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Hello all, 

We are new to raising backyard chickens. We decided to do it after the Village of Roscoe approved a backyard chicken ordinance. We have four kids from 2 to 9 and felt it would be a great learning experience for us to all raise chickens for pets and fresh eggs.

 

We pulled the trigger in April, got village approval for our coop and got 6 day old chicks from a local breeder. 3 Ameraucanas and 3 Buff Orpingtons.

 

The experience has been great so far and I could not be happier about my 9yr old son and 7yr old daughters participation. They each claimed three and named them and spend hours each day taking care of the coop, watering, feeding, and spending time with them. We have a coop and a run, but we let them free range in the back yard all day when we are home, which is almost every day. They pop out of the coop in the morning when we open it up and run around the yard wings flapping for a few minutes each morning. They spend most of the day wandering around the yard looking for bugs and eating seeds, grass, and clover. They also love our unripe grapes growing on the vine.

 

The chickens have all been very friendly and like being handled and have very little pecking order events. One of the reasons, besides our being inexperienced, that we did not take great note of the growing waddles and crowns on four of them. Just thought it was breed variation. When one started crowing a little a few days ago, I did some research and saw hens can sometimes crow. 

 

Then the crowing contest started and I contacted the breed and she said 4 of the 6 female chicks she sold us our actually roosters. I knew there was a usually a 1 in 10 chance a breeder will mis-sex a chick, but this is 4 of 6...

 

Anyway our village has a no rooster ordinance and we need to rehome them. I posted in the rehome forum if anyone reads this and knows of a home for any of the roos.

 

We will be starting over with 4 new baby chicks which my daughter is ok with, but my son is devastated. He will get over it though, and it is a good life lesson. I did warn them many times it is a possibility one might be a rooster and we will have to get rid of it...

 

Ill post some more when we start getting eggs from the two remaining hens and when we get the new chicks. (I am also looking at buying pullets as the breeder that got 4 of 6 wrong might still get some of the 4 wrong)

 

Thanks,

Jon

post #2 of 8
Hi welcome-byc.gif Jon

Glad you could join us here! What a great introduction, I have really enjoyed reading through your chicken adventures very much. Chickens sure are great for getting the kids involved and they really are a hobby the whole family can enjoy. I'm sorry to hear you ended up with so many boys, that really is a shame. I hope you are able to find new homes for them.

Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC frow.gif
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Nice to meet you Jon. Hope you can find someone else to get your next birds from. That woman shouldn't have pronounced them pullets at such a young age. BTW I'm sure she sold you Easter Eggers, which are good chickens but another misrepresentation .

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Greetings from Kansas, Jon, and welcome-byc.gif. Happy you joined our community! yippiechickie.gif

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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Hi Jon and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

Best wishes
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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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We found a forever home for the four roosters. A retiring farmer getting back into breeding chickens with his daughter.

He took the 4 roosters on a trade for 2 pullets and I bought 2 more. My son and daughter insisted on like breeds so we got lucky he had some to pick from.

 

I will post better picts tomorrow.

 

Thanks 

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Better pictures of the new girls (I Hope) 

They are six weeks and are Buff Orpingtons and Ameraucana/EE.

 

 

 

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