New chicken momma to some great hens and a hormonal rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by TinyPterodactyls, Aug 14, 2019 at 5:38 AM.

  1. TinyPterodactyls

    TinyPterodactyls In the Brooder

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    Hey everyone!
    First time chicken owner here! Let me tell you about my flock! (Any words of wisdom welcome!) I've had my first flock for a little over 4 months now, and things are going pretty well! My flock was supposed to be all hens but, naturally, we were surprised by a big man who we ironically named Steve French before we knew he was a rooster. He is a Rhode Island Red. Steve has recently earned his big boy rooster crow, and has since become a real pain in our butts, as well as annoying my ladies. He has been running after my labrador, and trying to sneak up on her and pick on her lately as well! He also always keep the ladies in check and sometimes makes a fuss when in petting them. He used to love to be held the most, but now he just runs after me.

    My ladies are the loveliest! I have 3 orpingtons and 3 Rhode Island Reds. They are mostly quiet, eat ALL the ticks around our yard, and love to be petted and talked to. We love having them around!

    No eggs yet, but we are impatiently waiting and checking everyday, as they have started singing the egg song and even sitting in the nesting boxes growling sometimes....stay tuned!

    Thanks for reading!
     
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  2. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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  3. cwils

    cwils Chirping

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    The one chick we gave a boy name to ended up being a cockerel as well! maybe we're on to something... ;)
     
  4. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

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    Congratulations on your new flock! I have had both Orps and RIRs and loved them both. In fact, my alpha hen is the sweetly named, Honey, a Buff Orp who will reach through fencing to steal grass from the pullets when she's free ranging and they're not -- just to prove she can take anything she wants from them whenever she wants.

    Your rooster sounds like a handful, but at least he looks after the ladies.

    Hope you see those first eggs soon!!
     
  5. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

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    Welcome :welcome Nice to have you here!
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

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    Welcome to BYC - good luck with Steve.
     
  7. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    Steve is acting like a lot of young cockerels do when the hormones hit. You should read up in the learning center to try to understand his behavior. I recommend this article.
     
  8. TinyPterodactyls

    TinyPterodactyls In the Brooder

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    Thank you!!!
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Champion

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    :welcome

    Make yourself at home here!
     
  10. john_wrightson2003

    john_wrightson2003 Songster

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    Hello and welcome to BYC. Thanks for joining our amazingly unique community! I hope that you enjoy your time here.

    This is a useful link to take a look at - “How to...” guides.

    Till Next Time,
    @john_wrightson2003
     

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