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Hi My husband has been on this site a few times, now I have a few questions. Excuse the lack of correct terms.

post #1 of 4
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First we are brooding our chickens inside the house.,  Its been two weeks.  My eyes are killing me.  Red and swollen.  Almost like pink eye but I am not sure.  Is this common?  Am I allergic to them. 

 

Second question, do hens get the red comb on top and the gobbler on the neck or is it only males?

 

Thank you!

post #2 of 4

I kick my babies out within the first week before my allergies kick my butt. 

Chicks put out a lot of dust and then dander. So get those babies out of your house!  If you have a garage, you can move them there or if you have a coop already, just finish their brooding right in the coop.

 

Both hens and roosters have combs and wattles.  A rooster's will get larger and redden up quicker than a hens and as an adult, will be larger than the hens usually as well.

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Thank you very much.  Would you mind answering one more question?  When they are full grown and totally outside will I get the red eyes if I hold them? I want the eggs, but I more want them as pets. This is our first try at real chickens.  So far I have only decorated the whole house with fake ones.  I love chickens!

post #4 of 4

I'm allergic to birds... inside.

 

My chickens and ducks outside, not a problem. But I'm also not snuggling up with them either. My chicken will hang with me, but she won't sit with you for long. I have no issues with cleaning their coop or anything adult bird related.

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