Questions tagged [chickens]

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

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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 with 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? Best way to do ...
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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 ...