Hello from Oakland!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by OaklandChickens, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. OaklandChickens

    OaklandChickens Chirping

    Dec 2, 2009
    We got 3 baby chickens back in July, built our own little coop, and now have 3 happy and healthy juveniles running around the yard when we let them, fascinating the neighborhood housecats. This website is a great resource for us newcomers to small-scale animal husbandry! One question I've seen come up more than once, and which has been driving us mad for months now, is sexing young chickens. Ours were supposed to be all hens, but one of them has had a couple troubling episodes of crowing (once for a few days at 2 months, then two days this week - about 5 months). To look at him/her I'm just not convinced one way or another, but I'm not feeling too optimistic. We're not allowed to have roosters in Oakland, so we'll be looking to re-home the poor thing. Anyone have any opinions???


  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
  3. Woods_Woman

    Woods_Woman Songster

    Oct 21, 2009
    Oregon Rain Forest
    Hello [​IMG] I am a city dweller too with 3 Chickens in Portland OR. I would post your photo in the What breed Or Gender section of the board they will know for sure. Good luck & Welcome to the gang.
  4. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Songster

    Oct 25, 2009
    South San Diego, Cali
    We are in San Diego and not allowed to have roosters either, but I love my roo. I built him a "cock box" which is a small plywood brooder type box that has insulation on it. I keep it in the garage. My roo stays in there at night and crows his heart out all night and early morning and no one hears him. Thank god he is quiet during the day.
  5. OaklandChickens

    OaklandChickens Chirping

    Dec 2, 2009
    I think our neighborhood is a little too dense to try to secret him away - can't imagine the insulation it would take!
  6. gpamela3499

    gpamela3499 Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Near San Fran Ca
    Hi from over near Concord in Contra Costa. Sorry about your rooster. I too had to get rid of two roosters that I bought as pullets it was sad. Lot's of luck to you
  7. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

    Jul 24, 2009
    [​IMG] EE rooster.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2009
  8. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

  9. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Songster

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    [​IMG] from WI. Nice bird, but looks like a roo to me..... I have a similar situation, have 6 chickens that I got as pullets between ages 3 and 6 weeks. (not at the same time.....) Needless to say, Lucy, my RIR is not going to lay any eggs anytime soon. Make that never.....I had a suspicion from about 7 weeks of age, now at 17 weeks denial is not an option any longer. No crowing yet, my older girls pick on him plenty. I live in town and can not have a rooster. It took me over a week but I found a new home for him, he will move there next week. Not to become stew either [​IMG] Hope you can make suitabl arrangements once you are sure about the gender
  10. DragonFeathers

    DragonFeathers Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    [​IMG] from Maryland
    looks like a roo to me, but I'm not 100%

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