New to raising chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eculver, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. eculver

    eculver Out Of The Brooder

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    We are new to this raising chickens. We have two chochins almost 4 mos old still not sure but think one is a rooster....anyways we keep them in a coop all day and several times throughout the week let them out to roam....I have noticed the last couple of days that one of them (the one I think is a hen) has been very docile in fact almost like something is wrong she doesn't run from me when I go to pick her up not like the other one...she is sooooo calm. I guess my question is....is that a behavior when nesting??? I don't see any injuries but could the other one be picking....
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Does the hen squat when you approach her? This is a mating behavior and usually means she will begin laying soon.

    Having just one hen when a rooster can easy handle 10, can also mean he will be literally breeding her to death - if she can't escape him. Does she show any signs of injury or bareness of her back etc. which would be from over use by the Roo.

    You do not need a rooster for the hen to lay eggs. If you plan to have eggs to hatch, then you need a rooster in order for them to be fertile.
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, eculver, and [​IMG]! Pleased to have you aboard! Good luck to you and your flock!
     
  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  5. eculver

    eculver Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for your response....no signs of injury or bareness to back she just looks submissive. right now they are running around in the back yard and looking happy ha ha ha do chickens look happy :)
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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