …

Chicken Losses to Disease - Any Suggestions? 
Hi all We have had our worst year ever for chicken deaths from disease... Mareks Disease, Infectious Laryngo Tracheitis (ILT), one where they vomited …

Raising Chickens for Money 
Wife and I are on outskirts of metro area on a fairly busy road and am thinking about raising large chicken flocks for egg, baby chick and pullet sales. …

How to raise chickens from babies 
I have got small chicks, i would like to know when i can switch them from baby food to big chicken food. I'm new at this so all the advice i can get would …

Agriculturist in Sri Lanka 
I run a small farm in the western province of Sri Lanka and presently I have a few Jamunapari Goats, Pigs, Dairy Cattle, a German Shepherd Dog, a Rottweiler, …

How to care for a wounded Rooster?? 
Our pet rooster was attacked by a dog. There doesn't appear to be any broken bones. He has feathers missing on both sides under the wing area. He must've …

Curious 
What's the difference between egg laying hens and broilers.....I know broilers are for the table but can they lay eggs too? ????????

Baby ducks! NEED ADVICE!!! 
I just got 2 baby ducks for Easter, and I've never raised ducklings so i was mostly hoping for some food advice? What should I feed them and where do I …

Stick fast fleas (flies?) problem 
Fleas (or are they flies?) are on my chickens, especially around their combs and eyes! We have tried everything and can't get rid of them!!! What can we …

Oviduct Prolapse 
One of my chickens has, after doing some research, a prolapsed oviduct. I immediately separated her from the flock and have her in our house in a nice …

My silkie is sitting on eggs 
My black silkie chicken is sitting on 10 eggs. How many eggs can I expect to hatch?

What Sort of Rooster Is This Fella? 
This handsome fellow rules the roost at our place. Trouble is, we don't know what breed he is! Anyone out there able to enlighten us?

Low Cost Movable Chicken Run 
Hi. Any ideas on how to make a low cost movable chicken run so i can move my chickens to various areas in the garden. Thanks Lynn

Are My Little Chickens Boys or Girls??? 
Our frizzle chook 'twinkle' has had 11 chickens - they are almost 3 months of age...how can you tell which ones are roosters and which ones are hens? …

Burn barrel ashes? 
I have 10 hens (Barred Rocks and Golden Sex Links). They have a large fenced run. What would happen if we dump the burn barrel ashes in there? My thought …

How do you raise meat chickens???? 
Why can commercial meat chickens normally grow their table weight around 7 weeks? Small farm or back yard chickens to grow will take twice longer than …

How to put a broody hen with store-bought baby chicks 
How do I put a broody hen in with new store bought chicks so she can mother them without catastrophe? We have 5 hens - one of which is a broody buff …

Do You Put Garlic in Your Chicken's Water? 
I have just started keeping a few chickens in my garden & was told always to put a crushed garlic clove in their water bottle to keep off disease. Is this …

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Does Egg Dowsing Really Work? 
I'd like to know more about Egg Dowsing? How do you do it and does it really work to pick the boys from the girls at the egg stage? What sort of success …

Sex linked chicks 
I am looking for people who have actually and reliably produced sex link chicks. I breed and raise chickens mostly as a hobby, but do sell some eggs and …

Why Are My Chickens Dying? 
Every single of my Americana chickens get diseased or something and die. I give them clean water and food. I spend hours with them every day. What am I …

What is the BEST Egg Laying Chicken? 
Which is the most popular breed of chicken in India for egg production? Ajeet

How do you keep chickens safe from foxes Not rated yet
We have had many chickens killed by foxes over the years, but since we fox proofed our chicken pens, we have not lost any. What did we do? We added chicken …

Chickens  Not rated yet
We have 2 hens 1 has 2 chicks 1 wk old and 1 has 3 chicks 3wks old does any one need some chickens we have too many they were just adiment on setting. …

cristina Not rated yet
Hello, We have goats, sheep and Guinea hens. Every year most of our goat's coat don't look very good. I guess the winter coat changes to new coat and …

Shelter chicken Not rated yet
There's an animal shelter near me and I sometimes go there just to look around. The other day I went and there was this little black silkie. After inquiring …

Great ideas to use Water Hyacinths! Not rated yet
Florida has problems with water hyacinths. We discovered that our chickens love them when they were eating them from our koi pond. They grow so fast …

Chick Fruit Salad :) Not rated yet
Hi, incubator worked a treat to hatch these babies out. And the hygrometer has helped me sort out the problem with my RCom. Thanks for your help. Hope …

Aussie Mum on the Land Not rated yet
We live on a small rural property in the central tablelands of NSW. We have a Saanen x Boer milking goat & kids, Damara & Dorper sheep, pigs, turkeys, …

How to Trap Wild Bees from a Log Not rated yet
G'day Meg As I said a friend gave me this way of getting bees from a log. Attached are the photos. A lot of wild bee colonies settle where they aren't …

Looking after Baby Chicks Not rated yet
Hey everybody. I'm going to be getting (20) 1-day old chicks and I need advice to give them best care possible. I have raised chicks in the past when I …

Bar 12 Not rated yet
Presently I raise chickens, geese, peafowl and Tunis sheep. I prefer the rare or heritage breeds.

Any sex linking possible from a Rhode Island rooster? Not rated yet
Hi, have been perusing a few sites as i have an incubator and have been hatching a few eggs here and there for interest. I have a road island red rooster, …

Help Hatching Eggs Not rated yet
Hi Hoping you could help me as I am having trouble with hatching live chicks from our eggs. The incubator is an air movement type and we have checked …

DIY Remedies at No Extra Cost! Not rated yet
Grocery aisles are sure destinations to every household need but have you ever asked yourself what could already be in your kitchen cabinet that can be …

Sustainability in Permaculture Not rated yet
The hype of "going green" campaigns of different non-profit organizations is not just a useless fad. The aim of environmental campaigns is to preserve …

Feather loss and soft shell eggs Not rated yet
We started with 3 chickens a year ago, different breeds, two of them quite large, the third a little Goldline. All was ok until last winter which in England …

Still Waiting For My Young Hens to Lay!!! Not rated yet
When will chicks hatched in March start laying eggs? MEG: Pullets will normally begin laying between 16 and 30 weeks old depending on how well grown

How to Sex Baby Chickens? Not rated yet
Hello, We have 26 chickens on our 1 acre block, and would like to when they are older as they are only 18 weeks at the moment, breed one with a roster. …

Pros and cons of Vaccination in poultry  Not rated yet
Hi guys, i just have a question for you about getting baby chicks and ducks immunised? is it enough for them to just have starter crumble and grower pellets? …

Is this chick Sex linked or not???? Not rated yet
Hope someone can help me work this out! I crossed a Blk Link female with an Americana (white with blk tail feathers) received a full blue chick with …

Vets prescription now needed for US farm animal antibiotics Not rated yet
This is from a friend of mine "Roger Hamilton" Thanks Roger................ U.S. Tightens Rules on Antibiotics Use for LivestockBy GARDINER HARRIS …

SHEEP AND TREES Not rated yet
Someone had a question about sheep and if they would bother the trees. I tried to respond last weekend but there was a glitch in the system and my comments …

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Can Premmie Chicks Survive? Not rated yet
One of my students wondered if a chick or other bird might be able to live if it hatched early for some reason (for example, if the shell broke or someone …

Happy Hen Free Range Eggs Not rated yet
We are currently building and establishing our free-range egg facility and are hoping to use as little formulated feeds as possible, eventually (ideally) …

The New Puppy Not rated yet
It was my tenth birthday and I asked my dad can I please have a animal of my own because I knew i would look after it myself as i look after all the other …

Cocchineal for eggs and fostering orphan chicks Not rated yet
Hi, I have 8 Isa brown hens, mostly aged birds. The fox keeps popping in and takes one or two so today I am getting quotes for a safer run when I let them …

Pasture Feeding Chickens Not rated yet
TEMPERATE but adaptable to ALL AREAS Everything in this article is specific to our location, SW MO, USA and our stock, Salmon Faverolles. The weather …

What breed of Chooks should I get? Not rated yet
Hello, I live in Glen Forrest on a half acre block and my family (5 y & 2 and a half yr old girls) would love to have some chickens. I've been doing …

What Wattage Heater is Best for Brooding Chicks? Not rated yet
How do i know what wattage ceramic lamp I need for chickens.... What temperature do they need ? Help please.... MEG: THESE CERAMIC GLOBES GIVE

Pig Villa Farm Not rated yet
i am small scale farmer keeping pigs and chickens - both hatching and meat chickens. i would like to learn more.

Best Breed of Laying Chicken for a Family? Not rated yet
Hello, I'm looking to choose a breed of chicken suitable for our backyard. We are looking for child friendly (we have 3 and 5yr old boys), decent laying …

Is our future our past? Not rated yet
Hi all, recently I had a story published on the Transition Voice and Energy Bulletin websites titled Is our Future our Past. I talk about the demise of …

Owner finance - 30 acres 2 homes Not rated yet
Owner Finance -30 acres with a nice home and a smaller nice cabin, huge pond/lake stocked, huge bass. Barns, fenced pasture, garden spot, deer and wildlife. …

Why Did My Hen Not Lay Today? Is She SICK! Not rated yet
I have 2 "girls" (hens) that are my pets. They usually lay every day, but today, Dickory didn't give me an egg. Is she ill? Her appetite is great and …

Goats Not rated yet
I live in Negombo, Srilanka. I have a few goats of my own, one of that is a Jamunapari male goat. All female goats I have are normal goats. I am seeking …

Sexing Americana chickens Not rated yet
Hi, I am interested in learning how to tell a male americana chicken from a female. We bought our birds from the Tractor Supply Corp. and they came unsexed. …

Will chickens eat peppers off a pepper tree???  Not rated yet
I wanted to put my chook run around my pepper tree (pepper not capsicum) - Will they take a liking to the berry when in season??? And is it safe? MEG:

Farm animals Not rated yet
Thank you for your article about farm animals, I am gathering information about animals including farm animals in my site http://www.animalsguild.com …

Pecking in chickens Not rated yet
Help, my chickens are pecking each other! They have food, water and a nice living space. I had them together - 50 in a coop size of 14ft by 14ft with outside …

New Yahoo Group I'm starting!! Not rated yet
If you have a love for poultry like i do please help me get this up and running by visiting it! http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/hilltopflock/ Thanks …

MR GREENJEANS Not rated yet
I JUST HAVE A QUESTION. ME AND MY FAMILY HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALOT IN THE LAST 4YRS. WE LIVED WITHOUT HEAT IN ONE OF OUR COLDEST WINTERS. WE COULDN'T PAY …

Stickfast Flea Remedy; How Do You Kill Guildford Grass? Not rated yet
For stickfast fleas on the chickens' combs, smear the combs with vaseline. While I'm here any suggestions on how to get rid of guildford grass?

Fun Contest Open to All for Naming The Rooster Mascot Not rated yet
Probably many people who use this site know of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA. A primary goal and role for APHIS …

Funky Way to Deal with Rooster Spurs Not rated yet
We cap them with valve stem caps and super glue(gel). The silver looks pretty, he can still hit with them but his spurs won't cut. My boys love to play …

sick sleepy chicken Not rated yet
Hi I've had some chickens die this year but I live in Northern Alberta (cold dry winter this year) and the chooks have just gone onto pasture - my front …

Sick Chooks Not rated yet
In relation to the sick chooks...I'm wondering about infectious coryza...as the name states, it is an infectious disease where the chicken becomes ill …

Just got the newest members to our farm ... piglets! Not rated yet
I was raised on the farm from the time I was about 6. Although it was strange moving from the inner city out to places without paved roads, there was something …

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thanks Not rated yet
appreciate the info. We are leaning towards Rhode Island Reds for cooking eggs, hatching eggs, day-old and 6 week old pullets. Roosters - 8-12week …

A lovely rooster Not rated yet
Just wondering if anyone has had this experience. I have this Pekin Rooster. He is a real character. The kids bring him in the house and can even sit …

Steven French Not rated yet
Hi guys, your rooster looks like a Light Sussex cross. I have Light Sussex but your man doesn't appear to be a pure bred. He should still breed good table …

Interested in getting started with farm animals?? Not rated yet
It can be very scary getting started with a large animal such as a cow. I grew up on a ranch in Wyoming and have handled farm animals since I was a child. …

Sustainability Defined: Ocean-Caught vs. Farmed Fish Not rated yet
We all agree that abuse of our environment is not sustainable. But, when you’re buying food—namely seafood--what qualifies as sustainable? Contrast …

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