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The domesticated fowl known as a chicken. Chickens are omnivores and often scratch the soil to find seeds, insects, etc.

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Trick to feed chicken and not neighborhood's pigeons?

How can one feed 4 chicken in a small garden, without having the pigeons off the neighborhood stealing most of their food? The only solutions which have worked so far have been to sit with them while ...
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Why is this chicken getting sores on here face?

We noticed that one of our chickens is getting pretty nasty looking sores on her face (photos below). Does anyone have any idea what could be causing them? For background: we live in the high desert, ...
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White hard residue on hen beak

3 of my BlackRock have some white hardish substance on their beak. It also seems that they might have lost a bit of weight and some weird and lay eggs with some strange marks on them. I have tried ...
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"Unknown" Sickness of my rooster

My rooster presents some symptoms: weakness in legs, he has (I suppose) plantar pododermatitis that seems to be advanced because I notice swelling and cracks, he also shows drowsiness and no longer ...
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What do I need to do to make a former chicken run a child-safe part of my garden?

We have 6 chickens in an outdoor covered run in our garden, and have had for around 3 years. We are planning to relocate them and would like to reclaim this area as part of our garden, safe for young ...
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What can be done to stop roosters from crowing all day and night?

Our neighbor's backyard is almost directly adjacent to ours. He's put up a few pens with chickens and also has at least 2 (but maybe as many as 4, judging by the sounds) roosters. In an urban ...
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Lethargic hen with yellow poop

I've noticed an unusually lethargic hen this morning, she's even allowed me to pick her up which is incredibly rare for her. Looking around I've noticed some pretty awful looking yellow poop which I ...
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Will a single chicken ruin my lawn?

I was thinking of adopting one ex-battery hen. She is to be a pet chicken. I live on 700 m2, however, she would be kept in the back yard where I have two large patches of grass and the rest is ...
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Rooster acts differently from hens when directly fed

So whenever I go to check on my chickens I always bring some treats for them. I usually give them turnips, etc. and I feed them by hand. Now, the hens come running for the food, but the rooster always ...
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Rooster seemingly not protecting chickens

So I recently got chickens and I wanted to test if the rooster would protect the hens. I let the chickens go free range and I started chasing them; the rooster went in the opposite direction of the ...
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Can I use this sand as bedding for chicks?

I've got some chicks around 11 days old. I am facing trouble with the bedding in the brooder. I've tried using paper towels, but they get wet and shredded within hours. Now considering using sand that ...
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One of my baby chicks looks like it is going to die...what should I do?

I have 10 chicks. They are all hens. But one of them is weak and is always sleeping under the food and doesn't eat like the others. What should I do? I would hate to see her die so soon... Please help!...
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Fragile, bumpy chicken eggs

We've got 4 chickens in the garden and 3 of them lay wonderful eggs. The 4th, a light Sussex, lays quite strange eggs. They're quite big but the shell is incredibly fragile and bumpy too. They're not ...
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Chickens in the rain

We’ve left our five-month-old-ish chickens outside in the rain. They don’t appear to want to go back to the shelter of the coop, and they aren’t huddling under trees, or anything, just rooting around ...
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How much should chickens be fed?

We’ve recently acquired four six-month-old chickens, and my question is: how much food and water will they need every day? I’ve heard (albeit not from a particularly reputable source) that sometimes ...
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Food for one month old backyard chickens

I have some one-month old backyard chickens, can I give them rice and soaked bread to eat? If not, is there any specific food?
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What can I use to crush peas

I own a few fowls (around 50) and started mixing cereals, corn and dry legumes a few weeks ago. Although I was able to get hold of a good load of peas, it is unfortunately uncrushed: I was told that ...
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Do guinea fowl chicken crosses lay eggs?

Chickens and guinea fowls will cross breed, but the young are sterile. Question - do the females lay eggs?
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Hens and no rooster: what happens to hens and their unfertilized eggs?

I looked for the answer, but didn't manage to get clear information. If I have a bunch of hens, but no rooster, hens will lay unfertilized eggs (as far as I know). From what I read, hens will brood ...
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My dog tries to eat my chickens and fights with my cat

I have a 5 months old, female German Shepherd that tries to eat or play very hard with my chickens. I have this dog for a week and he is always inside my house because my chickens are around the house....
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How Can I Get My Chickens to Integrate Into One Flock?

Our flock has been through a lot of changes. We lost two of our oldest birds in late winter. This left us with 1 chicken and chickens don't like to be alone. We bought two pullets, separated the run ...
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My baby chickens are screaming and not eating normal food

So,I got a pair of baby chickens.They are not too small though, they have beautiful yellow feathers and flap their wings, occasionally sitting on my leg. When we got them,the guy gave us some special ...
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What problems does inbreeding in chickens cause?

I have a big farm (without animals so far) and want to get chickens. They can run freely in the farmyard and the garden, having approx. 1500 m² with grassland, sand, a dunghill and copse. I'd like to ...
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Blind disease in Hens

It's rainy season here. The hens and cocks are affected by a type of disease in the eyes. The eyes remain closed and swollen. The hens remain motionless and eventually die. It is spreading to other ...
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Reverse a debeaked hen?

I have just purchased two young hens to add to my free range flock of 5. Unfortunately, they were debeaked. How do I reverse that? Trim the lower beak until it is shorter than the top? What is the ...
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Putting eggs under a broody hen

We're getting some eggs in a couple of days to put under our broody hen - is there anything we need to be aware of?
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Methods of breaking Chicken Boredom

I have 7 beautiful chickens, in the coop there is a place for a mud bath and they have logs in the corner, my hens and cockerel only dogs and scraps when I do a bit of gardening (flip and crumble the ...
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What should the hen to rooster ratio be in a backyard chicken coop?

I want get some chickens, my local municipality does classify them as allowable pets. There are no restrictions for 'small' groups of chickens. Like any pet there are a lot of considerations when ...
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What are the negative effects of debeaking a chicken?

One of my male chickens loves making trouble and gets into fight with the other gentle male chicken almost all the time. An article I read said in this type of cases debeaking the stubborn male is a ...
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How can I make two chicken mothers eat peacefully?

Two of my chickens just hatched their eggs and I noticed since then that whenever I call them to give all of them food, two of the chicken mothers start fighting for where to eat. I didn't worry ...
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How do I make my chicken overcome his fears?

My new chicken was formerly living with my uncle before I adopted him. According to what my uncle told me, the chicken once experienced another chicken being killed with a knife. Since then this ...
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How much dominance is expected from two male chickens of different breeds?

I have 7 female and 2 male chickens. The females are Leghorn. One male is Leghorn, but the other is a Plymouth Rock. The 2 males fight for everything: food, water, and mostly to mate the females. ...
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How can I protect my chickens' eggs from snakes?

Snakes used to attack the eggs my chickens laid. We've tried to kill or chase away the snake; we finally killed the snake through baiting with a poisoned egg. We sold some chickens to reduce their ...
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Can I give human medicine to chickens? [duplicate]

My dad used to medicate our non-livestock chickens with human drugs by dosing their water supply. We have medicated using ampicillin, vitamin C capsules, and sometimes multivitamins. The chickens ...
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How can I keep vermin out of outdoor pen or enclosure?

I've got 5 chickens who all live in a pen that is being attacked by rats. The rats keep burrowing under the walls of the pen and it would be impractical for me to brick it up to keep them out. What's ...
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