Hi! I'm a newbie with some questions.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bakinghomesteader, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. bakinghomesteader

    bakinghomesteader Out Of The Brooder

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    How often do you handle the chicks?
    When can you know if you got girls or boys from your straight run?
    Thanks! We have 17 chicks and we are so excited! Here are some of them. The only ones I know for sure are the barred rocks.

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  2. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    you can hadle them as much as you want some like to be handled while some not, but telling the sex is diffrent for diffrent breeds as some breeds can be told by the color while others you can tell by feathering while others you have to wait for their secondary characteristics like the redder comb and waddles or the hackle or saddle feathers getting pointy
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  3. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I handle my chicks a lot. Just make sure you wash your hands before and after handling. It's good for you and your chicks health. Most chicks will take time to see if their males or females. Barred rocks are the easiest for me to tell if they are male or females by the white spot on their head. Like the one in the top of the photo with the small white spot is a female and the one in the bottom of the pic, should be a male. It's not always fullproof, but it usually works for me. Congrats on your new babies, enjoy!! [​IMG]
     
  4. bakinghomesteader

    bakinghomesteader Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, what is a waddle, hackle, or saddle feathers? Sorry [​IMG]
     
  5. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
    Hayward, Ca
    Waddle-things that hang from bottom of beak area
    Hackle- is the feathers on the chickens neck
    Saddle- the feathers on the chickens back/rump
     
  6. bakinghomesteader

    bakinghomesteader Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a light yellow one with a fatty spot on the breast area? Is that a waddle?
     
  7. Fowl Visions

    Fowl Visions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No that's the crop and it is where the food is stored when a chick eats so they can break it down and digest it.

    It will be a few weeks before you will see the waddles and combs.
     
  8. bakinghomesteader

    bakinghomesteader Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, gosh, now I feel like a dork! Thanks for the info! [​IMG]
     
  9. Bock_Bock

    Bock_Bock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 13, 2008
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    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

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