Greetings from the Heartland - Kansas City, MO

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by DeeAnn5, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. DeeAnn5

    DeeAnn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2013
    NW Missouri
    Hello. My husband and I purchased 2 Barred Rock hens from someone in Kansas (Craigslist) at the end of August. We have a small chicken tractor in our backyard that seems to be a good home for them. My favorite thing is to give them free range time and move the tractor to a clean area, then fill the next boxes with fresh hay. My birds are just so sweet and appreciative. They weren't pets at the place where we got them, and they were maybe about 3 - 4 months old. So that would make them 5 & 6 months old. No eggs or crowing yet. I have spent this weekend trying to figure out once and for all whether they are hens or roosters, and am going to post on that.

    This site has helped a lot, because I knew nothing about chickens. I got the grit and calcium and hopefully my chickens are really healthy - they seem really happy and I know how to tell if they get sick. I need to learn more about the food. For now I'm just feeding laying pellets that I buy by the pound. I was afraid to buy the 50 pound bag because I didn't want it to mold in my basement, and not be good for the chickens. I know a lot about wild birds and have a lot of experience with wildlife rescue. Love my Barred Rocks! My sister named them for me, Little and Patty.
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC!
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  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Are those your birds in your Avatar? Looks like one might be a boy.
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  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! Looks like you have a rooster and a pullet.
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  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC!
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  6. Teri Metcalf

    Teri Metcalf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2013
    College Station, Texas
    Greetings from Texas! If your barred rocks are 5-6 months old you will know their gender(s) soon enough. Hope you've got at least one hen.
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  7. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy!
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  8. DeeAnn5

    DeeAnn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2013
    NW Missouri
    oh thank you so much! We`ve learned also today from BYC that we should still be feeding the Grower food not the Layer and are going to definitely fix that. Sad to learn that Patty is a rooster, since a rooster is . not allowed here : ( The man we bought her from had told us he would replace the bird if she was a he. Very sad to lose Patty but the folks on my "gender" post today agreed. we wont return him immediately though. No Wonder he hasn`t laid an egg!;):idunno
  9. DeeAnn5

    DeeAnn5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2013
    NW Missouri
    Yes that`s Patty and Little in my avatar. We have not owned chickens before. Little loves to ride on my shoulder and sit in my lap : ) I can`t believe how fun they are or I would have bought them before now!
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

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