How am I only now finding out about backyardchickens?!

AndreaKash

In the Brooder
May 21, 2017
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So I'm going to use the template because Hey, why not! :)

(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? : Our chickens are a little over a year old. We got them from TSC last spring. After reading and planning for 2 years I decided to take the leap and I couldn't be happier!!!

(2) How many chickens do you have right now? We currently have 7 chickens and 2 ducks.
1 rooster, 5 hens, 1 bitty that just hatched 5 days ago! and 2 Pekin ducks. I have no idea if they are male or female. (any advice would help) our ducks are about 3 months old and HUGE.

(3) What breeds do you have? We have 2 black sex links, 3 isa brown, 1 beautiful brown and black chicken that I have been trying to 6 months to identify with no luck, 2 peking ducks and 1 little chick that I THINK is a mix of isa brown and black sex link and looks like its going to be absolutely beautiful!

(4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? I hit on the site over the fall when one of my hens got a respiratory infection, and when the same hen went broody this spring I decided to join up.

(5) What are some of your other hobbies? Aside from raising a 5 year old, 3 rowdy dogs and 1 very naughty cat! I'm a pharm tech and active (that is an understatement) reader. Not much time or anything else!

(6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. Well to expand on my previous answer, I have a 5 year old son. He is always thrilled to help with the flock and has had an amazing time seeing our chick hatch and mom take care of him. Unfortunately the others didn't make it but I think its a good learning experience for him. We have an 8 yr old yorkie Dexter that we have raised from a pup, a 4 year old dutch shepherd who has tried my patience over the years but is amazingly protective of my son and really a good girl (when she wants to be) an 8-9ish year old lab that we rescued. My husband saw someone dump her on the side of the road. My poor girl was extremely underweight and frightened but they has the sweetest personality of any animal I have every encountered and I only wish we could have had her for her whole life. Then theres Fred....a very loving cat (he's a mamas boy) but he is a escape artist and I am forever wondering the woods around our house calling for him. To many coyotes in the area for my liking! So basically we have a crazy house full of animals and we wouldn't have it any other way! :)
 

WynnFamilyFarms

Chirping
Mar 4, 2017
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Mississippi
The easiest way to sex your ducks is to pick them up. If they quack and make lots of noise, it's a female. If it makes a raspy sort of noise that isn't very loud, it's a male. Our Pekin females are never quiet while our male sounds like a chainsmoker!

Welcome to BYC!!
 

AndreaKash

In the Brooder
May 21, 2017
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The easiest way to sex your ducks is to pick them up. If they quack and make lots of noise, it's a female. If it makes a raspy sort of noise that isn't very loud, it's a male. Our Pekin females are never quiet while our male sounds like a chainsmoker!

Welcome to BYC!!

In that case I'm pretty sure we have two ladies lol because they are LOUD!
 

drumstick diva

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Thank you for joining us at Backyard chickens.

Even I learn something new every day here. For instance I never knew drakes were chain smokers I will file that away for future reference.
 

21hens-incharge

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Male ducks have one feather above the tail that curls. Females do not and their feathers lay smoothly from the back down the tail.

Not all breeds have that trait but Pekin ducks do.
 

AndreaKash

In the Brooder
May 21, 2017
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Male ducks have one feather above the tail that curls. Females do not and their feathers lay smoothly from the back down the tail.

Not all breeds have that trait but Pekin ducks do.
They defiantly do not have a curled feather. Thats a relief to because I heard that on the off chance I had a drake and it tried to mate one of my chickens it could really hurt one of my girls *PHEW*!
 

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