Good morning Friends
Bazza didn’t turn up for training this morning! He was apparently a little on the hot side yesterday afternoon, before the rain/storms, seeking refuge in the pond but he was a no show this morning … either he has great metabolism and has already burnt off those love handles; 04:50am on a Friday morning is just too early for him, he couldn’t find his togs or, even after all my advice, he overdid it yesterday .. tut
Hey locknest4, as you know, any guesses I make with regards gender are just that, guesses. I looked at the black one for a while .. sometimes I thought rooster due to comb, wattles, colouring and feathering and then other times I thought large combed pullet due to stance, legs and expression … definitely sitting on the fence on this one and not taking a guess either way
RodneyRooster I recommend a Google Image search of ‘Teila’, apparently it is not only a girls name
For those keeping count, Cilla has laid two eggs since being broken from broodiness.
Poor Cilla, she can’t win .. when she is broody she is dubbed GodCilla and when she is not broody ‘Nike’ [Just Do It!]. When she is broody I forget what a fuss she makes about laying an egg. She runs around for anywhere from 30mins to a couple of hours “gunna lay an egg, she’s in MY nest box, gunna lay an egg, she’s in MY nest box, gunna lay an egg, she’s in MY nest box” to which she gets replies from myself and hubby “Gees Cilla, Just Do It!” .. silence while she does the deed ... “I laid an egg, I laid an egg, I laid an egg”.
KiKi is still semi broody, hopping on the nest when she can but not overly perturbed if she can’t .. hopefully, weather permitting, I may be able to snap her out of it completely this weekend.
Nope not searching it, it is done :-)
Haha 2 down 6 to go ;-) Scarlett runs around each morning when i let her out trying to find a way out of their area to lay for about half hr too, then settles in the same old nesting box eventually lol.
Hey there fellow Aussies! Well... I'm not an Aussie, I'm American, but I'm living in Melbourne (Campbellfield, specifically). I was hoping you all might be able to point me toward someone on here that sells good chickens. I just had a loss from a chicken I bought two days ago.... can't believe it, poor thing. She had sour crop, which took me a few hours to figure out because I'm so new at this. I'm hoping I can find some more honest people to buy from.
welcome! There are a few here from around ur area but otherwise yes poultry fb pages i have just newly been introduced to seem to be great.
^ This. I'd have said boy but I'd have said boy about my large-combed, large-wattled Ancona hen who lays and crows. Sometimes it's just hard to tell. I wasn't sure about my little Easter Egger pullet until the moment I saw her push out an egg. Her wattles were so -long-.
Also hello! I haven't been around in a while, things going on. The chicken who wandered onto my property - who we thought was Bumblebee - turned out to be a very similar looking but unrelated chicken from someone else's flock. Considering the multitude of fox attacks at that time, probably a hen chased off their property by a fox. We named her Elizabeak and she was absolutely -covered- in lice and mites and had the worst scaly leg mites I'd seen up to that point. We got her parasite free over the span of a couple of months (though her appearance in my yard set off a feedback loop of poultry lice in my -whole flock- which was -very- hard to get under control. Unfortunately, about a month ago she suddenly began fading and wasting away and within a day or so lost the ability to stand and had to be euthanized. We never found out what was wrong with her - but no other chickens showed any symptoms. Without any information on her history, I incinerated her corpse and chalked it up to unknown illness. However, I did immediately deworm my entire flock - just in case.
A week ago my hen Queen ***** (which we shorten to Queenie) hatched 9 beautiful chicks and has been raising them in a maternity brooder quite happily. She's a great mum but isn't as defensive of her babies as she could be so I'm keeping them separated from the flock for now.
We tried a hatch in our incubator but had a catastrophic failure a week in when it turned out we had overfilled it and radiant heat had killed 75% of the embryos. Oh well, it'll happen when you're using a homemade incubator. Now we get to learn from it!
Today I obtained three rescue hens from a local lady keen on downsizing her flock. She called them "Araucanas" but I'm inclined to call them Wheaten Ameraucanas. Every chicken that I saw had a severe case of scaly leg mites. I tried to talk with her about it and the detrimental effects of scaly leg mites on hens but I was treated with a smirk and an attitude which implied that it was rather quaint that I cared so much about simple birds. "They never die by the time I get rid of them, so I don't see the problem." (I may have screamed in my brain)
I let her know that if she wants to pass on more of her birds - I'd be happy to take them. Maybe then they'll be cared for properly. -_-
I've included pictures of the hens (and one's foot). Ameraucanas? Easter Eggers? I don't know. I told my husband, "There's not a huge difference - but don't tell any breeder who is really into genetics that I said that. I'm pretty sure I just heard several rolling over in their graves." >.> XD
Also - yup. That sure is a portacot. This is what happens when you let your guard down and dismantle the quarantine pens. Chickens in a portacot in your kitchen. My husband is setting up the quarantine pens again and I'm going to give these girls a lovely pedicure and get their poor feet treated.
Welcome back! Well done on the hatches - yay! - and sorry for ur losses. Wow i am so mad at people like that! I wouldnt want to be bringing all of that into my flock but well done for trying to give them all a happy healthy life :-)
Chickens - I ( and many ) have discovered, scare the heck out of their owners every other day.
Mud bath ? .... Love it. I know my Mindy ( who I hope is ok - more on that tomorrow maybe - but I hope I don't have to ask ) .... who is white with coffee coloured feathers throughout - has 'bathed' herself in really wet dirt ( but not exactly mud ) and come out looking like she's been dragged through a coal heap, backwards.
So what does Mumma do ? Bring her inside, fluff out as much of the dirt as possible, and have her sit in the cat carrier until the remainder dries off in the warmth, and I can then shake the rest out of her by fluffing out her feathers on an old sheet or towel. She adores that darned cat crate - and just loves to be inside, talking to Miss Ruby dog. I think she does these little capers deliberately !!!
Nothing surprises me anymore, where chickens are concerned.
Haha cute as! My chooks used to love getting a good proper bath inside and then blow dry :-) maybe u should try that next time rather than the cat cage - even though she obviously enjoys it. Mined loved it. Obviously be careful with the distance, heat and time under the hair dryer tho!
Wow there are some really cruel people out there arent there!!