Originally Posted by Rudies Roost
Love the squeaky cockerel....bless him!
I may have to keep him, by accident of course!
Originally Posted by rebrascora
I agree Dave is a bluebell. Although that comb is quite red, I'm not sure if bluebells aren't a sex linked hybrid and if so, Dave must be an early developing Davina.
I just lost my Blue Haze (Bluebell under different trade name) to a respiratory infection that resulted in an abscess in her throat. She was a real trougher as regards food too, so I called her Scranner Anna. Euthanizing her was incredibly difficult for me but necessary to put her out of her suffering. RIP Anna.
I agree that your flock looks like a Light Sussex, a Bluebell and either a production red or maybe a black tail but I would have expected more black on the neck and tail for a black tail. They are a lovely looking trio. @Yorkshire coop
Yes your little cockerel with his pathetic little voice did give me a much needed chuckle too, especially after the week I had!
Chicks look great but it's a shame your hatch was so poor. Have you had any feedback from Durham Hens about their fertility again this time? I know going though the post gives them a hard time but that still seems a pretty disappointing result.
Frances is doing a tremendous job with her little brood. I am amazed each evening when she has managed to marshal all 9 around the yard and then get them back into the hen house at night, especially as I often go up there during the day and find two or three stragglers cheeping away like mad for their Mam and the yard is full of so many hazards, including horses feet! It was great fun watching them dust bathing the other day! The broody in the shed that I can't get to, seems to be doing quite well and is a week into it now. Unfortunately the welsummer eggs that I gave Tasha are a bit thin shelled and one has broken already, which resulted in one of the light sussex eggs sticking to Tasha and when she got off the nest for a break, it got trailed out and broken too..... so she's down to eleven already.
I think maybe I need those welsummer eggs to go in an incubator as they are probably just too fragile for a broody hen. I knew I was taking a risk with them but had hoped Tasha might manage it because she's just a small bird. I also have a pekin on one egg that must be due or overdue. Unfortunately I didn't take a note of the date when she started clocking and she moved nests one day about half way through, which may have caused it to chill, so I may need to remove it soon in case it explodes but will give it a couple more days just in case.
Pleased to report horses all seem to be on the mend which is a relief but more than I can say for my bank balance! Still having to be very careful about feeding and I now have a field full of grass that I have nurtured all spring but daren't let them out onto and of course my fences and gates are taking some stick from them because they can see and smell it, but won't be satisfied until they are tasting it too. May have to strip graze it with an electric fence.
Must crack on now and get some work done in the garden.
Pleased to hear everyone is on the mend even though your bank balance maybe suffering!! They're worth it though! Glad the little cockerel gave you a chuckle. Need a name for him? Frances sounds like a fab mother, keeping them all I mine sure must be a tough job for her. Now getting an incubator would be a fab idea. Once hatched you could slip them under a broody so no worries on brooding them yourself. You will get to see how amazing it is to watch them hatch then.
No feed back on these eggs, I feel very disappointed with them really. The little Pekin is proving problematic with its leg issues. Not just a bit of splay leg but a slipped tendon on the back of the hock. I've been trying everything to get its leg straight but it being so small is making for hard work. It's a wriggler and is getting out if most things. The feathered legs are making it harder too as I can't just bung tape on them
It's eating and drinking so will see how it goes.
Other than that all quiet here. Hope all continues well at your end
Catch you soon.
Originally Posted by Dave C
My brooder is full of table birds so I was hoping to foster my Buff Rock chicks with a broody.
After 2 broodies that I borrowed failed and spoiled there eggs I had to draft in a replacement late Monday night, I ended up with only 6 BR chicks but she has taken to them nicely.
Super cute chicks
Originally Posted by scifisam
Those are lovely chicks, Dave!
I'm having problems with the new chickens flying out of their area. I think I'll have to put up an enormous fence or rehome those chickens and get quieter ones. Chased a fox away from them yesterday - at 8:30am!
I resorted to a covered run to stop the escaping as they were driving me mad ~
Foxes out at all hours here too, feeding Cubs right now so they are even bolder. Keep an eye out as it will be back!!