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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Amelia Egghart, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. Amelia Egghart

    Amelia Egghart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello BYCers! I'm new here and to the realm of chickening. I'm in sunny San Diego, CA in the town of Fallbrook on a half acre with a small flock of five... "pullets." Yes, those quotation marks come with a cost: 2/5 of my girls are looking (and sounding) like big, beautiful boys! :/

    At 13 weeks old today, shiny, pointy saddle feathers are a sign of trouble to come, from what I've been reading about here! I'm hoping everyone gets along, but... Any methods out there that don't involve a stewpot or increasing my flock size to 20+?

    Thanks! The adventures are just beginning!
     
  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
     
  4. Amelia Egghart

    Amelia Egghart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, everyone!
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You might want to check out the Learning Center, there are several articles in there on keeping a rooster https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/maintaining-a-healthy-flock With only 5 birds total, you'll probably have to keep the boys and girls separated or the boys will over mate the girls ... the boys may get along in a bachelor pen without any girls to fight over, but no way to know for sure.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Do you want to have fertile eggs or hatch or sell? If not, you don't need a rooster at all. Hens will continue to lay the same amount of eggs without one
     
  7. Amelia Egghart

    Amelia Egghart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately, these two came as sexed pullets; my intent was to only have hens to begin with. Now I'm faced with the dilemma of what to do with roosters! I don't eat eggs - my goal for these is manure/composting/bug control, at which roosters are just as useful as hens, but their infamous behavior concerns me.
     
  8. Amelia Egghart

    Amelia Egghart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info! The boys are best buds right now, so if they have their own digs with no "icky girls", that might go over well. :)
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Hi, welcome to BYC!

    Cute bird in your avatar, do you have other breeds as well?

    I hope your boys will continue to get along. If you do decide to get rid of them (a lot of people do so it's not that easy), you can try a couple options here on BYC:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270925/find-your-states-thread (post on your state thread about a new home)
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/16182/animals-in-need-of-free-re-homing (free re-homing forum)

    Good luck to you, hope all works out well for everyone!
     
  10. Amelia Egghart

    Amelia Egghart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The boys are still best buds at 8 months. They do everything together and the primary rooster treats the secondary rooster like he's a hen. Feeds him, tells him about the good grubs and herds him around. Too funny. The secondary rooster is sick or injured right now though, so I really hope he pulls through, for everyone's sake. He's inside, crated and warm. Poor baby :(
     

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