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Last answer by Linda 81 months ago +0 votes:
Yes both raw and cooked in the shell eggs can freeze. Once this happens they are of no use, so just throw them out, and do not feed them to any pets. The eggs can freeze at about 35 degrees, as we found out one winter morning when we went to collect the eggs from our chickens. In the fridge it is best to keep them in the middle of the shelf, as being closer to the edges seems to freeze everything.... more
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Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 55 months ago +0 votes:
I have sheep and we have lambed in cold weather too so I know what you are going through (I am in Alberta, Canada). The kid might have pneumonia which is fluid in the lungs.  With livestock its hard to notice a problem because they try to hide it so they do not look weak to predators. Pneumonia can be fatal so if the kid is not physically doing well he needs a vet's attention and maybe me... more
Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 56 months ago +0 votes:
At 5 weeks your goat kids should also be getting hay (or grass) and possibly even some oats or grain ration.  If they are only getting their bottles that could be the problem.  Also is it proper goats milk replacement they are getting or cows milk?  It should be goats milk replacement which comes as a powder and you mix with water before feeding them. They may need to be wormed or ... more
Last answer by Patricia Cartwright 57 months ago +0 votes:
Hi, We have several egg laying hens and have several different breeds. I would recommend that you research the different chicken breeds and find ones that suit your location and needs best. Some breeds of chickens are friendlier than others, some lay more eggs than others, some are hardier than others etc. If you plan on getting chickens from multiple sources they will need to be introduced to eac... more
Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 60 months ago +0 votes:
 Perhaps the eggs were not well cared for before you got them. Since some did hatch but not all you at least can be sure it is probably not your incubator or anything you are doing.  I suspect that perhaps some eggs got too chilled, or too hot, before you got them like some were not collected when they should have been, or perhaps were not actually fertile to begin with (maybe too many ... more
Last answer by Elizabeth Nuttall 62 months ago +0 votes:
Hi Lorna, try taking a look at I'm sure that there are lots of small holdings for sale. more
Last answer by Guimo Pantuhan 64 months ago +2 votes:
We raise some pigs in our yard before. With the right feeds, we were able to sell them after three months (we initially buy piglets and not weanlings). We avoid feeding them leftover foods because as I observe, they develop too much fat when fed with those foods. (Here in my country, backyard swine are most often fed with leftovers collected from the neighborhood). But we soon stop. Pigs are nois... more
Last answer by Missy Lowe 65 months ago +0 votes:
When introducing any new chicken into an established group, it is normal for the group to start out with your the new bird as lowest on the pecking order. He will probably adapt and rule the roost in a very short time, as long as he is healthy. It is always risky to introduce new fowl into an established flock, since disease is rapidly spread this way. Keep an eye  on your flock for any unusu... more
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Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 65 months ago +0 votes:
To ensure fertile eggs, the hens in these hatcheries are typically artificially inseminated.  So.. yes, roosters are used, but not in the classic way. Of course roosters are not used when hens are kept to produce eggs for eating. more
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Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 70 months ago +3 votes:
You may have had a humidity problem - this is the usual reason why they dry out when hatching. I know the books always say do not help them.  You could damage them, but I know I would have a hard time watching a bird struggle then die.  If your humidity is too low they get dried out and stuck to the membrane.  I have always had a broody hen raise the eggs, I have never done it ... more
Last answer by melinda regner 80 months ago +0 votes:
I agree with the stickman said.. we raise chicken in our province and i have the same dilemma before. Goodluck! :p border collie more
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Last answer by Linda 81 months ago +0 votes:
It would depend on the type of light sourve you are using. If you are talking about basic sunlight, the answer would be no unless it is the middle of summer. As the light at that time of year is warmer, it would help keep them warm while the hen is off the nest. If you are talking hatching without a hen setting on them, then a warming light, such as is used to help keep puppies warm at night, woul... more
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Last answer by Natalie Begil 84 months ago +0 votes:
Well, if the hen is still sitting on them something may happen, but if she is not doing anything at all with them, then it may be time to get rid of them as they may be duds.  Just try to keep a close eye for a couple more days them make your decision as you never know! more
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Last answer by Rennay Cooke 85 months ago +0 votes:
From what I understand, they are bred for the purpose of being eaten, therefore are created to be much heavier than regular chickens. Because they are essentially "man-made" their bodies are not made to sustain their weight so it is true that they often suffer broken legs and heart attacks. more
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I found the Cattle Forum, but there is no Cattle category. more
Last answer by Louise Jones 88 months ago +0 votes:
Congratulations! Glad it's working out OK for you :D more
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Last answer by Kaleidoscope Acres 88 months ago +0 votes:
I wrote an article on this but its not showing up as an answered article so here it is anyhow. more
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