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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JacquiJ, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. JacquiJ

    JacquiJ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2012
    Hey everyone! I rescued three chicks from UGA (the perks of being an avian biology major!): a polish, a Cochin, and a silkie. They are so sweet and almost 7 weeks old now. But I have a few questions.

    The polish is very spazzy and he loves to perch. Any recommendations how to calm him down and good perches for him?

    What are some good signs if they are hens or roos? I'm 90% positive the Cochin is a male since he already has a very red comb and wattle developing, but the others are so different from what I've worked with, that I just have no idea!!

    Look forward to hearing from y'all!

  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009

    I've head Polish Chickens can be more spastic. I don't raise them so I can't verify that.

    If you post pictures of them we can probably sex them for you.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I'm not familiar with that breed, sorry! If I have a jumpy chicken I try and spend as much time as possible with it and tame it. They usually calm down as they mature.
  4. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Hi and welcome to BYC!
    Spend time with them as mentioned above, and offer them plenty of treats. If you get at least one of them to trust you enough to eat from your hand, there's a good chance that the others won't want to miss out.
  5. Big A Chickens

    Big A Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2012
    Palmetto, Georgia
    Hi and[​IMG] So glad you joined us!!!![​IMG]
  6. CluckyCharms

    CluckyCharms Chillin' With My Peeps

  7. aaabirdman

    aaabirdman Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2012
    Welcome to BYC
  8. Red Barn Farms

    Red Barn Farms ~Friendly Fowl~

    Apr 12, 2012
    Kentucky Heartland
  9. jbirds2012

    jbirds2012 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 14, 2012
    paicines, ca.
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    :frow & :welcome from Alabama. Glad you joined us. I have Polish, and they can definitely have different personalities from other breeds. One reason being the crest on top of their head blocks a lot of their vision and sometimes trimming the crest can help. You might want to check out the Polish thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/585953/i-have-to-talk-polish

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