Hi from Teresa in Michigan with Light Brahmas

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by lilmstw72, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. lilmstw72

    lilmstw72 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2010
    Hi everyone! Teresa from Michigan here.

    Let me introduce myself as a newbie to the world of chickens. My hubby brought home 6 chicks in April from the local feed store as we agreed it would be a good 'project' for our children to experience. My daughter is 6 and son 3. My daughter named them all within the first couple of days and held them quite a bit while they were in a box in the kitchen for the first week or so. We were all pretty amazed at how quickly they grew and by the middle of May we had a chicken coop/run area built and heat lamp in place and chickens moved out from a much bigger crate that was in the garage. We bought 6 light brahmas that were supposed to be hens (95% probability)... well, at around 14 weeks "Chicken Nugget" began to crow and we realized we had a rooster on our hands. I did more research on the breed and thought oh no, we may have another rooster based on the wattles and comb but a month later no other crowing was coming from the coop so we thought we were safe. I gave the one rooster to a friend because I really don't need a rooster. Our plan was to have just some happy little laying hens. The day after we gave away Chicken Nugget, Missy started crowing! Now they are about 20 weeks old, I'm thinking we have 3 or 4 more roosters and only 1 or 2 hens. Pretty poor odds considering they were supposed to all be hens. Ugh!

    The good news is... we definitely have at least 1 hen since my daughter came in yesterday afternoon all excited about finding our 'first' egg! Yay! It was kind of small and I'm hoping they get bigger. She did another one today which as the same size.

    Well, now that I'm officially on the board, I'm going to look around and see if I can get some more answers before I ask a bunch of stuff that has already been answered.

  2. Leia's Chickens

    Leia's Chickens A Sunkissed Delight

    Jun 20, 2010
    [​IMG] from Oklahoma! [​IMG]
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Welcome from an imp in Washington

    Congrats on the chickens. Sounds like the store got them mixed up.

  4. shelleyb1969

    shelleyb1969 Star Bright Farm

    [​IMG] from the Thumb! [​IMG]
  5. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

    May 6, 2010
    My Coop
    Congratulations on your first egg! [​IMG] [​IMG] from Tucson, AZ.
  6. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    Welcome from Oregon and congrats on your first egg!
  7. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    [​IMG] fellow Michiganiac! From the West Branch area.

    Lots of other Michiganders on here. Maybe you could find a few pullets to help balance out your flock. Same thing happened with the Easter Eggers I got from TSC. 3 chicks = 3 roosters. I was hoping for at least 1 pullet but no luck.
  8. lilmstw72

    lilmstw72 In the Brooder

    Sep 4, 2010
    I'm hoping to find someone local to get some more layers from to balance the group out. I think I'll find a home for a couple of the roos. I wouldn't mind keeping one around just in case I decide to try to hatch some babies. We have got 1 egg a day for 3 days in a row now. My daughter is so excited to go check.

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