Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Sirius452, Feb 15, 2015.

  1. Sirius452

    Sirius452 In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2015
    Hi everyone, I've been reading this forum for months and want to say hello and test this picture thing. So here goes:

    This is my rooster Chickoletta, who the kids found as a chick from a feral population.

    This is Bertha, who I picked up at the feedstore to keep Chickoletta company.

    And lastly is One-Eyed Betty.

    I'm new to keeping chickens. The 3 I have are 8 months old or so. Mostly I've been pouring over aggressive rooster threads wondering if my perfectly pleasant rooster is going to turn into a jerk. I'm also concerned that I have only two hens for my rooster but he does mate with the ferals as well and so far I have seen no sign of over mating the girls.

    I've been so pleased thus far with the the chickens. It's so hard not to go crazy and break my 5 chicken self imposed limit.

  2. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chirping

    Sep 17, 2014
    Southern Oregon
    Welcome to BYC, Great Pictures. Thanks for sharing.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice looking rooster, and hens. I think your rooster is able to satisfy himself with the feral chickens. I would just worry that with him going back and forth to them and your flock, that he may carry diseases or parasites along with him. He may even persuade your hens to go feral with him. Do you have a secure coop and a covered run? Maybe you could convince him to become a family man on your property only. BTM Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. Drumstick diva has given you some good advice. I would be concerned as well about Chickoletta carrying diseased or parasites from his feral flock to Bertha and One-Eyed Betty. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your flock.

  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member 9 Years

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member 8 Years

    May 11, 2010
    [​IMG] Love the names!
  7. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager 5 Years

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us. Great photos.

  8. Sirius452

    Sirius452 In the Brooder

    Jan 19, 2015
    Thanks for the welcome everyone. I do worry about disease. I have a 10x10 coop that all 3 of my chickens sleep in but no run. I have an acre and a half fenced with 6 ft fence that my hens cannot get over. That is their run as such. The ferals and my rooster have little trouble with the fence though. It is not my rooster leaving as much as the feral group coming into my yard to forage with my group that happens. They raid my coop, eat my organic chicken feed and lay their eggs in my boxes.
    By setting up a feeding station with scratch near their roosting tree I've managed to stop them from taking over my coop and pushing my own chickens out. I try to spread their food out so that poop doesn't pile up in the same place. Nevertheless, keeping them out is impossible and I enjoy free ranging my birds. My hens spend nearly as much time with the feral hens as my rooster, so I am resigned to considering them all one biosecure group.
  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!

  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome![​IMG] I'm glad you joined the BYC flock.

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