Hello from Virginia

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by halifax, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. halifax

    halifax New Egg

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    Just started with chickens again, had them growing up many moons ago. Ordered 15 straight run New Hampshire reds. Received 17 chicks back in April and kept them in the basement till they were 4 weeks. Moved them to the coop with a heat lamp to make sure they adjusted to the temps. They are now over 8 weeks old and we ended up having 8 rosters from the 17. [​IMG]
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Aww... what cutie pies! Yes, straight runs will yield lots of roosters! Males are way more common than females for some reason. The ratio of rooster to hen is 1 roo for every 8 to 10 hens. Roosters will over mate less hens and this will kill them. Many roosters will learn to get along without killing each other if they are raised together. And especially if you give them enough room to all have their harem of hens. Some roosters that are not hard on the hens can keep a flock of 5 or 6 hens, but always watch hens are not being over mated. (Lots of lost feathers on the backs of the hens) Over mating causes injury to hens, the can go off their food and water and stop laying)

    Great to have you aboard and we do welcome you to our flock! :)
     
  3. Jucodeo

    Jucodeo The Sky is Falling!

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    [​IMG] @halifax and [​IMG]!
    Wow you have a lot of roosters lol. That is about half what bad luck, unless you wanted a lot of roosters! If I got that many roosters I would be like [​IMG] lol. I love that pic of them usually I have to recommend the Family Life forum, but anytime they post pics right away it makes my job easier so thanks! That is great you are getting back into chicken raising most people have them as a kid and bring them back into their adult life which I love to see!

    I have some links to give you. Some of them are unique, based on your intro so some people I may direct to different forums, but the only one I recommend every time is the Learning Center. It is the most important place on here to learn about chickens and other poultry so you should definitely check that out!
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
    These ones will help you better if you need helo in a certain area of expertise
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/2/managing-your-flock
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/26/where-am-i-where-are-you
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc

    I hope you enjoy BYC and since you already posted awesome pics I do not have to recommend the Family Life forum, but just in case you want it I will leave it here
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/40/family-life-stories-pictures-updates

    I hope you and your babies are doing good and expect some eggs in about 4 months so excited for you!
    Justin [​IMG]
     
  4. halifax

    halifax New Egg

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    Thanks for the welcome and I have learned more from this site then I thought I knew. They are 8 weeks old now. [​IMG]

    Made the coop from 1 x 8 I had, the run is about 75 sq ft. I did put 2 strands of electric fence outside at the bottom to deter dogs, opossums etc.[​IMG]
    Before paint. 8 nesting boxes and 3 row by 6 feet of roosting area.
     
  5. halifax

    halifax New Egg

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    I will thin out the roosters this fall, maybe down to 2 or 3.

    Aubrey
     
  6. halifax

    halifax New Egg

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    I'm not sure if the pictures show it, but I have 2 barrels that fill up from rain the supply the water using a float valve. I do remember carrying 5 gallon buckets of water as a kid. Didn't want to worry about that. I will have to carry water this winter as I will need to empty the barrels.

    Aubrey
     
  7. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey Halifax, welcome to BYC. You have some very cute chicks, shame about eight of them being roosters.. Not really sure what you can do about that. :/ Hmm well I hope you figure it out. Be sure to explore the forums, cya around!
     
  8. halifax

    halifax New Egg

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    I'll thin out the roosters to 2 or 3 this fall.

    Aubrey
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Nice to meet your Aubrey - Welcome to Backyard chickens :)
     

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