Newbie from Northeast Ohio

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by smwtch, Aug 1, 2013.

  1. smwtch

    smwtch New Egg

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    Hello all! I am very excited to be a part of the BYC Community!
    I am a newbie to having chickens of my own...my mom had ducks and geese growing up, and I have "chicken sat" for friends while they were away on vacation. I am thrilled to have my own girls now.
    I found BYC researching "everything chicken" in books and the internet. BYC is the place to be!
    I started looking at the coops to get ideas and it took off from there. My coop is almost finished (just needs painting) . I hope to send pictures to share soon.
    My girls arrived July 29. Ive got 2 of each...Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and Golden Laced Wyandotte. All happy and healthy!
    My first question is how soon does a rooster chick start behaving like a rooster?
    One of my Buffs is always peeping and is constantly trying to climb on top of the other chicks. I ordered all female to be sure to not get a rooster, but I think I may have one. (It is also the smallest chick of the group)
    Thanks for all the help and advice!
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, smwtch, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I think it is tough to tell - behaviorally or visually - since your chicks are under a week old. The more active behavior doesn't necessarily indicate rooster. You might want to post some pics in a couple weeks in the thread below - might have a better idea then. Good luck to you!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this
     
  3. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    At my place they are all hens until they crow [​IMG]
     
  4. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Are the bigger chicks picking on the small, cheeping, climber? Is it being bossed away from the food and water? Sounds like it is frustrated trying to find a place for himself.
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! You will be able to tell if she is a he by the combs and wattles growing bigger than the other chicks.
     
  8. smwtch

    smwtch New Egg

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    Thanks for the info. You had it right. The others were not letting it eat or drink. I was up most of the night trying to get the chick to eat and drink too build up its strength. It was just too weak and I lost it. Very sad to lose one. All the others are doing well so will focus on the positive. Thanks again, Drumstick Diva...I love your picture!
     
  9. welcome to the site sm. I am east of you in Mantua by about 30 minutes! glad to have locals here too. :)
     

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