Hello from (in a long drought) Texas Hill Country

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hikergal, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. hikergal

    hikergal New Egg

    Jun 16, 2011
    Morning! Or should I saw BaaawK? We live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with 4 goats, 7 horses, 2 indoor cats, a hen, a duck and 7 chicks. My former business associates in Atlanta would never believe I'm kind of a farm gal now - feeding the critters, mending fences, rescuing stuck goats, cleaning the coop, collecting eggs and LOVING it all!

    Got a question about introducing my 10 week old chicks to my "flock". I won't bore you with the details but through a series of events, my flock of 13 has dwindled to just one hen and one Indian Runner that I think is a drake. He was supposed to be a she when I bought the flock of hens from the breeder last spring (he threw in the duck because it was his only one) but has never laid and is very protective of my hen. He talks incessantly, and is especially loud if we get within 10 feet of him or the hen. He's never tried to mount her though. I mention that because when he was smaller, the roos I had were trying to mount him as much as they did the pullets. So I am still confused about "his" gender but assume he's a drake.

    The story is that I'm trying to build my flock of layers again so I got seven peepers about 8 weeks ago. They have been living in a separate coop with an attached run that is in the yard with the hen and the duck and their coop. We open the yard gate to let the hen and duck free range as well. Even when the gate is open the hen often hangs out around the chick run and the duck is usually beside her on guard. The other day we decided it might be time to start letting the chicks out in the yard. By the time we got three out of the run, the duck was attacking them. The hen didn't seemed fazed by their presence but I was afraid the duck was really going to hurt them (maybe I'm just being a protective mother). So we put them back in the run and decided to wait. I know that at some point we're going to have to try again and I'm worried. Are Indian Runners usually that aggressive and protective? Will he end up being the stand-in protective "roo" to my entire flock (assuming all my chicks are pullets)? The chicks are big enough now that I feel they're getting crowded in their run and I'd like to let them out in the big yard. They're fully feathered and at least half the size of my hen but they still peep. What to do??? Help!

    I don't see where/how to attach pix but will when I figure it out.
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 29, 2011
  3. Chickencoop1996

    Chickencoop1996 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2011
    southern nh
  4. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello and [​IMG]. It takes a while to learn how to use this site. I think you should post your question in the Flock Management section. There are lots of people that can help you with integrating your flock. Wishing you the best of luck and looking forward to seeing how this works out for you. [​IMG]
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. luvinmychickens

    luvinmychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011

    I'm new to BCY too, I just joined last night and I'm already getting a crowd and having fun!
  7. hikergal

    hikergal New Egg

    Jun 16, 2011
    Thanks for the tip Cambriagardener. I just posted my question to another thread.
  8. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
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  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Good luck. [​IMG]
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama.

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