My Introduction to Backyard Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Bnemi, Nov 20, 2015.

  1. Bnemi

    Bnemi Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Everyone on BYC,

    I live in NW Ohio just a few miles south of Hillsdale, Michigan. I have had chickens for the last 3yrs. I work for the Ohio Department of Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation. Currently I have 2 Rhode Island Red Roosters and hoping to find some nice hens close by to purchase. The roosters were given to me. I am finding that these two are very smart and like to escape through the post and the barn. I really enjoy all the great information on this site.

    Thank You BYC[​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC, and good luck in increasing your flock.
     
  3. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome To BYC! Make yourself at home here. Good luck with your flock!
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. If you are going to keep both roosters, make sure that you get plenty of hens to go with them. The recommended ratio of roosters to hens is 1 rooster for every 10 hens. As they mature and their hormones kick in, too many roosters will become very hard physically on your hens; over-breeding them, biting and plucking the feathers from their necks and backs, battering them, and potentially, seriously injuring them. The only reason you really need a rooster with your hens is to fertilize eggs for hatching and 1 rooster can easily handle 10-15 hens in that regard. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
     
  5. Bnemi

    Bnemi Out Of The Brooder

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    So one question I do have, is how do you get all the feathers out of the wings should I butcher a rooster?
    I have Paraffin wax and a large pot burner ready to go. Just have questions on plucking wings...
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I never pluck our chickens. I've always skinned them. It's much faster than plucking, it removes all the feathers, and we never leave the skins on chickens anyway.
     
  8. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    We cut the wings off or breast them. Push your thumbs against the keel (breast bone) and push towards the wings and it should open the skin if done with enough force.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    Good luck finding some more hens for your roosters!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG]I'm squeamish so can't offer advice. But I can welcome you to Backyard chickens. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
     

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