So cal newbie- and gender help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by socalchick3, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. socalchick3

    socalchick3 New Egg

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    Hi! I'm a new chicken owner in Southern California! I have three 2 month olds! A golden laced wyandotte, columbian wyandotte, and a black jersey giant. The BJG seems to bully and dominate and is a bit bigger than the other 2. They are 2 months old and while its still early, i have a feeling he's male. Ive attached some pictures. What are your guesses thus far? [​IMG]
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  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, socalchick, and :welcome! Great to have you aboard! I am the world's worst breed and/or gender guesser so I won't even attempt a guess. You might want to post the pics here https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this
    The folks that patrol that thread are awesome! Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    First of all, your Jersey Giant looks like a pullet. Second, it only looks to be about 6 weeks old, not 8. And that crate is too small for three, that age. They are ready for an outdoor coop. This could be the reason for the bullying. Too cramped. They need more space.
     
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  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens!! I hope you enjoy it and the camaraderie here and everybody that goes nuts over chickens (me being one of them....) Have fun! And ask questions! Ditto on what redsox said, I am terrible at breed and gender as well, I also agree with junbugena, they may just be a bit cramped and need room to get away from each other.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    So far, the BJG appears to be a pullet.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Chickens hate being overcrowded and often react by bullying, fighting or feather plucking.
     
  8. socalchick3

    socalchick3 New Egg

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    Thank you for the replies! I just got them last night so im definitely getting them a bigger space! Thank you! When do they start getting other things besides chicken mash?
     
  9. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    As long as you give them some grit, anything an adult can eat, a chick can eat. Just be careful not to over do it with treats. They are growing babies that need all the nutrients in feed. You don't want them filling up on desserts.
     

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