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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Husemy, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. Husemy

    Husemy New Egg

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    Hi everyone,

    We are new chicken keepers living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. We started off with 4 chicks from a farm and raised them in our spare room as the heat here in the summer can get to around 50 celsius, we were told 2 were french and 2 were kuwaiti chickens but that didn't really tell us what breeds they were. One we were told was a cochin (a little ball of fluff with feathery feet), another was grey/blue which we think could be mixed fayoumi and other 2 have grown to look alike even though one was yellow chick and the other brown chick and now both have grown they are brown with reddish long neck feathers possibly rhode island red or hampshire red (maybe one of each).
    We tried to sex our chicks from information on the internet and youtube videos and we thought we had 2 males and 2 females ~ boy, was we wrong, the ones we thought were females turned out to be males which made us change their names, the cochin was female and the other female turned out to also be a male. So we had 3 males and a poor cochin hen. We bought an extra 2 pullets (possibly buff orpingtons) from the animal market about 6 months old to add to our flock but we still need more hens.
    This is our flock for now, but would love to try hatch some chicks in the future. I keep threatening to get rid of 2 of the cocks as they all keep trying to mate the same girl.

    Thank you all for all your input on this site, its really helping and educating us in keeping our chickens.
     
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] If you post pics of your flock in the What Breed Or Gender is This? forum section we can have a go at guessing their breeds. It sounds like you have your hands full with the males. It may be easier if you rehome one or two of them and then get some more hens to keep the remainder happy. The recommended male to female ratio is around 8-12 hens per cockerel.

    Enjoy the site!
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You need more hens or less roosters. The roosters will severely overbreed the hens you have now to the point of damage and possibly even death. Hens will lay eggs whether you have a rooster or not. They are usually much less stressed if the roosters are OUT of the picture. If you require fertile eggs for hatching maybe you could arrange short rooster visits with the hens- and then they go back to bachelor camp, so damage to hens will be minimal.
     
  4. Husemy

    Husemy New Egg

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    Thank you both for your replies, my chickens are free ranging all day and go into their small coop at dusk , we are in the process of having another larger coop built so we could then separate the guys from the gals but until then its difficult to separate them unless we lock some of them up in the coop. We have tried to re-home the cocks but no one seems to want them.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. I hope you can figure out a way to solve your excess rooster problem.
     
  6. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us.
     
  7. petrel

    petrel Chats with Chickens

    Welcome to BYC. Please heed the advice given above soon.
     
  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    X2 on the rooster situation. You are going to lose your hen if you keep letting two roosters mate her. Separate the roosters to their own quarters for now.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2014
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     

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