Surprised parent of two!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by going cheep, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. going cheep

    going cheep New Egg

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    Hi there everyone!

    I became a parent of two very cute little chicks this Saturday without warning! I'd gone to a local agricultural show and it was the last day of the event. The demonstration hatchlings were being given away and I couldn't resist! I don't know the sex of the chicks yet, but having read into it I think that I may have one boy and one girl. The smaller of the two is jumpier and goes to ground, where as the other stands when startled. But I don't really know at all! They are Cobbs and from what I've read if they put too much weight on then they often can't sustain their own weight, so I think I need to keep the diet low nutrition, any tips? I definitely want pets, but I want eggs too, so my plan will be if I get a noisy rooster he may have to go, I'm in a very residential area and don't want to upset all the neighbours!

    I plan to add an additional chick or two, preferably a spangled Russian Orloff, once the coop is set up and they have reached permanent outside status. I've been taking my 4 day olds out already, it's been beautiful weather and they have absolutely loved it! I didn't know they could consume so many woodlice! Anything that moved got eaten, I think the tortoise may have been in trouble at one stage!!! They run around chatting to each other, eating and after 10 mins fall asleep, recharge for 2 mins and then start again - so cute! They are already flapping across the garden testing their wings.

    I'm hoping due to the great weather they will be ok to go out at about 3 - 4 weeks, but I guess will have to see.

    Looking forward to hearing from you all

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    Here they are with the tortoise!
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    Foraging for bugs!

    Hope you can give me a bit of feedback and anyone
     
  2. silkiecuddles

    silkiecuddles FortheLoveofSilkies

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    :frow Hi, and welcome to BYC!!

    Congrats on the little sweeties! :clap
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I'm not familiar with "cobbs." Is that some kind of meat bird, your chicks remind me of Cornish x.
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    Aww..they sure are cute! But they do sound like meat birds. They are rough to keep from putting on too much weight and if not butchered up in a few months, they can have serious health issues. If you restrict their diets to extreme measures, you can keep them alive a bit longer. You might want to do some posting in our meat birds section for more help in keeping them alive longer than most meaties. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/21/meat-birds-etc

    If you are looking for birds more as pets, you might consider some Silkies, Polish, Orpingtons, Wyandottes, etc... These breeds are easy to keep and live much longer.

    Love the tortoise!! :)

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock! :)
     
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC - its good to see you giving your chicks some time out in the yard - cuts down on boredom, helps build immunity and they are also fun to watch.

    Best wishes

    CT
     
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome from Yorkshire UK

    Glad you could join us here! I too believe they could be meat birds you have there. Also when you got these chicks were there others with them that had a brown tinge to them? I only ask this as they look like some sex linked chicks that I hatched this year. The males hatch yellow and the females hatch with a brown tinge to them. Here are mine just after hatch ~

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    What do you think?

    Please do pop by the UK thread and say Hi ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/655508/uk-member-please-say-hi

    Good luck and enjoy your time here on BYC :frow
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] They sound delightful and I love that tortoise!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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

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