Hello from Tennessee!

WarnerChickieMama5

In the Brooder
Jun 18, 2017
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Hello Everyone!
I would like to take a minute and introduce myself. I'm Sheryll - a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, and a wee bit obsessed with my chickies! I currently have 5 chickens, all of which were supposed to be girls. This weekend we began noticing evidence that one of our lovelies is looking quite handsome! We live in a neighborhood with restrictions (no roosters and a limit of 6 chickens), but are planning to have moved to a nice little place in the country by the end of the summer, so am not too worried. I am curious...how old are roosters when they start crowing or fertilizing eggs?
Several years ago we had 4 hens, but these were all but wiped out by a much-despised raccoon. Our current senior hen, Nugget, is the queen mom of the yard and was the lone survivor. She is an Australorp and a 3 year old black beauty, who normally rules the roost...but that may have started changing this weekend. Our next oldest, Moony, is a bantam Australorp. She is a year old and a mini Nugget, except where Nugget is friendly, Moony is not. Our next three were all purchased two months ago, ranging from 6-12 weeks at the time. The Americana, who is the eldest and friendliest of the three, is Minnie...or possibly Mickey...this is yet to be determined, but it's looking quite likely that we have our first male. We also have a Cinnamon Queen, Cinnie. She is quite shy, but a lovely little lady. The youngest is Wynnie, a Silver-laced Wyandotte. She is incredibly curious and follows me every where. She has won my heart!
I look forward to gleaming much wisdom from the chicken world here. Thank you for accepting me into your numbers.
 

Pork Pie

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Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

Cockerels usually start crowing at around 4 months old, but this does vary from bird to bird. I had a 6 week chick crow - it scared him and the flock so much that they all ran for cover :lau He didn't crow again for a few months - poor thing.

They can be rather clumsy and hormone ridden when they hit puberty, so even if you see a cockerel mounting your girls, don't assume that he is on target. However, you can check eggs for fertility - these links should help -
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures
http://horseshoe.two61.com/files/2013/04/fertile-eggs21.jpg

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

All the best

CT
 

Yorkshire Coop

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Hi :welcome Sheryll

Glad you could join us here! Have lived reading through your intro and getting to know more about you. CT has left you some great links to check out and I'm sure you will find them very helpful. Good luck with your move to the country, that sure is very exciting.

Enjoy your time here on BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
 

WarnerChickieMama5

In the Brooder
Jun 18, 2017
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1
36
Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us.

Cockerels usually start crowing at around 4 months old, but this does vary from bird to bird. I had a 6 week chick crow - it scared him and the flock so much that they all ran for cover :lau He didn't crow again for a few months - poor thing.

They can be rather clumsy and hormone ridden when they hit puberty, so even if you see a cockerel mounting your girls, don't assume that he is on target. However, you can check eggs for fertility - these links should help -
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures
http://horseshoe.two61.com/files/2013/04/fertile-eggs21.jpg

You'll find lots of info in the Learning Centre - https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/category/learning-center.11/ and if you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource - https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/topic-of-the-week-thread-archive

You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area - http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread#post_3239224

All the best

CT[/

I need to ask a complete newbie question...how do I join this thread with my state thread???
 

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