INDIANA BYC'ers HERE!

Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by jchny2000, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol definitely sounds like crazy talk. I'm no expert but comb and wattle size/growth at that age might tell you something....
     
  2. kkelsh14

    kkelsh14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey there everyone! Very excited to find a Hoosier BYC thread! I wish I had found this thread sooner. I have 11 hens (Black Stars, Jersey Giants, RIRs and an Ameraucana) and 18 Speckled Sussex eggs in the incubator, on day 2. In the Terre Haute area, haven't looked to see if there is anyone else from my town.
     
  3. toodlesmom

    toodlesmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That ring on a string business was popular thirty-four years ago when I was pregnant with son #1. Supposedly you could hold it over the pregnant belly and learn the gender of your child. It was big entertainment at baby showers back in those dark ages. It wasn't any more reliable with babies than it is with chickens.
     
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  4. pginsber

    pginsber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dare we ask what the guy does with the quail eggs in his falconry?
    Falconry sounds interesting. Are specific birds used for different falcon activities?
     
  5. bradselig

    bradselig Overrun With Chickens

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    He will be incubating and raising the quail to feed and train the falcons/hawks. There is a lot of steps and permits required to be a falconer. For the first two years you can only have one raptor and it has to be one of the 2 species, Redtailed Hawk or an American Kestrel. You also have to have a sponsor that will help teach you. It seems like a very interesting sport.
     
  6. racinchickins

    racinchickins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of the members on the Turkey 2013 thread has done some researching on sexing turkeys. She said that what she found works for chickens too. I did some searching, but couldn't find it, but here is what I can remember: Please take this as unproven, both in other people testing her hypothesis and my memory of exactly what she said......

    Take the chick/poult and turn it on its back in your hand. If it hold both legs close to its body, its a girl. If it tends to stick one or both legs out, its a male. Something to do with how a female will assume a more defensive posture and a male will be more assertive. She said it has proved very accurate for her.

    I did this with my two newest chicks, and they both showed female. It will be a while yet before I have confirmation one way or another, but I thought it was worth a try. I plan to try this on everything I hatch this spring and see how I end up. I haven't hatched any more autosexing CCLs since she posted this, but if anyone has any right now, it would be a quick way to see if it is reliable.
     
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  7. SallyinIndiana

    SallyinIndiana Overrun With Chickens

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    if they are heritage then at 4 -6 weeks the combs will be drastically different. I have not had a boy chick of the production breed so I can't help you there.
     
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  8. julie0477

    julie0477 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Heck I remember that from when I had my kids. I never tried it though. I did do the 'draino test' during my first pregnancy about ten years ago. I can't remember if it came out right but I remember the smell was horrible. lol Pretty sure that one won't work with chickens ;)

    Sally - that stinks! I'm sorry. I had high hopes for that little girl.

    My new pekin ducks are doing great. They had been someones pet ducks at some point - sleeping in the house, etc., so they are much tamer than the two I had originally. My kids love them, and the female has laid an egg every day since I got them. I'm so tempted to try to incubate but I know I'll end up with a bunch of baby boys!
     
  9. pginsber

    pginsber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's very interesting. It's reassurring to know that this animal sport is rigidly controlled. Seems like it would make for a higher standard of care for the birds. There are both of these hawks in my neighborhood, but I see the Kestrels much less frequently.
    I don't suppose they're carrying hawk hatching eggs at Foy's or any place common. You would probably be very good at this.
    At the Indiana state fair this year there was a really interesting talk about birds with several hawks and owls. I think it was designed for 10-year olds, but I enjoyed it.
     
  10. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    juile0477- glad there all doing good! I could tell the genders of mine ariund 7 weeks. No mine havent started laying.Their combs arent even slightley red. ^7 chickens and 2 eggs a day!
     

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