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

Postby Stephen » Sat Sep 07, 2019 10:39 pm

I don't do livestock but my sister has had several sets of rescue hens. I collected the latest set for her today.
This is them immediately after I put them in their coup.
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And here they are a few hours later, kept in the tight part of the run. They'll get out to the large enclosure tomorrow.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:11 am

Sounds like your sister has plenty of land for them Stephen. It's lovely to think of them all gradually exploring and enjoying a new life of freedom. I bet this is the first chance they have for their individual personalities to start showing themselves.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:39 am

Stephen wrote:I don't do livestock but my sister has had several sets of rescue hens. I collected the latest set for her today.
This is them immediately after I put them in their coup.


For rescue hens they look in very good condition. They will be out and about with the others and in no time they will be a fine flock.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Stephen » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:53 pm

If only there were some others.
There have been several generations, mostly getting three additional years in quiet countryside. One set were stolen, every one disappeared overnight.
Yes, they are better feathered than some have been on arrival.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:44 pm

A shame about the disappearances but three years of peaceful and stress free retirement if you're a chicken is lovely way to round upyour story.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Wed Sep 18, 2019 2:56 pm

Our pure breed Rhode Island Red cock, Glyndŵr, and his two young ladies. Bought specially to remind me of childhood days when day-old chicks came in two sorts, Rhode Island Reds (brown eggs) and White Leghorns (white eggs).
Already looking forward to breeding from them next spring.

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

Postby alan refail » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:14 pm

A few of our last hatch of thirteen MarsBars (Cream Legbar x Black Copper Marans), seven weeks old today.
A strange experience because some are black barred and others are brown and grey. We assumed at first they were sex-linked (males taking after mothers and females taking after father). But it seems we were wrong as cockerels come in both colours as do the hens.
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In the matching pair below, the one in front is clearly a cockerel and the one behind I am equally sure is a hen.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:44 pm

Seems however long you are breeding chickens Alan there is still always something new to learn !
You seem to have plenty on nice long grass for them to forage around in, not like the dried up drought stricken turf we have here in the south east.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Stephen » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:00 pm

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The rescue chickens are no longer shy or cautious and are looking pretty good although there are still a few bare patches.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:33 am

Isn't it lovely to seeing them enjoying life how it should be lived? Happiness isn't just for humans !
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Diane » Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:27 am

:D Love that thought - "Happiness isn't just for humans". Thank you Primrose.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby alan refail » Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:10 am

As good as picking the first tomato or cutting the first lettuce, our new Cream Legbars, hatched 30 April, have started laying lovely blue eggs this last week.
Now we're just waiting for the first eggs from our 28 May hatch of Welsh Harlequin ducks.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby Primrose » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:16 pm

Seems to me that having hens and ducks is a very good reason for having an incentive to get out of bed in the for i g with always something new to look forward to.

Have you ever thought of having any Indian Runner ducks Alan? They seem to be a completely different species and probably wouldn,t fit in with your present collection but having come across somebody in Ireland recently who posted about keeping them on a YouTube video they seemed an interesting species. Duck lovers look out for Mossy Bottom farm.
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby robo » Thu Oct 17, 2019 12:18 pm

We have had blue eggs for around two years even now they are a novelty but my daughter prefers ordinary eggs she says the white on a blue egg is not as good as the white on a brown or white egg but I still pick the blue ones when I have a choice ,lately our chickens are slow on the laying I'm averaging two eggs a day from 12 chickens no blue ones I've wracked my brain to find a reason and can't come up with why
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Re: New kids on the block - New birds in the flock

Postby peter » Thu Oct 17, 2019 8:40 pm

Robo,, perhaps they're feeling blue? :twisted:
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