New to Birds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by caprzytula, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. caprzytula

    caprzytula New Egg

    Oct 14, 2015
    Over the summer, I got three chickens - supposedly female. Just found out that one of the girls is actually a Rhode Island Red Rooster. Doesn't have the curved tail feathers yet but the dead give away was the crowing. So now I have two hens and a rooster.

    Don't know much about birds and could sure use some helpful hints. I have discovered that Rueben the Rooster lies to peck my hands when I try to feed them. I discovered he doesn't like the spray bottle of water in the face so I think that's under control.

    1. What's the best way to winterize (I live in Reno) a small coop? Heating lamp? Heated pad? Both?
    2. Will Rueben continue to peck me?
    3. When will the hens begin laying eggs?


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by