Hello! New chicken owner :)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by abaobao, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. abaobao

    abaobao In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2013
    Hi! I'm new, both to the site and owning chickens. I live in a house with three others, and one day we thought 'hey! Let's get chickens!' so that's what we did, haha. I've been around chickens before, my boyfriend's parents have several and I've seen them a lot growing up, but this is the first time I've actively raised them.

    We have five. I have to double check with my roommate how old they are, but I'd say around 3 months. As far as we know, they're all female, though there is one that we're questioning. Mine is for sure a female, as it's a sex-linked gold, her name is Chai. We also have one Ameraucana, Wolfie, two Rhode Island Reds, Ingrit and IC, and one Plymouth Rock, Mumbly. Wolfie, the Ameraucana, is the one we're not sure whether it's a boy or girl. She's not any bigger than the others, but her tail feathers stick up straight and looks very different than the others. Chai, the sex linked, is the biggest so far.

    One main reason I've joined this forum is that I knew that eventually we would need help, this being our first time with chickens. We got them when they were tiny, only about a week old, and we felt very lucky that all have survived and grown so well. Now, however, we've reached a problem. I'm searching through the injuries forum to see if I can find something similar, but one of our Reds, IC, has a scab and isn't behaving normally. I just noticed today that she didn't follow the group around the yard, and instead stayed huddled in one spot. I picked her up and looked her over, and that's when I noticed the scab near her tail. It also looks as though she's being pecked by the other chickens. The other Red does as well, though she doesn't have any wounds and is acting normally. I put IC in the box under the heat lamp until I've figured out what to do.

    Other than that, I know I'll eventually have questions about their egg laying, but that's still a little ways away. Also, I'm still laboriously trying to get the cat to stop terrorizing them! He just sits and stares at them and they hate it!

    Anyway, pictures will come soon :) Glad I could find a good chicken forum!

    Oh, and I'm in Southern Oregon, and darn has it been cold lately, haha.

  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    [​IMG] to BYC!

    You might spray some Blu-kote on the scabbed area to not only help prevent infection, but it will help stop the others from picking at it.

    You have come to the right place when you have poultry! Good luck with all your babies and enjoy BYC!
  3. First things first [​IMG] great to see a new member .....

    Through up a photo of your soon to be alarm clock !!!!!!!!
    You will soon get your answer as the mails can often be identified


  4. abaobao

    abaobao In the Brooder

    Dec 27, 2013
    Never heard of blu-kote, I'll definitely give it a try! Pictures will probably be put up tomorrow :) It gets dark so darn fast these days!
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow Welcome to BYC and Happy Holidays! X3 on the Blu-Kote, you might find pictures of similar injuries searching under feather picking if that is what is going on with her. You can post pictures of Wolfie on the What Breed Or Gender Is This forum and people there might be able to tell you if s/he is a roo ...

  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Have you checked the one with the scab that isn't doing well - for signs of infection or maybe puncture wounds? Is she eating and drinking okay? When chickens have been pecked and bullied, they are sometimes kept away from food and water. With their feathers it's hard to see if they are losing weight. You might want to divide the run or coop with temporary wire fencing so they are safe to heal away from the bullies.

  9. chickenboy100

    chickenboy100 Songster

    Dec 23, 2013
    Southwest PA
    Welcome!! Glad you can join! I hope your bird gets better.

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