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Mallard duck abandoned eggs

A mallard duck has been sitting on her nest with 11 eggs in my shrubbery for a month. Now the nest has 9 eggs and no mama duck. I saw at least one of the chicks actually hatched. Is it likely the remaining 9 eggs are duds and will not hatch at all? Seems like a high mortality rate for one clutch. I haven't seen mama duck for 2 days. Suggestions on what I do with 9 remaining eggs?

Allen County Indiana poultry wildlife Posted 21 days ago

Breeding chickens

What color chicks will i get if I breed white Jersey giant to black Jersey giant

South Carolina poultry Posted 23 days ago


what are the medicines or antibiotics used?

Outside United States poultry Posted about 1 month ago

Layer birds prolapse problem

I am layer farmer I have 5000 birds I have problem of prolapse every day we have 2 to 4 birds death in prolapse I am giving lights to birds 15 hours 45 mints including sun light.I m using LED lights 7 watts each total Leds are in my shed 33 Leds My shed size is 45 feets wide and 125 feets depth in my city temperature is 37c so plz advice me how to control the prolapse problem thanks

Outside United States Posted about 1 month ago

Guinea Fowl eggs not fertile

I have 4 male and 4 female guinea fowl in a pen together. All of them get along without fighting. I collect 4 eggs regularly everyday. I put them in my incubators every 3 days for hatching. I am lucky if 1 or 2 of the eggs are actually fertile. I don't understand what the problem is. They are all around 1 year old so age is not a factor. Help!

Outside United States poultry Posted about 1 month ago

Once a guinea hen goes broody how long before she lays again

I have a guinea hen who hatched some eggs. We ended up taking the babies from her because she smothered 4 of the 6 she had. When will she start laying again? Our guineas are free range so I will have to start looking for the nest but don’t know if she will start laying again this year or wait until next.

Tyler County Texas Posted about 1 month ago

How much antibiotic is typically added to poultry feeds as a growth promotor?

We are trying to design a chemical analysis of chick and layer feeds collected in Africa, and it would be helpful to know typical gram/kg dosing of such feeds.

St. Joseph County Indiana poultry Posted about 1 month ago

leg paralysis in 8 week old chicken

Hello, i have a 10 week old chick that was not putting weight on one leg. On July 7th she went in to roost, and when i let them out in the morning of july 8th she was not walking on her left leg, she was hobbling and resting on her hock.. I found a vet to see her on Wednesday july 10th (20 years experience with birds of various type) he felt that her tendon was in the proper position. He thought she may have just sprained or strained something in her leg. He prescribed Metacam 2X a day. When following up with him 5 days later, he was discouraged that she was not using her leg yet. He had previously brought up the possibility of Mareks disease, and now feels that is most likely the issue. My concern is, could it be something else, that would be treatable?
I would hate to have a Necrpsy done, only to find that i could have aided her healing from some simple ailment.
She is the only chicken affected of 8 chicks in their own coop, and 13 grown chickens in a nearby coop.The young chicks had only been outside for two weeks prior to her developing this condition.
She is currently separated to a pen indoors, and i am practicing bio-security measures.
Our vet feels a vitamin deficiency is unlikely, as she was being fed from a new bag of chick starter feed, however i wonder about attempting specifically B vitamins and choline, as deficiencies in these seem to present with symptoms similar to hers according to the Merck veterinary manual.
If a vitamin deficiency were the cause, how long would it take to see improvement, Yesterday (july 16th) I fed her an egg with nutritional yeast added as it is high in B vitamins and choline from in the egg.
Update, today is 9 days since the onset, she has not gotten any worse, and this morning she was attempting to stand on the affected leg.
If i attempt to support her by placeing my hand under her body, she pulls her "good" leg up, and refuses to put it down.
Given all of this information, i wonder what the likelyhood is that it is Mareks, sort tissue injury or vitamin difficiency. I also wonder what to expect for her recovery, and future quality of life.

Thank you

Clarion County Pennsylvania poultry Posted about 1 month ago


We live on a small family farm and have a few different breeds of laying chickens that the two years old and a rooster. We would like to butcher a few of them but do not have any experience or supplies. Most videos we find are how to kill and butcher many animals at a time. We are looking at information on how to kill and butcher just one animal at a time for eating fresh. Also, is there does the extension service teach butchering classes or have butchering supplies available for rent?

Marion County Oregon poultry Posted about 1 month ago

Mixed Fowl?

We are planning on restarting our flock in the spring and thinking of mixing things up. I was thinking of getting chickens and Guinea fowl, is it OK to have those birds share a coop and yard or should they each have their own space?

Buncombe County North Carolina poultry Posted about 1 month ago