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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. Robbie

    The things you find

    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that...
    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that have no shell at all.
    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that have no shell at all.
    You'll get odd eggs time to time. Mine will pop out the odd one after going broody when they start laying again or a new layer will have a few like this. The weird ones are from a new layer that...

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  2. RobinsSea

    Chooks by the Sea

    Looks awesome and yes some very happy chooks.
    Looks awesome and yes some very happy chooks.
    Looks awesome and yes some very happy chooks.
    Looks awesome and yes some very happy chooks.

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  3. Jake Jeffries

    My first bees

    Hi everyone, just got my first bee, so exciting can wait to see the in action!!
    Hi everyone, just got my first bee, so exciting can wait to see the in action!!
    Hi everyone, just got my first bee, so exciting can wait to see the in action!!
    Hi everyone, just got my first bee, so exciting can wait to see the in action!!

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  4. JPAT

    Butchering a chicken

    According to backyardchickens.com you should rest it 48 hours in the refrigerator before freezing. No brine needed.
    According to backyardchickens.com you should rest it 48 hours in the refrigerator before freezing. No brine needed.
    According to backyardchickens.com you should rest it 48 hours in the refrigerator before freezing. No brine needed.
    According to backyardchickens.com you should rest it 48 hours in the refrigerator before freezing. No brine needed.
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  5. William Welch

    Question 8 Frame vs. 10 Frame ( Bee Boxes )

    I ordered one made just last night. Excited to get it in and set up. I didn’t use horizontal to describe it because I was concerned some may have thought I was talking about a horizontal deep...
    I ordered one made just last night. Excited to get it in and set up. I didn’t use horizontal to describe it because I was concerned some may have thought I was talking about a horizontal deep hive and not one that uses 9 3/4 “ frames like we use in a Langstroth. Thanks for the feed back. I...
    I ordered one made just last night. Excited to get it in and set up. I didn’t use horizontal to describe it because I was concerned some may have thought I was talking about a horizontal deep hive and not one that uses 9 3/4 “ frames like we use...
    I ordered one made just last night. Excited to get it in and set up. I didn’t use horizontal to describe it because I was concerned some may have thought I was talking about a horizontal deep...
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  6. William Welch

    Russian Queens (bees)

    I took the course but I haven't set up any hives yet. The bees had a very bad year here when I took it. Some very experienced keepers lost 80% of their hives. That scared me enough to hold off. ...
    I took the course but I haven't set up any hives yet. The bees had a very bad year here when I took it. Some very experienced keepers lost 80% of their hives. That scared me enough to hold off. Things looked up some last year, so I'll probably start beekeeping next spring.
    I took the course but I haven't set up any hives yet. The bees had a very bad year here when I took it. Some very experienced keepers lost 80% of their hives. That scared me enough to hold off. Things looked up some last year, so I'll probably...
    I took the course but I haven't set up any hives yet. The bees had a very bad year here when I took it. Some very experienced keepers lost 80% of their hives. That scared me enough to hold off. ...
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  7. Isobel Lewis
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    Chicken Breeds

    Thank you Karla!
    Thank you Karla!
    Thank you Karla!
    Thank you Karla!
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  8. taisla97

    Show me your pets (please)

    I have 3 cats. (Hexas, my husband anniversary black cat since we were married on halloween. Cynder, also know as my titty kitty as he loves to lay accross me when i do my computer work. And...
    I have 3 cats. (Hexas, my husband anniversary black cat since we were married on halloween. Cynder, also know as my titty kitty as he loves to lay accross me when i do my computer work. And Quizit, my daughters cat who mews horribly if my daughter isnt in bed by bedtime lol) A dog. ( Rin, my...
    I have 3 cats. (Hexas, my husband anniversary black cat since we were married on halloween. Cynder, also know as my titty kitty as he loves to lay accross me when i do my computer work. And Quizit, my daughters cat who mews horribly if my...
    I have 3 cats. (Hexas, my husband anniversary black cat since we were married on halloween. Cynder, also know as my titty kitty as he loves to lay accross me when i do my computer work. And...

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  9. Robbie

    Firtile rooster or not

    My wife posted this message smh when we where younger i was molting and still had kids the only difference is the rooster grow its feathers back my hair didn't.
    My wife posted this message smh when we where younger i was molting and still had kids the only difference is the rooster grow its feathers back my hair didn't.
    My wife posted this message smh when we where younger i was molting and still had kids the only difference is the rooster grow its feathers back my hair didn't.
    My wife posted this message smh when we where younger i was molting and still had kids the only difference is the rooster grow its feathers back my hair didn't.
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  10. Tamitha Ratliff

    Question Llamas: Pros and Cons?

    How sad! We have a Mini Dachshund and I have plans to start breeding them but they will have their own space and the two hopefully won't interact. What a great warning though! Thank you!
    How sad! We have a Mini Dachshund and I have plans to start breeding them but they will have their own space and the two hopefully won't interact. What a great warning though! Thank you!
    How sad! We have a Mini Dachshund and I have plans to start breeding them but they will have their own space and the two hopefully won't interact. What a great warning though! Thank you!
    How sad! We have a Mini Dachshund and I have plans to start breeding them but they will have their own space and the two hopefully won't interact. What a great warning though! Thank you!

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  11. Letsgokate

    Cups or nipples

    Hey, I first brought nipples as I had a coop with Muscovy ducks and chickens, they ensured that there was always a clean water source in the pen. The ducks were very messy with the water tubs. ...
    Hey, I first brought nipples as I had a coop with Muscovy ducks and chickens, they ensured that there was always a clean water source in the pen. The ducks were very messy with the water tubs. I currently use the cups on my quail cage, it is hooked up to a 4L bottle that has been painted out...
    Hey, I first brought nipples as I had a coop with Muscovy ducks and chickens, they ensured that there was always a clean water source in the pen. The ducks were very messy with the water tubs. I currently use the cups on my quail cage, it is...
    Hey, I first brought nipples as I had a coop with Muscovy ducks and chickens, they ensured that there was always a clean water source in the pen. The ducks were very messy with the water tubs. ...

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  12. Ray Speed

    Fresh Farm killed Piggy

    All adds up to support the self-sufficiency argument, methinks!
    All adds up to support the self-sufficiency argument, methinks!
    All adds up to support the self-sufficiency argument, methinks!
    All adds up to support the self-sufficiency argument, methinks!
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  13. ClissAT

    Mushrooms for Bees

    Hello ClissAT Thanks for posting this, I found it very interesting. I don’t keep bees but it’s on my one day list. Do you have a hive?Wonder what the “mushrooms beds” at his house involved? I’ve...
    Hello ClissAT Thanks for posting this, I found it very interesting. I don’t keep bees but it’s on my one day list. Do you have a hive?Wonder what the “mushrooms beds” at his house involved? I’ve had the exact medical protocol he mentioned regarding his mother and also took a supplement...
    Hello ClissAT Thanks for posting this, I found it very interesting. I don’t keep bees but it’s on my one day list. Do you have a hive?Wonder what the “mushrooms beds” at his house involved? I’ve had the exact medical protocol he mentioned...
    Hello ClissAT Thanks for posting this, I found it very interesting. I don’t keep bees but it’s on my one day list. Do you have a hive?Wonder what the “mushrooms beds” at his house involved? I’ve...
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  14. Joan Denoo

    Recommend Test chickens' preference cage or free range

    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators...
    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators then a coop with a good run attached is also a good option.
    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators then a coop with a good run attached is also a good...
    Like is this a trick question, think it’s obvious they would prefer to free range. Who would like to be locked in a cage all day. If they can’t be let out to free range due to space or predators...
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  15. Ray Speed

    Baby Brahma's (Next generation)

    Absolutely awesome Ray.
    Absolutely awesome Ray.
    Absolutely awesome Ray.
    Absolutely awesome Ray.

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  16. Ray Speed

    Two new hives on the property

    will dooooooooooooooooooo
    will dooooooooooooooooooo
    will dooooooooooooooooooo
    will dooooooooooooooooooo
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  17. Rachel

    What predator does this?

    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you...
    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you pigeon are) Is butcher birds. they harras the cage until a finch, budgie, small pigeon or dove hits the...
    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you pigeon are) Is butcher birds. they harras the cage...
    Hello there! I am also in the hawkesbury, Kurrajong. thank goodness for the rain. its hard enough growing here :) what i find around here that takes the heads of birds, (depending on how big you...
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  18. Owlonthewing

    Hatching Quail

    Thanks Mark and Matthew, Final tally was 13 quail and 5 chickens. So approx 1/2 hatched. It was good to know I could leave them for 48 hours. Next time I will do chickens seperately so I don't...
    Thanks Mark and Matthew, Final tally was 13 quail and 5 chickens. So approx 1/2 hatched. It was good to know I could leave them for 48 hours. Next time I will do chickens seperately so I don't have the problem of disturbing the eggs at the wrong time. Also we were lucky to get what we did as...
    Thanks Mark and Matthew, Final tally was 13 quail and 5 chickens. So approx 1/2 hatched. It was good to know I could leave them for 48 hours. Next time I will do chickens seperately so I don't have the problem of disturbing the eggs at the...
    Thanks Mark and Matthew, Final tally was 13 quail and 5 chickens. So approx 1/2 hatched. It was good to know I could leave them for 48 hours. Next time I will do chickens seperately so I don't...

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Ray Speed

    The girls are starting to pump,

    We have 2 easter egger hens that lay green eggs, an Easter egger rooster, and 4 buff Orpington hens. We’re getting a couple dozen Large to jumbo eggs a week now. They are all about 11 months old....
    We have 2 easter egger hens that lay green eggs, an Easter egger rooster, and 4 buff Orpington hens. We’re getting a couple dozen Large to jumbo eggs a week now. They are all about 11 months old. we are giving them extra light in the evenings until the natural light is long enough in another...
    We have 2 easter egger hens that lay green eggs, an Easter egger rooster, and 4 buff Orpington hens. We’re getting a couple dozen Large to jumbo eggs a week now. They are all about 11 months old. we are giving them extra light in the evenings...
    We have 2 easter egger hens that lay green eggs, an Easter egger rooster, and 4 buff Orpington hens. We’re getting a couple dozen Large to jumbo eggs a week now. They are all about 11 months old....
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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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