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Hi all I recently got my family 4 chickens for eggs/pets and they are all supposed to be hens, I am not so sure about my New Hampshire Red though. Can anyone tell by the pictures? They are all just over 2 months[IMG]
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The NH in the middle is a cockerel. The other three are all pullets.

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Cockrell means rooster right?
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Originally Posted by azais View Post

Cockrell means rooster right?

Hello and welcome to BYC!

 

Yes, a cockerel is a young male. Once he turns one year old, he is considered a rooster.

 

Same with hens...they are pullets until one year of age. :-)

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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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The NH in the middle is a cockerel. The other three are all pullets.

 I would agree with QueenMisha

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me too.

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I am very very new to being a mommy to 2 wonderful and beautiful 12 week old silkies. I have had them almost a week now and have some questions...I know they are very basic questions, but I am trying to jump start my knowledge to be the best mommy I can be!
1. I have 1 laying hen, she lays 1 egg every other day, is this about right?
2. I have 1 VERY loving Silky who lets me pet her, hold her, love her. The other does let me hold her - but only if I catch her first! She's FAST!! And loves to run! She's not laying yet, and appears to be less social (these are sisters raised together so no difference in the first 12 weeks.....) both DEFINITLEY have their own personalities!
3. Although I am in GA, I am already looking into what I will need for the winter to keep the babies warm. Does anyone have ideas on if a water warmer is worth it or not, or do they suck up to much electric and keep the water too hot? Does 1 heat lamp (lower 160 level) work ok to keep them warm? (There may be 2 more Polish babies once winter hots, depends on my husband but by the time they hatch I think I can convince him)
4. I've heard SO many options on what to use as substrate in the nesting boxes. Some swear by hay, but I've been told it gets moldy. I am currently just using wood chips (flake)

Any info at this point would help, I have read all I can but of course no writer agrees with the other and I would rather hear from actual individuals!

Thanks, and yes, I know I am very new to this. smile.png
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I use straw over peat moss in my quail pens. Doesn't stink or mold like hay.
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