Hello from Western Illinois

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KATIECHICKENGAL, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. KATIECHICKENGAL

    KATIECHICKENGAL New Egg

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    My 15 year old daughter Katie has three chickens (we had hoped for all hens, but are now pretty sure we have two roosters) and is very much enjoying them! I am sure we will have lots of questions (she has had them about two months now) and will learn great info on this site. When they will cooperate, we will be posting pictures to get some opinions besides our own on sex.
     
  2. TwoCrows

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

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community!!

    Enjoy all your adventures and welcome to our flock!
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Roosters can be a problem - they can handle 10 hens, each. If they have less the hens will get overbred and damaged.
    Roosters rarely get along with each other after their hormones take hold. If you intend to keep both you will need a lot more hens, and have to maintain two flocks to keep some peace.
     
  6. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. X2 on drumstick diva's advice. The recommended ratio of hens to roosters is 10 to 1. Too many roosters will be very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and even potentially seriously injuring them. I currently have 25 hens and no roosters, and I get loads of eggs without all the aggression, fighting, unproductive mouths to feed, crowing in the middle of the night, and over-breeding and battering of hens that happens when you have roosters (especially too many). My hens are stress free and seem to be enjoying life without the roosters around. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
     
  7. LIChickens

    LIChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!

    One of the risks of raising your own chicks is that you can never be sure if they are pullets or cockerels. However raising them is too much fun to worry about that.

    You will find a lot of good information here. Keep on asking questions and you will get many good answers.

    You may also want to read the FAQ below.
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!
     
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

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  10. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     

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