Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AmyLashley13, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. AmyLashley13

    AmyLashley13 Hatching

    Jun 8, 2016
    Hello, I am new to raising chickens. I am becoming an avid fan. I started a few months ago by hatching 1 out of 7 eggs in my kindergarten classroom. My students named it Pip and I became attached to it (him-I think Pip is a rooster.) After that, I bought 4 light brahma pullets from a friend and hatched 2 more eggs. And talked my husband into building me a coop and a run. I am sure that I will have many questions. My 1st being how to tell if my 2 week old chicks will be hens or roosters.
    Thank you in advance for all of the help.

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Nice to meet you Amy. You'll probably need to wait longer (more like another month) to discover what you have? You can then post photos at "what breed or gender is this.
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So glad you could join our community! You have definitely come to the right place for all the fun and learning.

    When they grow up a bit more, you can as Drumstick Diva has mentioned, post some pics in our What Breed and Gender section for help with the sexes...

    With many breeds, the cockerels will be slower to feather and retain their fuzz a lot longer that pullets. And many times by the age of 1 or 2 months, a cockeral's comb will be large and red, where as the pullets combs will still stay small and pale until closer to laying age.

    Also, stop by our learning center too. Lots of good articles on all the aspects of keeping poultry...

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on! Make yourself at home were and we do welcome you to our flock! :)
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. LaurelTree

    LaurelTree In the Brooder

    Jun 6, 2016
    Central Florida
    Welcome to BYC! And good luck getting everything going!
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined the flock!
  7. boutabrood

    boutabrood Hatching

    Jun 8, 2016
    Hi. I'm new to this. I have an Ancona female and she laid 16 eggs and sat on them diligently and they all went rotten. I had to finally remove the last two because of the odor. Now she won't give me any eggs. Is there something wrong? I thought they new if their eggs were fertile.

  8. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC!

    Broodies don't always know if eggs are fertile or not. Especially if they are new at being broody, or they are just so broody they set on them anyway.

    It takes a broody a while to start back up with laying. Her laying hormones have turned off in preparation for possible chick raising. So once she regains her strength and weight that she may have lost while brooding, she will get back to laying...a few weeks or so.

    Enjoy your flock! :)

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