• Rooster in the city

    Q. We’ve discovered in the last 2 weeks that Mrs. Whatsit, the Rhode Island Red hen we got from you, is actually not a hen. She’s a rooster. Her comb kept growing and growing and she got bigger and bigger but we were in denial until she started crowing in the last few weeks and […]

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  • Wildlife rehabilitation, relocation

    Q. Help! Duck family needs to be relocated. A. I just spoke to you on the phone regarding the duck family that needs to be relocated. I’m sure they are so adorable! There’s this wonderful place I know of that takes in wildlife for either relocation, rehabilitation, or for long-term care. I am not sure […]

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  • Dealing with neighbors

    A. Hi. I just found your site yesterday and am astounded! I’ve been moving in this same direction of self-sustained living for years now and love your site and success! I’ve been toodling around the site, reading tons, but have yet to see anything addressing my burning question: what about the neighbors? What kind of […]

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  • Duck foot infection (Bumble foot)

    Q. Phone call regarding foot infection with pet duck. A. When I spoke to you (Rebeca) on the phone, I suspected the cause was a condition called “bumble-foot” which is common in waterfowl but I wasn’t entirely sure at that moment. My own duck, Dawn has a mild condition of this (an abscess) but didn’t […]

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  • Online sources for chicken health questions

    Q. Not sure if you will remember me….I’m the chicken lover from Queensland , Australia. I am really worried about one of my chickens this morning as she is behaving oddly. Being new to the whole chicken experience I’m not sure if my worries are founded and need some advice. She is moving very slowly […]

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  • How to clip a chicken’s wings

    Q. This is Tina at Los Angeles Eco Village, I went to visit your garden (“in heaven”) in February with a group of people from LAEV. Thank you so much for showing us around, it was very motivating for us to do something in our garden. I have a question about chicken. We are building […]

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  • How to clip a chicken’s wings

    Q. This is Tina at Los Angeles Eco Village, I went to visit your garden (“in heaven”) in February with a group of people from LAEV. Thank you so much for showing us around, it was very motivating for us to do something in our garden. I have a question about chicken. We are building […]

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  • Chicken breeds descriptions

    Q. My son and I are interested in raising backyard chickens, which breeds do you recommend for newbies and is there a place where I can purchase day old chicks? Thanks for your help. A. Sure. First, if you don’t mind – you could let me know state you live in so then I could […]

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  • Chickens and rats; chickens in the garden

    Q. Heya, I am Ruby, I live in PDX, OR, a wonderful city. I love your web sight, good job. I have questions about chickens. I had them for a while, loved them sooo much. They were in a large pen on the side of the house…eventually, the rats came and overtook things, destroyed the […]

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  • Drawbacks of waste vegetable oil vs. biodiesel

    Q. I have been researching bio fuels to use in my 7.3 liter diesel 1999 Ford F250. I have seen articles on biodiesel and waste vegetable oil (WVO). According to what I’ve seen, WVO is filtered and stored in a separate tank in the vehicle. The WVO is heated and supply to the engine via […]

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