In the Brooder
Oct 12, 2017
NEW to chickens; 4 hens and 1 rooster arriving next week.

My friend and her son started a flock in the spring. They ended up with 2 Roosters and 23 hens. The hens are almost all laying now. They have: silkies, wyandottes, easter eggers and others. I have been asked to take one rooster and four to five hens.

The rooster being rehomed is a Bard Rock named Berto. He is the second on the totem pole and just finding his voice, literally. He is the larger of the 2 males, but was the slowest to develop. His crow was BIZARRE at first but he seems to be getting the hang of it now. In his original flock, he did the dirty work on behalf of Big Daddy; Big Daddy would then send Berto running after the hard work was over. Berto will chase anyone/thing running near his hens. The original owners have a young child and he has chased and clawed her under these circumstances. I think he will be a good protector.

The hens that will be sent with Berto are 2 silver wyandottes and the other 2/3 are being discussed; they don't want to split up any that are significantly attached to each other.

We live in a rural area with large wide open fields abutting a brook and acres of woods; thus we have predators. The predators don't come too close during the day as we have 3 large dogs, one who has a stong prey drive herself. We would like to offer safety and freedom to roam.

I would prefer to use sustainable materials (Avoiding plastics completely). I am absolutely willing to pay for quality feeders/watering etc. Does anyone out there have reccommendations for this newbie?



April in Wyoming
Staff member
Premium member
6 Years
Dec 12, 2013

Congrats on your upcoming flock! My concern would be Berto, it sounds as if he is somewhat aggressive and that can be a problem for whoever owns him.

Hope all goes well for you, best wishes and thanks for joining us!

Pork Pie

Premium member
5 Years
Jan 30, 2015
Hello and welcome to BYC. I share the concerns about the cockerel, expressed by others above.

Here’s a link to the Articles section - There you’ll find lots of information on almost every aspect of keeping chickens - from coop building ideas, to incubating eggs.

There’s a link on the page above to the Learning Centre - it’s a great resource. If you have a specific topic in mind, just type it in the search box - there's a wealth of information on past and present threads.

Each week, various topics are discussed, which can also be a great resource -

You may wish to consider joining your state thread as it will put you in touch with other BYC members in your area -

All the best

Pork Pie
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