Hi. I am new here. Actually, I have been visiting this site for awhile for information but just created a profile so that I can ask questions. I am fairly new to the whole chicken thing. I have had chickens since May. I started out with 4 little pullets from Atwoods and they disappeared that first night I went and got 4 more and then shortly after got a RIR rooster from craigslist. After my hens started laying, they disappeared one by one leaving me with my one RIR hen and my rooster. I then got 2 leghorns from a man on craigslist. So as of now I have 3 hens and a rooster in the coop outside. I also have 6 chicks in a box in the house that I hatched in the incubator. They were all born right before Christmas and they are very feisty. I still don't know what I am doing and am learning as I go. My RIR rooster seems to be sick. Is that common in the winter? He sounds like he has a cold or something. He eats and he drinks but he doesn't sound right. I try to pick him up and listen closer but he is mean!! He spurred the crap out of me when I tried to pick him up this morning. What do I do about him? Is this a wait and see type thing? I am very attached to all my chickens.