Originally Posted by Teila
Good morning Friends [Apologies for what I now realise is a long post]
Got startled awake by an evil black butted nemesis just before 5am this morning, far worse than any wake up alarm .. he was so close and so loud I could have sworn he would have been sitting on my pillow! Wish he was, then I could have smothered him!
At bed time last night GodCilla had returned and earned herself another stint under containment until everyone had gone to bed, then popped her on the roost. However, this morning, while she was being baby GodCilla around the food bowls, I opened up the nest boxes, fully expecting to have to put her back in containment, so far she has ignored them [just checked again and GodCilla may just be in hibernation til next time ]
Aaaw .. those pics are adorable ChristieB. I love BYC but I have learnt that it is advisable to have a thick skin, patience and a sense of humour. I am guilty of taking some comments to heart but remind myself that some of the comments posted are ‘random’.
It is very much like a real life room full of people having a long, deep and meaningful conversation or think tank .. if you throw in a new person, they are going to say stuff without knowing all the facts or that it has already been covered. While some in that scenario would keep quiet until up to speed, others jump in feet first
LanaDucky that is quite a menagerie you have there, you will fit right in Sorry, that I am unable to help with the duck question, no duck experience here.
Welcome Back Sam …. Nice pics; I hope you had an enjoyable break.
Great pics also locknest4 .. love the compost dwellers!
My gals have learnt that the compost bin is some sort of chicken treat dispenser and spend much time waiting patiently at the air hole for something to crawl out.
Woah Bethan! While I will put my hand up and take a slight percentage of the blame for bantam number three .. number four is 100% on you! Lol
Seriously now .. congratulations! Can’t wait to see them. Yep, two is much better as they will have each other for company while integrating … chicken math strikes again!
The look-do-not-touch set up you have now is a good start. I usually do that for at least a week or so. Quarantine is also recommended but I understand with your courtyard situation, this is probably not possible. I have had to wave quarantine at times and have been lucky.
After the above, I let them free range, supervised .. space and distractions are wonderful aids during integration. A water pistol comes in handy also for any pecking that gets a bit intense.
One thing I have found very helpful is to actually leave the existing chickens in the coop/run and let the newbies have an explore of the garden, without the threat of being picked on. This gives them the chance to feel comfortable and also know where the good hiding spots are and where to run if picked on. While the existing flock are not happy about being locked in while the newbies are outside, they get over it and it may help them to realise that the newbies belong.
I also reverse this .. let the existing flock out but keep the newbies locked in but with access to all areas so that when the divider does come down, there are already familiar with the whole coop and run.
Anniebee I totally agree with your social media comments .. Facebook in particular. While I do not spend very much time on it, I like Facebook because of the ease at which I can stay in touch and share news/photos with family and friends interstate and overseas without having to find time for what are usually long phone calls, but yep, I have lost a couple of friends because I did not want to see graphic pics and read their rants about particular subjects they are passionate about. I know the world is not perfect and I also know that I cannot live in a bubble and while staying up to date on current events, I prefer to research that and gather all the facts … not be greated by graphic pics before totally awake and only two sips into a cup of coffee
Thank you for your very kind words about my writing .. a couple of people have told me that. While I do enjoy writing and hopefully make some people laugh, I am not everyone’s cup of tea …. Maybe one day, when I retire
I actually think that is a good question about chicken calmers .. there may be some food or herb etc that does that. I know there is the old myth that Turkey contains Tryptophan which makes you sleepy and while there is a bit of truth to that, research also indicates it is because of all the extra helpings of food that go with it that you get sleepy.
I agree with locknest4 and appps in that caponizing is done by some and like appps, just the thought of it makes me shudder; definitely not something I would consider.
I also found a thread I remembered reading on surgery to modify the voice box of the rooster: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/705084/decrowing-roosters
There was another one somewhere also that I could not find but the poster had lost a couple of roosters during the procedure and also from infection following the procedure.
PS. Someone mentioned that they have no idea what I look like so, as I know I am sometimes intrigued as to what others look like .. this is me:
Even though it turns this already long post into a novella, I just wanted to add:
I knew I should have trusted my gut and not the sweet faced ‘I will be good mum’ Cilla … I just checked again and no Cilla .. found her happily hunkered down in a nest box … what is the bet that 30mins on a LuLu egg has undone 4 days of good work?
The GodCilla containment zone once again has a resident