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May 30, 2012

baby chicks on starter

Question How long should i feed chick starter? Answer Answer: How long you feed chick start depends on the feed and the breed. Some are specifically

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May 24, 2012

Cream Legbar

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Cream Legbar is an unusual crested chicken breed developed in England almost 100 years ago and brought to the US in 2011 to help maintain and share this valuable breed.

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May 22, 2012

Water and Sugar for Chickens

Question: We have heard from other growers and farmers that if we put sugar in the water it gives the chickens energy is this true? Doing this, can

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May 22, 2012

Rooster and hen health

Question Rooster and hen health: Chicken health: I have twenty roosters and 15 hens. All are healthy until 4 days ago. He is a Bluface Hatch (game

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May 22, 2012

URGENT Can mother hen brood the chicks?

Question We are new chicken keepers. We bought two fertilized eggs to put under our broody hen. One of the eggs hatched yesterday. The surrogate mum

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May 22, 2012

Chicken balanced health

Question Chicken balanced health: Buff Orphington about 2 years old; the last few weeks her ankles and top of the foot and a few toes have become bright

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May 22, 2012

Hen with swollen abdomen

Question: Hen with swollen abdomen. I have a Blue Andalusian hen, Blackie, who will be 4 yrs old this March (if she lives that long). I have her and

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May 22, 2012

What is the Best Chicken Feed

The make up of most layer feeds is a combination of crushed and processed seeds with an average of 16% protein, some form of fat, plant fiber and added vitamins and minerals

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May 21, 2012

Chicken Combs With Frost Bite

A droopy comb can be a result of decreased blood flow. The blood is flowing to other more vital parts of the body. Frost bite can result

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May 21, 2012

Miscellaneous Chicken Egg Questions

How does a salmonella infected chicken produce salmonella infected eggs? First off there are many different strands of salmonella

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May 21, 2012

Chicken Eye Problems

Chicken blindness can be caused by vitamin deficiencies, which can lead to infections, diseaseand major physical dysfunctions. Some blindness is hereitary

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May 21, 2012

Chicken Molting

The hen could be starting to molt. They can look pretty mangy when they molt. Feeding some extra protein will make the process easier for the hen

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May 21, 2012

Chicken Mites Can Cause Feather Loss

I would check for parasites. Sometimes lice, fleas, or mites can irritate skin and cause over grooming and feather pulling to try and relieve the discomfort

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May 21, 2012

Eggs Don't Hatch

There are many reasons eggs don't hatch. the most common is the eggs were infertile

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May 21, 2012

No Chicken Eggs

Sometimes a chicken will try to lay an egg without a hard shell.This can be due to a calcium deficiency

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May 21, 2012

Hen sets on all eggs

Question Hen sets on all eggs: We have 7 Barred Rock hens in a caged area with a coop atop. We get about 5 average eggs daily, even through the winter.

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May 21, 2012

Ammonia Smelling Eggs

I have stumbled upon this page and noticed some chicken eggs I have eaten have a strange taste and smell

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May 21, 2012

Chickens Eating Their Eggs

I noticed that my hen has been eating her own eggs, I am concerned, what can be done

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May 21, 2012

Onagadori Means “Long-Tailed Chicken”, in Japanese, also “Honorable Chicken”

The Onagadori is an ancient breed dating back to the 1600’s. It’s believed the breed was developed from another long-tailed Japanese chicken, the Shokoko, and originated in the Kochi Prefecture of Ja

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May 21, 2012

The Sebright Chicken is a breed named for Sir John Saunders Sebright

the Sebright chicken is going strong and is the most popular bantam breed, which makes competition stiff. Sebrights were quickly admitted into show standards

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May 20, 2012

Heritage Chicken

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May 20, 2012

Best laying chickens: Which Are The Best

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May 20, 2012

Raising Chickens in Your Backyard: Great Idea or Big Mistake?

You might have a great and undiscovered talent for raising chickens in your backyard. Making sure it’s legal to own chickens where you live is the first step in not making a big mistake.

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May 20, 2012

Sex Link Chickens are not an Actual Breed

Sex link chickens are becoming more and more common as the need for efficiency in the commercial poultry industry demands ways to maximize profits. A Sex-link is not an actual breed

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May 20, 2012

The Comet Chicken was Developed as a Commercial Dual Purpose Cross Breed

The Golden Comet Chicken is one of the most common commercial layers of large brown eggs. Hens mature and lay early producing many eggs in their first 2 years. Such high egg production leads

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May 20, 2012

The Scots Grey Chicken, Once Known as the Scotch Grey, is not Grey

History proves the existence of the Scots Grey Chicken developed for Scottish dual purpose farm life, by at least the 16th Century. This upright breed is hardy and active

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May 20, 2012

The Scots Dumpy Chicken has its ancient roots in Scotland’s landrace chickens

Scots Dumpy Chicken has long been favored for its unique look and funny duck-like waddle gait. Due to such short little legs the breed is easy on the garden being less able to scratch deep

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May 20, 2012

The Marsh Daisy Chicken is a Strikingly Beautiful Chicken

The Marsh Daisy Chicken is a strikingly beautiful chicken that is struggling to stay with us after more than a century in the English countryside. It has been described as heavy, but small

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May 20, 2012

Derbyshire Redcap Chicken, also known as Coral, is a true native English Breed

Derbyshire Redcap Chicken, also known as “Coral”, is a true native English chicken breed. It was developed in the English countryside, in the county of Derbyshire and has been popular and noted in li

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May 20, 2012

Olandsk Dwarf Chicken is a true bantam.

Olandsk Dwarf Chicken is a true bantam. They are very calm in comparison to many hyper little chicken breeds. The breed had diminished near extinction with dwindling numbers in their home range,

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May 20, 2012

Swedish Flower Hen is also known as the "Flower Hen" in Sweden

Swedish Flower Hen: Skansk Blommehons is also known as the "Flower Hen" in Sweden - as its spots look like flowers. This is the largest Swedish chicken breed and hails from Skane, Sweden.

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May 20, 2012

Hedemora Chicken is a landrace chicken with no single standard

This winter hardy Hedemora Chicken has much variety including colors of grays, blacks, browns, and whites. Some have almost fur like feathers. Dark shanks and diminished combs and wattles

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May 20, 2012

The Schweizer Chicken, German for “Swiss”

The Schweizer Chicken, German for “Swiss”, has been popular in the German speaking regions of Switzerland. It is a large white chicken with bright red comb, wattles and lobes. Designed for life in th

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May 20, 2012

Basque Hen: From The Basque Region has a Unique Culture and Language All its Own

Basque Hen includes: Marraduna – a gently gold and silver barred rooster with a sweetly speckled golden cream hen, Beltza – a deep mahogany, Gorria - a bright red with green iridescent tail

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May 19, 2012

Bresse Chicken: This Large Chicken Breed has a 500 Year History

French purists insist that the only true Bresse is raised on French soil. With respect to that tradition, the American Bresse chicken has been hatched on US soil

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May 19, 2012

The Philippine Native Chicken is also known by the name: Darag.

The Philippine Native Chicken is also known by the name: Darag. To those with a sensitive pallet for poultry, the Darag seems to have a unique flavor far above common commercially bred and raised

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May 19, 2012

The Aseel Chicken is an Ancient Breed. It has its Origins in India and Pakistan

The Aseel Chicken is an ancient breed. It has its origins in India and Pakistan near South Punjab as long ago as 1200-900 B.C., but has spread through the world and been foundation stock for several

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May 19, 2012

The Norwegian Jaerhone, is a breed of chicken developed in the 1920s

The Norwegian Jaerhone, is a breed of chicken developed in the 1920s. Breeding stock was made up of available local breeds near Stavanger, Norway. This is the South Atlantic coastal region of Norway

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May 19, 2012

The North Holland Blue is a rare breed little known outside Holland

he North Holland Blue is a rare breed little known outside Holland and the UK as we embark on the 21st century. They are only Cuckoo patterned with similarities to Cuckoo Marans and share a common

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May 19, 2012

The Saipan Jungle Fowl is a Domestic Chicken From Marianas Archipelago, Saipan,

The Saipan Jungle Fowl is a large, long-lived, slow maturing breed with roosters 2 – 3 feet tall. He is gamey with close feathering and little down. His saddle, sickle and tail feathers

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May 19, 2012

Malaysian Ayam Serama Chicken: The smallest Chicken in the World

The smallest chicken in the world is the Malaysian Ayam Serama Chicken; aka ayam cantik = pretty chicken, or ayam katik = pygmy chicken; and further described as brave warrior

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May 19, 2012

The Ogye a Little Korean Chicken

This little Korean chicken, the Ogye, is beautiful, rare, ancient and unusual. Its history dates back to Middle Ages and it’s one of a few all black chickens with black comb, wattles, beak, lobes, ey

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May 19, 2012

The Jangmigye is a Breed of Long-Tail Fowl

The Jangmigye is a breed of long-tail fowl that originated in the Mahan Confederacy region of ancient Korea. Modern North Korea lines the shore of the eastern-most border of China. Korea is between

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May 19, 2012

Gangwon-Jaeraedak: The little Korean chicken

Gangwon-Jaeraedak: This little Korean chicken is big on names and short on info. It’s also known as the Korean Native Chicken, Cafe-Jaeraedak, Samcheok-Jaeraedak, and Donghae-Jaeraedak.

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May 19, 2012

The Satsumadori Chicken or Kagoshima Game is a Large Pit-Game Long-Tail

The Satsumadori Chicken or Kagoshima Game is a large pit-game long-tail. The rooster’s spurs are heavy and he’s ready to fight, something bred into him for many centuries, though not a common activ

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May 19, 2012

The Minohiki Chicken claim is in his name, which is Japanese for: “SaddleDragger

The Minohiki Chicken claim to fame is in his name, which is Japanese for: “SaddleDragger”. It’s believed that in the development of Long-tails, modified genetic codes increased feather numbers

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May 19, 2012

The Shokoku Chicken is Possibly the Ancestor of all Long-Tails

The Shokoku Chicken is possibly the ancestor of all Long-tails, though some Dna testing leans more towards the Totenko and Onagadori. Currently the breed is alive and well with a long

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May 19, 2012

The modern Yokohama Chicken, an ornamental long-tailed European breed,

The modern Yokohama chicken, an ornamental long-tailed European breed, has similarities to the German Phoenix. The two breeds share Japanese long-tailed ancestry and once were considered the same bre

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May 19, 2012

The Totenko Chicken is a Long-Crowing Long-Tailed Japanese Chicken

he Totenko chicken is a long-crowing long-tailed Japanese chicken. To the untrained eye it would be easy to confuse Totenko with the German Phoenix as they have very similar type and origin.

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