New chicks coming....first timer here!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by grullablue, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. grullablue

    grullablue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Madison, Wisconsin
    We have quite a variety of critters around here, dogs, cats, horses, goats, donkeys, rabbits, and a Macaw, and I'm bringing some mixed breed chicks home the end of this week. They were hatched in my son's kindergarten classroom. I've always wanted a few chickens, just for pets...I had a few years ago...but got them as adults, these guys were just hatched last week.

    Tomorrow I am going out to get everything I need for them, but I'm not exactly sure how many we'll be coming home with yet, so I may get just a large box with a screen for the top to use until I have a number.

    I'm learning a lot on this site and taking notes as I'm reading! One thing I would like to ask...I plan to build a coop as they get older/larger, and am not sure, but am guessing roosters may fight? I have a neighbor who would like some chickens around her farm as well, so my question is, if I may have to worry about roosters arguing down the road, is there a way, early on, to sex them visually?

    Thanks!
    Angie
     
  2. palabeco

    palabeco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our first chicks were rorm a school hatch last year, we got 4 chicks and 3 were roos! Apparently there are always more males than females. We still have the roos, they fought a little till they learned their order. We did go buy more adult hens to make the roo/hen ratio more even.
    I don't think the roos will go to the neighbors to fight unless the properties are very close together.
    Build a coop larger than what you need, because you will definitely want more (I have 11 in the coop, and 11 in the brooder).
     
  3. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    Haha! Saw your name and went to your page!

    Im in love with Grullas too!

    Im sooooooo jealous of your mini grulla!!! I have been looking for one FOREVER...(so incase you need to ever sell...lol)
    I read the story!

    Here is my Grulla gelding..why they gelded him I dunno..I have his "cousin" and I know that they could have registered him AQHA, but gelded him and didnt! He has great primitive markings and a 2 tone mane too!

    Silly people!!
    "Scoundrel"
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    His cousin..APHA apricot dun overo "Ruca"
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    Thanks for letting me share!
     
  4. BluegrassSeramas

    BluegrassSeramas Serama Savvy

    Aug 25, 2008
    Central Kentucky
    And I LOVE Your website!
    Im going to covet that too, lol!

    You take great pics!
    What kind of camera do you use?
    Thanks!!
     

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