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Ask the Expert — June/July 2019
May 7, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

Rock-Hard Pieces in Eggs While blending my silkies’ hard-boiled eggs to feed them back to them, these rock-hard pieces were inside. It has happened on two separate occasions. Do you …

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Ask the Expert — April/May 2019
April 21, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

Tough Winter We’ve had a tough winter here in Central New Hampshire. Lots of snow and ice. The door to my chicken run becomes frozen often and I end up …

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Ask the Expert — February/March 2019
February 21, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

Saxony Ducks Hey there! Absolutely love your website. What a great resource trying to figure out how to get some ducks on her property. My main goals are pets/eggs/action for …

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Ask the Expert — December 2018/January 2019
January 21, 2019 . · Ask The Expert

Washing Eggs Before Boiling How do you handle eggs if you want to hard boil them? I usually wash in 90 degree water and put them in the pan with …

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Ask the Expert — October/November 2018
October 20, 2018 . · Ask The Expert

Not Laying Eggs My wife and I are new to backyard chickens and I was wondering if you have some advice for one of our hens. We adopted two hens …

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Ask the Expert – August/September 2018
August 18, 2018 . · Ask The Expert

An Egg Divided I found this strange egg in my laying box one afternoon. I have had eggs with just a membrane around the white and yolk, but never this! …

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Ask the Expert – June/July 2018
June 18, 2018 . · Ask The Expert

Inferior Golden Buffs My Golden Buff that was almost three years old, died three days ago. Before she died, she showed the signs of being inactive, stood alone, and didn’t …

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Ask the Expert — April/May 2018
April 20, 2018 . · Ask The Expert

Wrinkled Eggs I’ve attached a picture of two eggs that I gathered, two days in a row with very large ridges in them. What makes them do this? They were …

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Ask the Expert – February/March 2018
February 20, 2018 . · Ask The Expert

Poisonous Plants I inherited eight hens when we bought our house. We also inherited a beautiful garden with a variety of plants. The hens have free range of the yard …

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Ask the Expert — December 17/January 18
December 20, 2017 . · Ask The Expert

Sick Chicken One of my older chickens keeps shaking her head back and forth and then going around in a circle and losing her balance and falling down. Yesterday her …

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