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  1. Gamebirds
    I came home 3 days ago and a Red Legged Partridge was 'waiting' outside our duck pen. She had about 10 chicks with her. They were so tiny. I think they were hatched the same day. Then I left them alone. Today we came home to find her outside out back door and she all the chicks under her wings...
  2. Emergencies, Illness, Meds & Cures
    I have a baby chick that hatched Saturday (12-19-16) with only one leg. The other leg is a stump that ends at the "elbow", with a deformed sort of foot (see pic attached). So far she seems to be doing ok and I've decided to give her a trial before I decide to cull her. In fact, she's already...
  3. Introductions
    Hi everyone! We just moved to Iowa looking at small towns around the Des Moines area to live. I am finding unless we are out of city limits these small towns are not chicken friendly. Though I am told if we live in Des Moines we probably would be able to have chickens. Once we buy a place we are...
  4. Waterfowl
    I have an 8 month old roeun hen. She began to lay an egg every day in the summer. About a month ago when it turned cold all of my chickens and the two ducks stopped laying. All of the birds began to lay eggs again normally about two weeks ago. Except this duck. Now I've noticed her sitting in a...
  5. Beginners Forum
    So I am new to chickens. I have a very lovely coop in a big 8ft sq run. They get good food, treat scraps/ grass and appropriate worming. I raised four mixed bantam chicks this summer. Ended up two hens two roosters. A month ago, my rhode red mix roo was dead in the coop with injuries to the...
  6. Broody Hens & Egg Laying
    I'm newish to raising hens. I have a mix of 6 girls. they are older not sure exactly as they have been rescued. All were laying. then 3 went broody. i took advice and put them into wire mesh dog type crates, some where cool for 4 days. This broke 2 of them but the 3rd just went back to the...
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