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  1. HeatherKellyB

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    Hahaha! To be honest with you, I've imagined/came up with an entire conversation between the boys, old and young, hahaha! The boys and their knowledge of the ins and outs of chicken hood at my house. We need some chicken comics. Hey, you're an artist, we should come up with something!
  2. HeatherKellyB

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    In my personal opinion, bantam cockerel/roosters are easier to manage. I only have 1 aggressive bantam rooster and luckily he doesn't have spurs(he's a silkie). They're still rapey to the girls though. My bantam boys ripped my OEGB pullets comb. Of course I immediately separated the boys and...
  3. HeatherKellyB

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    My guys, all of them, except for the chicks that are just starting, crow ALL DAY LONG. Unfortunately, I gave my first boys a treat every time they would crow when I asked. So basically they now crow anytime they want something or just see me. They taught the next group, and so on and so on. I...
  4. HeatherKellyB

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    Shhhhh! I haven't heard "but I still need showgirls, mom. You've got most of your favorite breeds. I'll help and take care of them, I promise!" in several days now. Oddly enough, I'm wanting some now. We still haven't sexed the last 14 chicks plus, all but 2 are crested and a crested bird is my...
  5. HeatherKellyB

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    I knew at least one was a boy. It was painfully obvious at a week old (his name is actually "KnotHead" hahaha~most embarrassing name ever for such an intelligent guy. He is the good guy out of the 3). I took what was leftover and hoped for the best on the other two.
  6. HeatherKellyB

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    I can totally relate. Sitting outside with my daughter and watching my birds is my favorite thing to do, no doubt. Just wait until she starts wanting silkies, seramas, etc....... Oh my gracious! That's what got me into trouble. At 50 and counting, we still don't have the breed that she's named...
  7. HeatherKellyB

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    Knowing how similar your daughter is to mine, just a piece of advice, avoid Tractor Supply during chick days! We have sooo many chickens now and ducks are amazing creatures too! Chicken math is a very real thing and can have you by the collar of your shirt before you know it. Incubating eggs is...
  8. HeatherKellyB

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    I can't say for sure one way or another, but I've heard that fertilized eggs taste better. You'll need a broody hen or an incubator for them to develop into chicks though :-)
  9. HeatherKellyB

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    Absolutely no need for any embarrassment! We all had to start somewhere and I'm the first to admit that I have made sooooo many mistakes with my birds. We live, we learn. Thank you for what you do. Teaching isn't for just anyone. I always tell my daughter that only very special people can be...
  10. HeatherKellyB

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    My daughter's class hatched chickens whenever she was in 2nd grade. That's how we got our first 3, all roosters, of course! How old is your flock now? With 2 coops, you have room for a couple more pullets, right, hahaha! My daughter is 9, so I imagine her love is very much like my daughter's...
  11. HeatherKellyB

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    No, from what I've read, most BR's are good. It goes back to the individual personality. I LOVE my BR hens so much
  12. HeatherKellyB

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    He is a Plymouth Barred Rock. Barred is his coloring :-)
  13. HeatherKellyB

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    She is in love with him. He looks so much like my Le'Shawn! Thankfully my boys aren't mean when they're being held, so my daughter is so happy whenever I get them for her to hold. She looks just as happy as your daughter when holding our BR, Le'Shawn. You're absolutely correct, there is no...
  14. HeatherKellyB

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    I will say that my smaller guys are far more scrappy than my big guys. The bantams are relentless in fighting. My original bachelor Flock has 3 roosters. Two large marans/Crested Cream Legbar crosses and one Barred Rock. The Barred Rock is noticeably smaller but was 2nd in charge. There was a...
  15. HeatherKellyB

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    The boys are always the favorites! That's why I have SOOOO many cockerels and roosters. Even after turning into jerks, my daughter is the only reason most of them are alive. I'm embarrassed to admit how many cockerels & roosters I have. My neighbors probably hate me.
  16. HeatherKellyB

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    I do not free range my roosters/cockerels with my pullets/hens, especially if the boys spend their days away from/separated from the girls. Mating is the ONLY thing on their mind because they haven't been able to get to the girls all day. They may protect somewhat, but in my flock, predators...
  17. HeatherKellyB

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    I agree. Each bird varies according to their own personality. I have a Bachelor pad and they fight occasionally but it's only when the pecking order is getting rearranged. Otherwise, they do fine together. I haven't been successful in adding more cockerels but the ones that have been together...
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