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Over the summer, I got three chickens - supposedly female.  Just found out that one of the girls is actually a Rhode Island Red Rooster.  Doesn't have the curved tail feathers yet but the dead give away was the crowing.  So now I have two hens and a rooster.

 

Don't know much about birds and could sure use some helpful hints.  I have discovered that Rueben the Rooster lies to peck my hands when I try to feed them.  I discovered he doesn't like the spray bottle of water in the face so I think that's under control.

 

1.  What's the best way to winterize (I live in Reno) a small coop?  Heating lamp?  Heated pad?  Both?

2.  Will Rueben continue to peck me?

3.  When will the hens begin laying eggs?

 

 

Cynthia

Reno

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Hello there! and welcome to BYC!!!! Some good reading here

 

winterize your coop

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/710381/winterizing-a-small-store-bought-coop

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/709303/winterizing-the-chicken-coop

 

great reading about roosters

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-definite-guide-to-roosters

 

Laying hens

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/69912/when-do-chickens-start-laying-eggs

 

hope this helps you out! good luck!

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