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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by JourneyDays, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. JourneyDays

    JourneyDays New Egg

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    About a month ago a friend gave me 2 Rhode Island Red hens and a rooster.They are about 5 months old. I grew up on a farm and we had chickens, however that was 40 yrs ago. Now I finally live in the country again and need to learn this all over again. Thanks so much for the Welcomes, I'm sure this site and all of you will be just what I need.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    The Learning Center is a great place to start. Then branch out to the forums that interest - ie; Raising Backyard chickens.

    To meet people from your area go to "where am I, where are you," in the social forum. You can then locate and post on your state thread.

    welcome to BYC
     
  3. JourneyDays

    JourneyDays New Egg

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    Anyone around the c N.E. Oregon or S.E. Washington area?
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. You might want to consider getting some more hens to go with that rooster if you're planning on keeping him. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens for good reason. Roosters can be very hard on hens physically; over-breeding them, injuring them with their beaks and spurs, and battering them, and Rhode Island Red roosters in particular can be aggressive. I currently have 25 hens, no roosters, and I get loads of eggs without feeding any non-egg laying mouths, without the aggression, fights, crowing in the middle of the night, injuries, and over-bred and battered hens that frequently goes along with having roosters (especially too many). Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.
     
  5. JourneyDays

    JourneyDays New Egg

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    I am going to get 4 more hens this weekend. I know for sure that 2 of the hens are speckled Wyandotte and Blue Andalusian. They are about the same age as my Rhodies. This is what happens when I tell ppl I want more hens....this are being given to me also.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    The more you can get to go with your rooster, the better off your hens will be. :eek:)
     
  7. JourneyDays

    JourneyDays New Egg

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    I haveca small hen house right now. So I dont know about getting alot more hens just yet. My rooster was found as a chick onnthe side of the road, and was loved and well taken care of by tha gal that gave him to me. His is very friendly. Is his being rough with the hens now at 5 months something I need to worry about now or can this wait til spring when I can build a bigger coop?
     
  8. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    You shouldn't keep roosters that are rough with hens, however they can be a bit clumsy at first when they are learning to mate. If he gets so rough he is hurting them or really damaging their feathers, you might want to separate him or rehome him.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
     
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     

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