Newbie from Louisiana

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by tandc93, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. tandc93

    tandc93 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! I've been reading on the site for a couple months and decided it was time to formally join. My husband and I have 4 children, 2 bio sons and 2 daughters adopted from China and we've submitted our paperwork to try to adopt another little girl.

    We're sort new to chickens. An acquaintance gave us 3 day old chicks late in 2009. Turned out to be 2 Japanese Cochin Bantams--one hen, one rooster--and a barred rock who grew to be huge! The hen died, pity as it was my son's pet and would lay at his feet and let him pet her. We purchased some day olds from McMurray and had just put them outside when the neighbors dogs killed them all. So we are on our second batch. They're doing really well. I think we have 13 hens and 4 roosters. Yes, I know, too many. It wasn't intentional! LOL We knew we had the 2 already. We ended up with a RIR rooster in the batch and also one we're not sure what to call it. It was a freebie thrown in and it turned out to be a rooster. It's beautiful--has the colorings of a RIR, but has feathery legs. We have to make a decision soon on who goes. Hard as they are all so different. The barred rock is one of my daughter's. The bantam is just not a problem and not enough for a meal for 6... Feather legs is too beautiful to kill and the RIR I would want in case we could get chicks, but then how would I know they were his... The barred rock is protective of the hens, but the RIR seems to be quite amorous... Thoughts?

    We're a homeschool family, live on 6 acres, and would love to have more animals!

    Excited to really dig into the forums and learn!
     
  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] from Arkansas,

    To answer your rooster question, if they belong to the Barred Rock, all chicks will most likely be all barred. If they were mine with only thirteen hens I would narrow it down to one rooster. I want to warn you though that most Rhode Island Red rooster are pretty aggressive. I don't have the Barred Rocks, but do have White Rock, my current White Rock rooster is fairly aggressive and I have never seen this in the Plymouth Rocks before. The featherey legged rooster I am not sure what it could be, What hatchery did you purchase from?. Oh yeah now that I think about it maybe a Partridge Cochin? Most Cochins that I've seen and dealt with are pretty mild tempered.

    Good luck with these. They should be good for the kids. If they not not aggresive roosters that is?
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    A warm welcome from an imp in Washington

    The obvious answer is to get 30 more hens, problem solved. [​IMG]

    Imp
     
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Sorry for the double post. Puter froze.

    Imp
     
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  5. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] from North Carolina
     
  6. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    [​IMG] from Louisiana. What city do you live in?
     
  7. tandc93

    tandc93 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, y'all!

    Kuntrygirl, we are quite close! We're in Broussard, just outside of Lafayette. Our house is on the market and if it sells, we're seriously looking at a house in Opelousas.

    Imp, I LOVE the way you think! Although these are producing about a dozen a day and I can't seem to sell them. Only a couple of friends seem to want them. I can't imagine 40?? LOL

    Draye, all of them seem pretty cool with the kids. The kids have been very interactive with them from day 1, so I think they're use to them.
     
  8. Wild Trapper

    Wild Trapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from Ohio
     
  9. Desert Rooster

    Desert Rooster El Gallo Del Desierto

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    Hello from Hesperia, Ca [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Quote:I know exaxcly where Broussard is. I work in Lafayette on Bertrand Drive. I drive back and forth every day. Opelousas is a great place to live. I live on the outskirts in the country on a few acres of land. It's Paradise out here with my animals. If you're ever in the area, let me know and you can come on by and see my little farm. [​IMG]
     

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