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  1. meme2zal

    meme2zal Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone. I am new to this site and fairly new to chicken raising. I mean I have been around them in some way or another my whole life but didn't really bother with them. Recently I acquired some chickens to start getting eggs and more importantly as a stress relief and would love to learn more about them. I know their age and breed but that's about it for most of them. Please help! Breda Fowl age 7 months rooster & 2 hens, Bantam momma with 6 chicks 11 weeks, 4 Buff Orpingtons age 4 months sex unknown, 1 Buff Orpington/Blue Samatrun cross age 4 month sex unknown, Breda Fowl age 4 months sex unknown. How do I tell the sex? When should they start laying? When will momma ween chicks? HELP!!!!!
     
  2. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC -- NorthFLChick gave you some great links, look forward to getting to know you and your flock
     
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  4. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X3 on the breed and gender link provided by NorthFLChick.

    Watch for large combs and wattles, pointy hackle, saddle and sickle feathers, behavior changes and of course crowing. These all indicate male.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    If you post some photos of your birds, I and other BYCers will be glad to help you sex them.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Most standard breeds start laying somewhere between 5 and 7 months. When the combs, faces and wattles are bright red and the birds squat for you when you lean over them, the eggs should be coming down the pipes soon!

    Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
     
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Your hen must be "broody of the year," to keep her chicks around at 11 weeks old. Most broodies, kick the kids to the curb much sooner. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
     
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  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You've gotten some good links and suggestions above. If all your birds are from different places, and momma hen and the chicks came together, she may never wean/ leave them them as she normally would in her own flock, she and the chicks will probably stick together in the new flock as they are familiar to each other.
     

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