New to raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SevenOaksFarm, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. SevenOaksFarm

    SevenOaksFarm Just Hatched

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    Hi, I guess it is about time I join BYC since I've been reading so much good info here and felt like a stalker. My chicks will be 8 weeks old on Monday. I started out with 21 (3 were freebies from the hatchery) day old chicks (ordered as females) that I picked up at a local hatchery and all survived infancy. I sadly culled one really aggressive, obvious rooster at 4 weeks. :-( Since then I have discovered I have at least one other rooster in the gang and I'm suspicious about at least one other one. I guess the sexing by the hatchery is still in the acceptable error rate of 90-95% but I'm getting a bit nervous as I watch the remaining chicks develop. The good news is that there are no additional aggression issues...yet. I may soon be posting some pics in the thread about identifying sexes.
     
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  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :welcome
    You should settle in really well here
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, SevenOaks, and :welcome. Great to have you in our community. Best of luck as your chicks continue to grow!
     
  4. ChickenChaser9

    ChickenChaser9 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Sexing can be easier or more difficult depending on the breed. Some Roosters can be very docile and great leaders of a flock. There are a lot of benefits to having a Roo in your flock and I would recommend it if you are able. Best wishes!
     
  5. SevenOaksFarm

    SevenOaksFarm Just Hatched

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    Thanks! Not too far away...I'm in Missouri!
     
  6. SevenOaksFarm

    SevenOaksFarm Just Hatched

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    Thanks for that note about roos! I'm hoping to keep all if they continue to stay within acceptable behaviors. I actually would want good behavior from the hens too! Ha! Luckily, I am not in an area that prohibits Roosters so it will be interesting to keep all remaining. As soon as I figure out the photo uploading, I'll post some.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    A rooster can handle 10 hens, otherwise they get overbred. So consider 10 hens for each roo you keep.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    Greetings from South Dakota and [​IMG]!! Glad you joined us. [​IMG]
     

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