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Hello from Western Australia!

Got two 12 week old pullet hens a week ago for my DD's birthday. They’re Australorps.
We live in urban setting, the city council allows up to 6 hens per household in this area. Just 2 is enough as a complete beginner.

The girls get really excited about sprouted wheat, but indifferent to dry mealworms or live earthworms. Strange, I thought they’re supposed to go nuts for them.

Not sure about their names yet, as DD (4 years) keeps changing them...

Glad to have found this forum, will be learning a lot from all the friendly people in here :)

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Hello there and welcome to BYC! :frow

 

Congrats on your new Australorps! You will find they are the sweetest hens ever! I will always keep Aussies in my flock. They are great layers, they are heat and cold tolerant and hardy, but most of all they are very affectionate people loving birds. Docile, friendly lap sitters! 

 

Since yours were not raised by you, you may need to work with them to help them bond with you. Food! Food is a wonderful bonding agent. Go sit with them on their level with some goodies and once they see you in a positive light, they will love you for ever!

 

As for them not going wild over certain foods...it takes birds young birds a while to trust all food. It's built into them to be leary of all new foods in order to not eat something and die. So give them time and eventually they will eat everything that falls to the floor. LOL Eat now, ask questions later!

 

Enjoy your new Aussies! And welcome to our flock! :-)

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Go sit with them on their level with some goodies

 

I've been doing that for the last 3 days, they're still very skittish but getting better, I think.

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 It's built into them to be leary of all new foods in order to not eat something and die.

 

Ah, that makes sense. I don't mind them not liking mealworm too much though, they're expensive! We have plenty of free redworms in our compost bin.

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 Enjoy your new Aussies! And welcome to our flock! :-)

Thank you <3

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You are doing great with them! Just keep moving slow around them, sit wit them every day and eventually they will see there is nothing to fear. Give them time to get used to you. They will come around. And again, yes, they will eventually eat pretty much everything you offer, chickens are food hounds. LOL

 

Enjoy your birds! :-)

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. ~Emily Dickinson~

 

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.  ~John Bunyan~

 

Treating Sour Crop and Impacted Crop                                    Raising Quail

 

How to Treat Egg Binding in Hens 

 

Leg, Foot and Toe Issues in Poultry of All Ages

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post #5 of 9

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

I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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I set fire to the rain! Watch it pour as I, touched your face. Well it burn while I cried, because I heard it screaming out your name. And I threw us into flames. I knew that was the last time, the last time...I set fire to the rain! -Adele

 

Look at my flock page! http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bantamfan4lifes-flock

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G'day and welcome to Backyard Chickens. Byc has a large Aussie presence - the more the merrier. And "Australia, six states and one funny little island." If you want to find out what is going on at home.

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Welcome!  Hope you enjoy the site.  I've found loads of good info.  I have Buff Orpingtons and they are so sweet!  

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

200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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Welcome to BYC :frow​ Glad you joined us!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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