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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LMWagers, Aug 11, 2015.

  1. LMWagers

    LMWagers New Egg

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    Hello everyone! I'm new to raising chickens, I have RIR'S and I'm wondering how to figure out if I have all hens. My chickens are 6 months old and only one is laying as of right now.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] By 6 months, any cockerels should be crowing and exhibiting pointy hackle and saddle feathers. Pullets will have more rounded hackle and sickle feathers.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You can post photos at "what breed or gender is this." Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
  5. LMWagers

    LMWagers New Egg

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    One of my chickens is making a whoing sound, is this normal for RIR s ?
     
  6. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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    Not sure that any sort of "whoing" sound is normal for any breed. Are there any other things that stand out about the bird?
     
  7. LMWagers

    LMWagers New Egg

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    No, she just started this last night, I'm keeping a special eye on her, the vet is on speed dial. I have never heard this sound from any of my babies, so any help is greatly appreciated
     
  8. LMWagers

    LMWagers New Egg

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    One of my girls is acting odd. She's not being social with the others, she's trying to "talk" but she's being EXTREME soft spoken, not eating or drinking much and seems to have lost some weight. I'm taking her to the vet Wednesday, but I'm worried something is going to happen to her. PLEASE HELP
     
  9. LMWagers

    LMWagers New Egg

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    Can anyone tell me what this is and how I can treat it?[​IMG]
     
  10. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks for joining us!
     

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