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Hello, I am new to raising chickens. I am becoming an avid fan. I started a few months ago by hatching 1 out of 7 eggs in my kindergarten classroom. My students named it Pip and I became attached to it (him-I think Pip is a rooster.) After that, I bought 4 light brahma pullets from a friend and hatched 2 more eggs. And talked my husband into building me a coop and a run. I am sure that I will have many questions. My 1st being how to tell if my 2 week old chicks will be hens or roosters.
Thank you in advance for all of the help.
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Nice to meet you Amy. You'll probably need to wait longer (more like another month) to discover what you have? You can then post photos at "what breed or gender is this.

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post #3 of 8

Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

So glad you could join our community! You have definitely come to the right place for all the fun and learning. 

 

When they grow up a bit more, you can as Drumstick Diva has mentioned, post some pics in our What Breed and Gender section for help with the sexes... http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this

 

With many breeds, the cockerels will be slower to feather and retain their fuzz a lot longer that pullets. And many times by the age of 1 or 2 months, a cockeral's comb will be large and red, where as the pullets combs will still stay small and pale until closer to laying age. 

 

Also, stop by our learning center too. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry... http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

Enjoy this new adventure you are on! Make yourself at home were and we do welcome you to our flock! :-)

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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Welcome to BYC! And good luck getting everything going!

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Welcome to BYC :frow  Glad you joined the flock!

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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Hi. I'm new to this. I have an Ancona female and she laid 16 eggs and sat on them diligently and they all went rotten. I had to finally remove the last two because of the odor. Now she won't give me any eggs. Is there something wrong? I thought they new if their eggs were fertile.
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Hi. I'm new to this. I have an Ancona female and she laid 16 eggs and sat on them diligently and they all went rotten. I had to finally remove the last two because of the odor. Now she won't give me any eggs. Is there something wrong? I thought they new if their eggs were fertile.

Hello there and welcome to BYC!

 

Broodies don't always know if eggs are fertile or not. Especially if they are new at being broody, or they are just so broody they set on them anyway. 

 

It takes a broody a while to start back up with laying. Her laying hormones have turned off in preparation for possible chick raising. So once she regains her strength and weight that she may have lost while brooding, she will get back to laying...a few weeks or so. 

 

Enjoy your flock! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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