new and need some help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ladyelfstone, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. ladyelfstone

    ladyelfstone New Egg

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    Hello!

    I am so glad I found this forum [​IMG]

    I am new to raising chickens and have learned many things the hard way this year [​IMG]
    I have lost several birds and my kids have been heartbroke. I am hoping by posting and reading here, things will get better!

    At this point we have 19 chickens and 3 ducks. One big problem is I have 10 roosters and 9 hens (ACK!!!). I have no idea how to keep them from fighting. They also have a tendency to "fly the coop". They like running in the yard, but we also have dogs and I don't want the dogs to kill them!

    If I am unable to sell or trade my extra roosters, what do I do?

    Thanks!
     
  2. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello and [​IMG]

    It is hard when you have too many roosters. If you can't find them new homes, I guess the only thing left to do other then make them a bachlor pad (house all the roosters together in a seperate pen away from hens) would be freezer camp (making them into dinner) [​IMG] . A good ratio is one rooster per 10 hens.
    Good Luck!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. I agree with sunny. Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  5. pioneer

    pioneer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have to agree w/ sunny also. It is AWFUL when they fight!!!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. MSDeb

    MSDeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC, glad you joined. Re-home or freezer camp for sure.
     
  7. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. I agree with sunny, too. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  8. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hello for Big Bear [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] try to re home, its hard.
     
  9. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a small backyard flock. For me, it's worth paying the extra money for pullets rather than just getting straight run. Since I'm fairly new to chickens myself, I've also decided to stick with sex-linked chickens. I only have hens, no roosters. I prefer it that way for now since I don't have to make difficult decisions about what to do with the roosters. Good luck!
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  10. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Louisiana!
     

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