Hello to all chicken mamas, papas, and ma-pas! I had been doing tons and tons of research about what it is like to have chickens. And after careful consideration, planning, building of a coop, and a spontaneous trip to the local feed store almost three weeks ago, (breath) I NOW HAVE 12 WONDERFULLY SWEET BABY CHICKIES! Okay, okay. I may be guilty of ranting about my little ones to anyone who will listen. If there's a quiet moment in daily conversation, I automatically ask "Do you want to see pictures of my chickens?!" My husband has begun tuning me out about 10 minutes into my "chicken spiels", consisting of silly antics my babies do, fun facts about chickens, future plans for them... Oh man, you'd think I was in love. (Which i am.) Aaaaaaanyway, I've got 4 Rhode island reds, 3 rainbow dixies, 3 bantams, and 2 barred rocks. I wanted a colorful flock, and their feathers are coming in nicely already! I believe I have three roos in the bunch. I deciphered this through observation of their dark pink combs/ wattles, big feet, attitudes, and them being the last to grow tail feathers. One of the Barred rocks, whom I call Beefy, Spark the Rhode island red and one of the dixies, Moro. The smallest, and prettiest bantam, Daisy may also be a roo, for she/he made the strangest mini-crow the other day. Neck stretched and all. Daisy is hubby's favorite, she/ he will fall asleep nearly instantly when he holds her/ him. Daisy is at the very bottom of the pecking order, likely due to her/ his size, docile nature, and unique color. Racist birds? Is that a thing? All the ladies are pretty great, super friendly and curious. They eat out of my hand and jump on my lap when I bring them outside. No bad cases of bullying or injuries, yet! Many chest bumps are beginning to be had, however! All of the roos are incredibly friendly and enjoy a good petting. Does anyone think they will continue to be friendly post-testosterone poisoning? I am kind of nervous and clueless to this process, and I know it'll happen sooner or later. I already ordered chicken saddles way ahead of time, because I heard they were good for when the roos get over-enthusiastic. How else do you deal with this part of a roo's life?