New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Wed May 29, 2019 7:07 pm

They are just adorable at that stage arn,t they?

My only experience with hatching eggs is as a child during the immediate post war years when I surreptitiously exchanged some of my mum's clothes from her wardrobe for a couple of yellow chicks from the Rag and Bone man outside my primary school. One died and the other grew up to be a fierce black cockerill who took control of the garden and terrorised us all to the point where we didn,t dare go outside for fear of being attacked. He eventually ended up in a neighbour's casserole pot!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:40 am

What a difference a couple of weeks make!
All fourteen growing fast.

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby robo » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:59 am

Perfect weather for the here alan this is our fourth day of rain
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:00 am

And here are we with a forecast of two and a half days of heavy rain and in the event hardly any! Pretty wet further east though. It pays to live on the peninsula.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby oldherbaceous » Fri Jun 14, 2019 12:36 pm

They certainly are lovely looking Ducklings, Alan.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Westi » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:10 pm

Alan, they are so cute! Beautiful to see your pics!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Stephen » Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:26 am

Already clearly ducks.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Fri Jun 21, 2019 4:54 pm

The Harlequins are now just three weeks old and are now out on the grass in the field. I had hoped for a better shot, but they are lively as anything, move all together in a gang of fourteen. They're feathering up rapidly and looking more "ducky" every day.
Another hatch is due in a week from now - Rouens and Rouen x White Campbell.
We keep busy :wink:

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Westi » Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:32 pm

Looking great Alan!
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:19 pm

Another two weeks and at five weeks old the Welsh Harlequins have a large run, a plum tree for shade and lots of grass. These birds don't half grow - even quicker than courgettes!
We still have all fourteen, but a trio (drake and two ducks) are booked to go to a local farm soon.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:24 pm

At just over none weeks old the young Exchequer Leghorns and Cream Legbars are in with their respective parents, who are not best pleased to see them, but tolerate them!

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Thu Jul 04, 2019 3:34 pm

It must be really fun watching grow up through their juvenile stages. I guess they grow so quickly that every day there is a change of some kind to note.
Are you up to full capacity now ?
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:03 pm

Primrose wrote:It must be really fun watching grow up through their juvenile stages. I guess they grow so quickly that every day there is a change of some kind to note.
Are you up to full capacity now ?
They're hard to keep up with, especially the ducks! Fortunately my son is chief bird man :wink:
We have another hatch of nine ducklings from 6 days ago, five new chicks from a couple of broodies we obliged by letting them sit a few eggs. And the bird man is talking of another hatch of chicks in the incubator, probably including Dorkings, if he gets some hatching eggs.
I hope he does, as Dorkings are a breed with an ancestry in this country probably going back to the Romans! They have five toes instead of the usual four.

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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Geoff » Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:50 pm

Fine looking birds, I assume you didn't need planning permission for the housing estate that's grown up.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:01 pm

Geoff wrote:Fine looking birds, I assume you didn't need planning permission for the housing estate that's grown up.


That's the benefit of having an acre of agricultural land :wink:
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