Poultry, Domestic Livestock, Pets, & Bees

Caring for and growing animals - includes poultry (chickens, ducks, quail, etc); family pets (dogs, cats, birds, etc); bees, and more!

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  1. Ray Speed

    Two new hives on the property

    I read recently that with this drought, the suggestion was to provide a bird waterer with water close to the hives. Having the water source close means the bees don't waste energy flying through...
    I read recently that with this drought, the suggestion was to provide a bird waterer with water close to the hives. Having the water source close means the bees don't waste energy flying through hot days and dry air. The bees line up all around the edges of the bird waterer but having flat...
    I read recently that with this drought, the suggestion was to provide a bird waterer with water close to the hives. Having the water source close means the bees don't waste energy flying through hot days and dry air. The bees line up all around...
    I read recently that with this drought, the suggestion was to provide a bird waterer with water close to the hives. Having the water source close means the bees don't waste energy flying through...
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  2. Rachel

    What predator does this?

    Hi Rachel, welcome. You live in a beautiful neck of the woods. I went there once to a property that sat on a high cliff overlooking the river. But I guess right now it might also be very fire...
    Hi Rachel, welcome. You live in a beautiful neck of the woods. I went there once to a property that sat on a high cliff overlooking the river. But I guess right now it might also be very fire prone? Your predator is probably a hawk that took the pigeon in flight. Afterall your region isn't...
    Hi Rachel, welcome. You live in a beautiful neck of the woods. I went there once to a property that sat on a high cliff overlooking the river. But I guess right now it might also be very fire prone? Your predator is probably a hawk that took the...
    Hi Rachel, welcome. You live in a beautiful neck of the woods. I went there once to a property that sat on a high cliff overlooking the river. But I guess right now it might also be very fire...
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  3. Owlonthewing

    Hatching Quail

    Hello again, We are hatching quail in the incubator. One hatched yesterday and today we have quite a few more. How much longer can I wait before moving them from the incubator. I don't want to...
    Hello again, We are hatching quail in the incubator. One hatched yesterday and today we have quite a few more. How much longer can I wait before moving them from the incubator. I don't want to open it if there is still more to hatch but on the other hand these little guys will surely need water...
    Hello again, We are hatching quail in the incubator. One hatched yesterday and today we have quite a few more. How much longer can I wait before moving them from the incubator. I don't want to open it if there is still more to hatch but on the...
    Hello again, We are hatching quail in the incubator. One hatched yesterday and today we have quite a few more. How much longer can I wait before moving them from the incubator. I don't want to...
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  4. stevo

    Native Bees & Splitting Native Bee Hives

    Just found your posts re native bees and would like to know of anyone who may like to sell one for our garden , I just love the little critters they are certainly having a ball at the moment just...
    Just found your posts re native bees and would like to know of anyone who may like to sell one for our garden , I just love the little critters they are certainly having a ball at the moment just not sure how far they are traveling to get here so would like to have a hive nearby , not interested...
    Just found your posts re native bees and would like to know of anyone who may like to sell one for our garden , I just love the little critters they are certainly having a ball at the moment just not sure how far they are traveling to get here so...
    Just found your posts re native bees and would like to know of anyone who may like to sell one for our garden , I just love the little critters they are certainly having a ball at the moment just...

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  5. Perry

    Question HONEY BEES

    I would wait until you see some queen cells because you can then do a split and still have plenty left (pollen, honey, brood etc) in the original hive.
    I would wait until you see some queen cells because you can then do a split and still have plenty left (pollen, honey, brood etc) in the original hive.
    I would wait until you see some queen cells because you can then do a split and still have plenty left (pollen, honey, brood etc) in the original hive.
    I would wait until you see some queen cells because you can then do a split and still have plenty left (pollen, honey, brood etc) in the original hive.
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  6. Alma Jean

    Question How to build a 4 yard rotation natural habit for quail

    Wow what fantastic ideas. I might try some myself.
    Wow what fantastic ideas. I might try some myself.
    Wow what fantastic ideas. I might try some myself.
    Wow what fantastic ideas. I might try some myself.

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  7. Ray Speed

    Brahma Babies

    Well apart from supplying meat and eggs, the Brahma flock is pumping out the babies These are the next generation coming up :) so so cute
    Well apart from supplying meat and eggs, the Brahma flock is pumping out the babies These are the next generation coming up :) so so cute
    Well apart from supplying meat and eggs, the Brahma flock is pumping out the babies These are the next generation coming up :) so so cute
    Well apart from supplying meat and eggs, the Brahma flock is pumping out the babies These are the next generation coming up :) so so cute
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  8. Mark

    How to stop chicken eating her own eggs?

    Get one of those fake dummy eggs and drop it into the flock. They all go to check it out and find it is something they can't eat. Do this a few times here and there over time to reinforce the...
    Get one of those fake dummy eggs and drop it into the flock. They all go to check it out and find it is something they can't eat. Do this a few times here and there over time to reinforce the idea. I found this worked for me.
    Get one of those fake dummy eggs and drop it into the flock. They all go to check it out and find it is something they can't eat. Do this a few times here and there over time to reinforce the idea. I found this worked for me.
    Get one of those fake dummy eggs and drop it into the flock. They all go to check it out and find it is something they can't eat. Do this a few times here and there over time to reinforce the...
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  9. Ray Speed

    The girls are starting to pump,

    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
    we are just waiting for our blue to come :)
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  10. Mel b.

    Question Incubator JN4-48

    Hi, I'm new to this site, so sorry if this has already been covered. I just got an incubator JN4-48. I have been searching on line for the instruction manual. So far I have not been able to find...
    Hi, I'm new to this site, so sorry if this has already been covered. I just got an incubator JN4-48. I have been searching on line for the instruction manual. So far I have not been able to find it. Can anyone help? Many thanks.
    Hi, I'm new to this site, so sorry if this has already been covered. I just got an incubator JN4-48. I have been searching on line for the instruction manual. So far I have not been able to find it. Can anyone help? Many thanks.
    Hi, I'm new to this site, so sorry if this has already been covered. I just got an incubator JN4-48. I have been searching on line for the instruction manual. So far I have not been able to find...
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  11. stevo

    Question Do Jumbo Quail, or similar Quail make much noise?

    Can you have more than 5 females to one male? and would that ratio be enough for a suburban back yard ... for like 2 people?
    Can you have more than 5 females to one male? and would that ratio be enough for a suburban back yard ... for like 2 people?
    Can you have more than 5 females to one male? and would that ratio be enough for a suburban back yard ... for like 2 people?
    Can you have more than 5 females to one male? and would that ratio be enough for a suburban back yard ... for like 2 people?
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  12. Wayland.

    Modern Bee Keeping.

    Thanks for the link! They do look nice. I'll have to try one in the years to come. See if they can survive our winters. Marty
    Thanks for the link! They do look nice. I'll have to try one in the years to come. See if they can survive our winters. Marty
    Thanks for the link! They do look nice. I'll have to try one in the years to come. See if they can survive our winters. Marty
    Thanks for the link! They do look nice. I'll have to try one in the years to come. See if they can survive our winters. Marty
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  13. ClissAT

    Kenyan Top Bar bee hives

    This wiki info about top bar hives is quite informative.
    This wiki info about top bar hives is quite informative.
    This wiki info about top bar hives is quite informative.
    This wiki info about top bar hives is quite informative.

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  14. MariaGatti

    Black soldier fly small farm

    Hi Maria and welcome. Well having a soldier fly farm is certainly different although not unheard of because they do a fine job of helping with wet compost. As for controlling their development...
    Hi Maria and welcome. Well having a soldier fly farm is certainly different although not unheard of because they do a fine job of helping with wet compost. As for controlling their development stages, I think only trial and error will help you there. They grow and breed really well in wet...
    Hi Maria and welcome. Well having a soldier fly farm is certainly different although not unheard of because they do a fine job of helping with wet compost. As for controlling their development stages, I think only trial and error will help you...
    Hi Maria and welcome. Well having a soldier fly farm is certainly different although not unheard of because they do a fine job of helping with wet compost. As for controlling their development...
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  15. Mariette

    Incubator Chinese No name JN 48 Manual

    I got one of the 48 egg turners for Christmas and am just now going to use it. I think my temp and humidity are fine, but it does not look like my egg turner is working. Is this a quick and...
    I got one of the 48 egg turners for Christmas and am just now going to use it. I think my temp and humidity are fine, but it does not look like my egg turner is working. Is this a quick and obvious motion, or is this a very slow turning process that I would notice it at exactly the 2 hour...
    I got one of the 48 egg turners for Christmas and am just now going to use it. I think my temp and humidity are fine, but it does not look like my egg turner is working. Is this a quick and obvious motion, or is this a very slow turning process...
    I got one of the 48 egg turners for Christmas and am just now going to use it. I think my temp and humidity are fine, but it does not look like my egg turner is working. Is this a quick and...

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  16. Ray Speed

    22 New Brahma Chooks

    Hey MArk indeed they are a large breed, they will be our meat birds as we move forward, we are lucky to have a close friend that breeds heritage chooks and she spins off all her unwanted roosters,...
    Hey MArk indeed they are a large breed, they will be our meat birds as we move forward, we are lucky to have a close friend that breeds heritage chooks and she spins off all her unwanted roosters, so currently there are 13 wheatons in with the Brahma flock fattening up :)
    Hey MArk indeed they are a large breed, they will be our meat birds as we move forward, we are lucky to have a close friend that breeds heritage chooks and she spins off all her unwanted roosters, so currently there are 13 wheatons in with the...
    Hey MArk indeed they are a large breed, they will be our meat birds as we move forward, we are lucky to have a close friend that breeds heritage chooks and she spins off all her unwanted roosters,...
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  17. Ray Speed

    16 new girls today!!!!!!!!!!!!

    we have a brahma flock and a few larger breeds and between them and the goats they are poop machines, every week we are adding to the beds some great fertilizer :) so we are seriously into our...
    we have a brahma flock and a few larger breeds and between them and the goats they are poop machines, every week we are adding to the beds some great fertilizer :) so we are seriously into our ****e as well lol
    we have a brahma flock and a few larger breeds and between them and the goats they are poop machines, every week we are adding to the beds some great fertilizer :) so we are seriously into our ****e as well lol
    we have a brahma flock and a few larger breeds and between them and the goats they are poop machines, every week we are adding to the beds some great fertilizer :) so we are seriously into our...
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  18. Ray Speed

    New French Feathered Leg Cuckoo Maran Rooster and others

    The New boy is a French Cuckoo Maran rooster, not a Plymouth ROck, they do look similar :) the other feathered ones are Brahma (Is that the video with the 2 Vorwerks)? if so yes Brahma, and boys and...
    The New boy is a French Cuckoo Maran rooster, not a Plymouth ROck, they do look similar :) the other feathered ones are Brahma (Is that the video with the 2 Vorwerks)? if so yes Brahma, and boys and girls, they are primarily our meat chooks, we have 30 hens with 3 roosters in the top paddock and...
    The New boy is a French Cuckoo Maran rooster, not a Plymouth ROck, they do look similar :) the other feathered ones are Brahma (Is that the video with the 2 Vorwerks)? if so yes Brahma, and boys and girls, they are primarily our meat chooks, we...
    The New boy is a French Cuckoo Maran rooster, not a Plymouth ROck, they do look similar :) the other feathered ones are Brahma (Is that the video with the 2 Vorwerks)? if so yes Brahma, and boys and...
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  19. Ray Speed

    Few Pet videos

    we do like a mixed bag, they are very peaceful, after a day at work love sitting in front of these
    we do like a mixed bag, they are very peaceful, after a day at work love sitting in front of these
    we do like a mixed bag, they are very peaceful, after a day at work love sitting in front of these
    we do like a mixed bag, they are very peaceful, after a day at work love sitting in front of these
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  20. CaityCait

    Disinfecting eggs before incubation - does anyone do this?

    Can't speak from any sort of experience, but if they aren't disinfected when naturally incubated then it can't be crucial. The egg shells are somewhat permeable (that's how the baby chick can...
    Can't speak from any sort of experience, but if they aren't disinfected when naturally incubated then it can't be crucial. The egg shells are somewhat permeable (that's how the baby chick can breathe) so you'd have to be careful to disinfect it with something that won't harm the embryo. If the...
    Can't speak from any sort of experience, but if they aren't disinfected when naturally incubated then it can't be crucial. The egg shells are somewhat permeable (that's how the baby chick can breathe) so you'd have to be careful to disinfect it...
    Can't speak from any sort of experience, but if they aren't disinfected when naturally incubated then it can't be crucial. The egg shells are somewhat permeable (that's how the baby chick can...
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  21. Priccabona

    Chinese incubator help

    It sounds like a unit power failure to me - sorry to state the obvious - and I don't know if they do have a fuse etc it's been a long time since I took ours to the dump...
    It sounds like a unit power failure to me - sorry to state the obvious - and I don't know if they do have a fuse etc it's been a long time since I took ours to the dump...
    It sounds like a unit power failure to me - sorry to state the obvious - and I don't know if they do have a fuse etc it's been a long time since I took ours to the dump...
    It sounds like a unit power failure to me - sorry to state the obvious - and I don't know if they do have a fuse etc it's been a long time since I took ours to the dump...
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  22. Ray Speed

    New Animals

    they are the best, absolutely loving them
    they are the best, absolutely loving them
    they are the best, absolutely loving them
    they are the best, absolutely loving them

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  23. ClissAT

    $2 per dozen eggs!

    :D. You are quite right there, Andrew! At least with the new Pikr, RAPD, TaqMan type genetic maker processes the male eggs are more easily sorted out prehatch rather than post hatch. Not all...
    :D. You are quite right there, Andrew! At least with the new Pikr, RAPD, TaqMan type genetic maker processes the male eggs are more easily sorted out prehatch rather than post hatch. Not all hatcheries are using these genetic improvements and need to be forced to lift their game or close shop....
    :D. You are quite right there, Andrew! At least with the new Pikr, RAPD, TaqMan type genetic maker processes the male eggs are more easily sorted out prehatch rather than post hatch. Not all hatcheries are using these genetic improvements and...
    :D. You are quite right there, Andrew! At least with the new Pikr, RAPD, TaqMan type genetic maker processes the male eggs are more easily sorted out prehatch rather than post hatch. Not all...
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  24. ClissAT

    Chemical spray concerns for bees

    I'm amazed that humans have made it this far, we seem determined to self destruct! How to the people developing this crap sleep at night? Farming has gone so wrong, each development is another...
    I'm amazed that humans have made it this far, we seem determined to self destruct! How to the people developing this crap sleep at night? Farming has gone so wrong, each development is another step in the wrong direction.
    I'm amazed that humans have made it this far, we seem determined to self destruct! How to the people developing this crap sleep at night? Farming has gone so wrong, each development is another step in the wrong direction.
    I'm amazed that humans have made it this far, we seem determined to self destruct! How to the people developing this crap sleep at night? Farming has gone so wrong, each development is another...
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  25. Perry

    Itchy Dog

    G'day Letsgokate, Thank you for your reply. I will give Zyretec a try. Luck my dog, is a very fussy eater he prefers dry food. Trying to give him a tablet is like fighting with a Lion. If I...
    G'day Letsgokate, Thank you for your reply. I will give Zyretec a try. Luck my dog, is a very fussy eater he prefers dry food. Trying to give him a tablet is like fighting with a Lion. If I put it in a piece of cheese he eat the cheese and spit out the tablet. I will see how I go once I get...
    G'day Letsgokate, Thank you for your reply. I will give Zyretec a try. Luck my dog, is a very fussy eater he prefers dry food. Trying to give him a tablet is like fighting with a Lion. If I put it in a piece of cheese he eat the cheese and...
    G'day Letsgokate, Thank you for your reply. I will give Zyretec a try. Luck my dog, is a very fussy eater he prefers dry food. Trying to give him a tablet is like fighting with a Lion. If I...
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