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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GoldenCometKeeper, Jun 3, 2017.

  1. GoldenCometKeeper

    GoldenCometKeeper Just Hatched

    Jun 3, 2017

    I am a fairly new chicken raiser, and I must say, chickens are addictive. :)
    I bought 6 chicks from Tractor Supply back in March. They turned out to be what I suspect are Golden Comets and are pretty little girls.
    In May I bought more chicks from a hatchery and they sent me two extra, so now I have 6 Rhode Island White hens, and 1 "Cherry Egger" cockerel. They will be 3 weeks old on Monday!

    Sadly, due to poor dog-proofing, 3 of my original flock, the Golden Comets, were killed. Which meant I lost the most tame, and my personal favorite, Peggy. She was a sweet little girl that would scramble to sit on me for a quick nap before her sisters found a way to get her attention.

    My dog-proofing has improved, and now I have Polly, Blanche, and Olive remaining. Polly uses me as her personal jungle gym and alerted me to their growing ability to fly by landing on my shoulder one day when my back was turned!

    Anyways, now that the new chicks have grown accustomed to me, the hens all want to jump on me and climb up my arms. The cockerel, not so much. He is more aloof and "dignified." :p

    I can even call them to me by clicking my tongue a bit. They are lovely little creatures.

    With love,
  2. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2017
    My Coop
    Welcome to Backyard Chickens!!! Great to have you!! Sorry for your loss! I lost 5 of mine to a opossum, and another to the heat.
  3. 1TurkenLover

    1TurkenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2013
    WASHINGTON state
    :clap Chicken Math @ it's best.

    IZZYBELLA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2013
    Welcome! Chickens are wonderful creatures to have around. Very entertaining and smarter than people give them credit for! Enjoy!
  5. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcomed to BYC - so glad you've joined us. Sorry the predator proofing lesson came the hard way.
    Glad you are enjoying your new birds - an aloof cockerel is not a bad thing, when they become overly familiar bad behavior becomes more likely to be a problem.
    drumstick diva likes this.
  6. vachick15

    vachick15 Chillin' With My Peeps

  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Welcome to Backyard chickens. So sorry for your loss. Your new girls sound like real sweethearts.

    OlGreyMare is certainly right about cockerels. If you get too friendly with him, he will consider you one of his flock instead of ALPHA.

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