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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by StanleyChooks, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. StanleyChooks

    StanleyChooks Hatching

    Jul 21, 2011
    Hi - I am new and just popping in to say "hi".

    I have always loved the idea of chooks in the backyard and am thrilled to now have 5 bantam chicks that are awaiting the finalisation of their new home. The coop designs pages here at BYC have been fantastic inspiration for their coop & run design, and I am now joining the forums with the hope that some of your expertise can help with some burning questions. I am especially looking forward to some finding out what sex these chicks are!

    Last edited: Jul 21, 2011

  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
  3. Inkheart

    Inkheart Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
  4. Pam_x

    Pam_x In the Brooder

    Jul 20, 2011
    Welcome to the group hun [​IMG] i'm new here has well and i have two chickens in my backyard..
    pam x
  5. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
  6. citybiddies

    citybiddies In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2011
    Hi from SC. [​IMG]
  7. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

    Apr 18, 2009
    A big Texas-sized [​IMG]



  8. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from California!

    If you have chicks you need to sex, then I bet the following information will be useful to you (but not for that purpose, just general chick raising):

    1. If you glance in the brooder and see dead chicks, DO NOT PANIC right away. Tap the brooder on the side and I bet, magically, those chicks will wake up. They sleep suddenly, anywhere they happen to be at the time they fall asleep, sometimes even in the classical "on back, legs stretched out" pose. You think you almost see little Xs in their eyes. But this is common, folks thinking their chicks have died when they're just asleep. Perhaps, if this hasn't happened to you yet, I can save you a heart attack.

    2. Chicks on their sides, kicking and flapping, are NOT having seizures. They are dust bathing in their bedding. It looks a LOT like some awful convulsion, but it's perfectly normal. Again, no need for heart medication on your part.

    3. All chicks spar and "fight" - they are establishing the pecking order almost as soon as they can stand up outside of their shells. Boys and girls do it. 'Tain't nuthin' ominous about it. They run at each other, they stop and stand up really tall (all of 3 or 4 inches), they bump chests, all that gladiator ring stuff. Even the adorable little girl chicks. Also, female chickens also grow spurs, so when the spur "bump" appears, do not automatically think you got a boy there.

    4. You suddenly notice a hard lump in one or more chicks' necks and are postive those are tumors of some sort. Nope, just a full crop. Do not panic. Wait until the next morning and check the chick(s) again - most probably the "tumor" will have vanished. This is a common discovery.

    5. Enjoy the chicks when they get the "zoomies." They will run around at top speed all over the place, and sometimes, when one gets to zooming around, it will trigger other chicks to do the same. Wheee!

    6. Get a good camera. Take a whole lot of pictures. Post them here on BYC for everybody to see (once you are able to upload and share photos). We love pictures!

    Enjoy BYCs forums and don't be afraid to ask any questions.
  9. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

    Apr 18, 2011
    Welsh, LA
    Hello [​IMG]
  10. FarmCoe

    FarmCoe Flock Mistress

    May 22, 2010
    Planet Earth
    [​IMG] From FarmCoe! [​IMG]

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