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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by caters, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. caters

    caters Hatching

    Dec 10, 2015
    I am new to the forum. I know that a hen being very protective of the eggs is broody which probably means that at least 1 egg is fertile.

    I haven't had chickens before. If I do have chickens at some point I would start with a few full grown hens, mostly layer breeds. Once I get comfortable with hens and the hens get comfortable with me, I would then get 1, just 1 rooster so that I don't have many of the aggression issues that can result when you have multiple roosters.

    Is this a good strategy for a first timer? If it is, great. If it isn't, then what is a better strategy because I am not sure that I want to start with day old chicks or fertile eggs and an incubator(I mean all the turning of the eggs, checking on the chicks periodically to see how they are growing, risks of having mostly roosters in the clutch including aggression towards me and the other chickens). I am also not sure I want to start with a pullet only order since again I have the risk that it is mostly or only cockerels which while they are nice and gentle in the beginning(sometimes even more docile than the pullets), when they become roosters they are most likely going to be aggressive.

  2. OrganicFarmWife

    OrganicFarmWife Crowing

    Oct 21, 2015
    No where Nebraska
    Your way will be much more expensive then buying day old. But beyond that there isn't anything wrong with it. If you are going to free-range them a rooster become much more important. But if they are going to stay in their coop and run a rooster is less important.
    I had great luck with my pullet order All females, but you are correct you do risk getting some cockerels that way.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to join our flock. OrganicFarmWife has given you some good advice. Most hatcheries will guarantee at least 90% accuracy on pullet orders and if you order Black or Red Sex Links (which are hardy egg laying machines), they will guarantee 100% on pullet orders since they can be sexed by color from hatching. If you do decide to get an incubator and some eggs for hatching, you can avoid the turning hassle by getting one with an automatic turner and a circulating air fan. I've had very good hatch rates even from the inexpensive Styrofoam incubators with these features. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Cheers.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    There are pros and cons to any strategy. It boils down to sooner or later you have problems - you can't avoid them. You have to keep calm and face them. I don't know of any perfect situations
  6. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Welcome to BYC! So glad you joined us!
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
    I already welcomed you on your other intro so will just say Hi [​IMG]

  8. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Songster

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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