I have no idea what to do

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Maxamus, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

    69
    1
    41
    Oct 16, 2014
    Hello, so about 3 months ago I bought 4 month old chickens (Hens I was told). I got my first egg Christmas Eve and was super pumped but was only getting 1 egg every 2 days. Out of 3 chickens that surprised me, then one of my hens crowed. I an certain that 2 of my (Hens) are roosters. I have raised these chickens, cared for them, grew attached to them and now I have to get rid of 2 of them. The laws were I live say you can't have any roosters but I love those **** things! My parents say I have to take them back within the week because the crowing is waking them up, and replace them with hens. I have no idea what to do. Please help.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,701
    2,656
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    can you post pictures?
    If they're crowing in the morning, 99.999% chance they're roosters and even if they're crowing hens, they need to go.
    Even if you were allowed to keep them, you can't keep 2 roosters with a single hen or they'd breed her to death or kill each other trying. You need at least 8 hens per rooster.
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014
  3. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

    8,679
    3,364
    441
    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    It doesn't seem that you have a choice. The law says you can't have roosters, so the roosters have to go. Even if it were legal, your parents have told you that they have to go, so you need to do what they say. I don't know if you're a minor or not, but you obviously are living with your parents in their home, so you need to respect them. (After all, they let you have the chickens in the first place) It's a hard thing to do, but if you can take them back and replace them with hens, I would suggest you do so.
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    17,028
    5,330
    501
    Mar 9, 2014
    Oregon
    My Coop
    Agreed - unfortunately, the situation "is what it is". You mention "taking them back" - did the birds come from a source that will be willing to accept them back? If so, that is the solution - if not, you will have a harder go of it as finding a place for roosters can be tricky, but there are things you can do to facilitate their placement such as advertising on CL, FB groups, etc.
     
  5. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Overrun With Chickens

    4,710
    1,336
    356
    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    instead of thinking of the individual birds, think of the flock. Really though if you are getting rid of the roos, it might be better to get rid of the hen too. A single bird is stressed, chickens are a flock animal, but if you get chicks, they cannot be put with the single hen for several months, or she will attack them. It would be best to do one of these thing:

    1. Let all the birds go, get sex-linked chicks so you get pullets to raise up in your current set up. Advantages is that they will fit in your current setup, and you are sure of getting hens. Disadvantage is that your 6 months from getting eggs.

    2. Let the roosters go, get full grown hens, this will take some integration. The new birds will not be immediately accepted, and there will be some scrabbling and pecking. Advantages is that you will be getting eggs, disadvantages is that you may need to separate them for a while, does your setup allow you to do that? And this time of year, it may be difficult to find birds at this age.

    3. Keep you hen, get chicks, in separate quarters, raise up chicks keeping them separate from your hen until they are between 16-20 weeks. This again needs separate coop/run set up.

    Mrs K
     
    2 people like this.
  6. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

    69
    1
    41
    Oct 16, 2014
    What in kinda thinking is I take the 2 Roos back to the farmer that I bought them from, and pick up new hens. I don't have an advanced setup but I could use a dog cage maybe
     
  7. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Just keep in mind that, as mentioned by Mrs. K, it's often very difficult integrating new birds, especially in such a small group. If you don't have the set up to keep them separate from your one hen, but next to each other for a couple weeks so they can get used to each other, then you are probably better off to return all the birds and start over with sexed chicks from a hatchery or point-of-lay pullets. To me that would be a lot less headache then integrating in a restrictive space.
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014
  8. Maxamus

    Maxamus Out Of The Brooder

    69
    1
    41
    Oct 16, 2014
    I hate this so much, I really want to keep my hen. Her name is Mable and she is like a pet to me.Ill go out in run and she'll sit ony lap to eat grain. I'll even put her up on my shoulder and do my chores in the back yard. How would I get a setup that would keep them around each other but not with each other.Please tell me anything you can
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014
  9. BayBay Peepers

    BayBay Peepers Overrun With Chickens

    5,157
    1,106
    338
    Apr 5, 2013
    Wisconsin
    Can you post a picture of your set up now? Or describe it in detail? We're all for throwing out ideas :)
     
  10. pastryman

    pastryman Chillin' With My Peeps

    113
    14
    83
    Dec 12, 2012
    I would just get two new hens (not young chickens) and keep them with Mable. There will be a little pecking, but they will soon get along.
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by