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new chickens

Post: #261053 dave45
Mon May 21, 2012 10:49 pm

2 months after the fox took our last batch of chickens, I have re-turfed the compound and the grass is lovely and in need of a trim... so i got in a new batch of 4 - this lot are only 14 weeks old, and comparitively like babies... the last last lot were noisy and independent... this lot are scaredy and stick together. I'm guessing the one one most often at the front of the group will become the leader and top of the pecking order?

They have no idea about how to be a proper chicken yet... they huddle in a corner instead of roosting... they are just having a go at scratching, and eating grass. they've got the hang of pooing though

fascinating stuff... its good to have chickens again even if I'll have to wait a month or two for eggs

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Re: new chickens

Post: #261093 ktibble
Tue May 22, 2012 6:45 pm

Don't worry you won't have lovely re-turfed grass for long !!

Chickens are highly addictive and worth it though :)

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Re: new chickens

Post: #261094 Pumpkin&Piglet
Tue May 22, 2012 6:52 pm

dave45 wrote: they've got the hang of pooing though


Brilliant - really made me smile. I can't wait to have chickens

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Re: new chickens

Post: #261101 Thomzo
Tue May 22, 2012 8:22 pm

Ooooh, how eggsiting (sorry couldn't resist that one). Congratulations on your new family.

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Re: new chickens

Post: #261119 alexllever
Wed May 23, 2012 7:17 am

great! and wish no fox around anymore!
baby baby, come back to me :brave:

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Re: new chickens

Post: #261161 dave45
Wed May 23, 2012 9:24 pm

and they go to sleep huddled together in the corner, and when they wake up in the morning hop on to the roosting perch!

At least they can find their way into the henhouse at night...

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Re: new chickens

Post: #262294 dave45
Sun Jun 10, 2012 10:48 pm

Update - they like all the major scrap food groups - leftover rice, leftover potato (peelings) and leftover pasta (not too keen on the cheese sauce - they keep wiping their beaks!)

and they love worms

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Re: new chickens

Post: #263944 dave45
Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:44 pm

First egg yesterday - woohoo! but so TINY !

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Re: new chickens

Post: #263973 pdblake
Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:00 pm

Just going through this myself. Fox took ours last week. Still pretty cut up about it but I've enquired after some new birds all the same.
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