Newbe question - post hatching

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by geller6980, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. geller6980

    geller6980 Chirping

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    Hello all

    I'm new to BYC and am seriously thinking about getting 2 or 3 hens for my backyard as pets.

    I was thinking that buying fertile eggs and hatching would be the way to go... kids would love the project.

    The dilemma is if I start with 6 eggs, 3 or 4 hatch, what do I do with the one or two I can't keep? I especially cannot keep roosters for legal reasons.

    Typically, do you give them back to the farm? How can I tell the hens from the roosters?

    Thanks!

    Scott
    Columbia, MD
     

  2. krcote

    krcote Songster

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    Craiglist is a no-fail outlet for getting rid of extra birds. I usually will offer them up for free if I want them to go fast [​IMG]
     
  3. AlienChick

    AlienChick Songster

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    Yeah, Craigslist.

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  4. krcote

    krcote Songster

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    OH!!! How could I forget?!?!? [​IMG]
     
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from Ohio. So glad you joined. Like they said you can list them for free, but you will have to wait until they start to feather in well before you will be able to tell if it is a roo or not. [​IMG]
     
  6. white01

    white01 Brady Brook Poultry

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] from Maine
     
  7. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Songster

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    Hello [​IMG] and welcome
     

  8. Doodle_Doo

    Doodle_Doo Songster

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    Hello [​IMG] and welcome
     
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  10. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Songster

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    Quote:Hi! [​IMG]
    You can also take roosters to feed stores, you just would need to call first to see if they have room. It is really sad when you have to do that, because by then you are attached to them.
     

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