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Hi all -

 

Our 4 (almost 5) year old son Frankie came home from school and wanted "chicks".  Apparently, that day, the local farm brought in a handful of chicks/ducklings and the kids had a blast.

 

Initially, we said no...but he persisted.

 

Quite honestly, he has 10 fish that he cares for every day.

 

We have 2 dogs - old timer and young pup and he is amazing with their care.

 

Well, why not.  We love animals and love providing for ourselves.

 

We went to the store (Tractor Supply near us) and walked away with 12 "straight run" chicks and 2 ducklings...all, a few days or so old.

 

I built them a sturdy 48" x 48" by 16" box, put down ample shavings, hung their feeder and waterer and even put in a shallow water hole for the ducklings.

 

as they say - "let the fun begin"

 

Who would have know the joy we've been experiencing in the week since they arrived.

 

Frankie is so responsible and gentle with them and his care has been much more than we actually anticipated.  He (we) has developed quite a bond.

 

We even started an Instagram account to document the growth and daily interaction - frankiesfamilyfarm

 

Here lies the fundamental issue - Frankie is aware that we are only keeping pullets (I think I have that right - hens?  chickens that will lay eggs!) :)

 

I made an arrangement with a local farmer (who has hundreds of chickens) to take any roosters...once we clearly identify them as such.

 

Our question - how do we identify the boys from the girls (i'm sure there are jokes stirring about after that comment)

 

Their feathers are beginning to come in...shocked that is happening so fast.  very cool.

 

does the mere presence of "tail" feathers indicate the chick is a Rooster?

 

So excited to continue this journey...ANY advice is welcomed!!

 

Have a great weekend

 

Frankie and his Family Farm

post #2 of 22

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1094660/not-sure-if-youve-got-a-pullet-or-a-cockerel-click-here

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Wow, that's cool! I bet your son is pleased :)

What breed are they and do you have any pictures?

I can normally tell pullets from cockerels at about 4 weeks+ by there wattle and comb development. If it's not obvious and you need some help then just post on my thread (link at the top of my post)

 

And, yes, a pullet is a young hen :)

 

-Jet

post #3 of 22

Greetings from Kansas and :welcome!  Pleased you joined us!  Ah, the wisdom of children!  Glad you are enjoying your poultry adventure!  The Learning Center is a place you will likely want to visit - it is a vast archive of articles that will accelerate your poultry learning curve.  Here's the link:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

And from the Learning Center is a raising chicks article you should start with:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-raise-baby-chicks-the-first-60-days-of-raising-baby-chickens

and another:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/raising-your-baby-chicks

I do have a question...what are you plans with the inevitable roosters in the straight batch as well as the farmer's surplus roosters?  A good ratio is 8-10 hens per 1 rooster.  More rooster means fights and overbreeding of the hens.  

And here is a link to the Ducks Forum should you have questions:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

and some great duck articles:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Finally, you can visit your state thread in this link and say howdy to some poultry locals:

 http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread

Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC!!!  

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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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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post #4 of 22

Welcome to BYC!  My 4 yr. old granddaughter loves her 3 chickens who are now hens laying eggs.  Take lots of pics!  Have fun!

No, tail feathers do not mean a chick is a rooster, they all get tail feathers (hopefully).  You  will probably see faster comb and wattle development in the males ...are the chicks all the same breed? And what breed(s) are they?  

post #5 of 22

G’Day from down under FrankiesFamFarm :frow Welcome!

 

Thank you for a lovely, enjoyable introduction .. personally, I think Frankie is a very smart young man and convincing you that you needed chickens was a good move ;)

 

While you already have a heap of links to check out, I will give you one more.  This is the link to the Breed & Gender Forum where you can post individual pictures of your chicks for opinions on gender: http://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this

 

I hope you enjoy being a BYC member.  There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. 

 

If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place.  BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out :D

Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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post #6 of 22

Welcome to the fun!

 

What breed did you purchase?

Can you post a picture of you chicks?

I just wanted eggs!
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Hi all -

 

Our 4 (almost 5) year old son Frankie came home from school and wanted "chicks".  Apparently, that day, the local farm brought in a handful of chicks/ducklings and the kids had a blast.

 

Initially, we said no...but he persisted.

 

Quite honestly, he has 10 fish that he cares for every day.

 

We have 2 dogs - old timer and young pup and he is amazing with their care.

 

Well, why not.  We love animals and love providing for ourselves.

 

We went to the store (Tractor Supply near us) and walked away with 12 "straight run" chicks and 2 ducklings...all, a few days or so old.

 

I built them a sturdy 48" x 48" by 16" box, put down ample shavings, hung their feeder and waterer and even put in a shallow water hole for the ducklings.

 

as they say - "let the fun begin"

 

Who would have know the joy we've been experiencing in the week since they arrived.

 

Frankie is so responsible and gentle with them and his care has been much more than we actually anticipated.  He (we) has developed quite a bond.

 

We even started an Instagram account to document the growth and daily interaction - frankiesfamilyfarm

 

Here lies the fundamental issue - Frankie is aware that we are only keeping pullets (I think I have that right - hens?  chickens that will lay eggs!) :)

 

I made an arrangement with a local farmer (who has hundreds of chickens) to take any roosters...once we clearly identify them as such.

 

Our question - how do we identify the boys from the girls (i'm sure there are jokes stirring about after that comment)

 

Their feathers are beginning to come in...shocked that is happening so fast.  very cool.

 

does the mere presence of "tail" feathers indicate the chick is a Rooster?

 

So excited to continue this journey...ANY advice is welcomed!!

 

Have a great weekend

 

Frankie and his Family Farm

:welcome!!!!! You will want to make sure the ducklings do not drown in the dish. Also if you end up with a drake* (or 2) they can potentially harm the chickens when they are older.

Otherwise enjoy BYC!

 

*Drake-a male duck.

11 Hens, 3 Pullets, 5 Chicks, 1 Drake, 4 Ducks, 2 Drakelets, 4 Ducklets, 1 Dog, 1 Goldfish
 
PM me for breeds/names/varieties.
 
~The Lord God Made Them All~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     

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11 Hens, 3 Pullets, 5 Chicks, 1 Drake, 4 Ducks, 2 Drakelets, 4 Ducklets, 1 Dog, 1 Goldfish
 
PM me for breeds/names/varieties.
 
~The Lord God Made Them All~
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     

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post #8 of 22

:welcome

I love Jesus and I am a Christian.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

 

 Psalm 121: 1-2

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I love Jesus and I am a Christian.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.

 

 Psalm 121: 1-2

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post #9 of 22

  ....and a child shall lead them. Your son sounds like an extra special 5 year old.  More power to him.   :welcome

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We have 3 of these. Not sure what breed. Cute lil critters though smile.png
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