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The "Special" Chickens

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I have fallen in love with chickens but especially 3 special little chicks. Their names are Matt, Slew, and Dub.

 

We placed our first order for mail-order chicks this year. We got them and put them into the area we had prepared for them and the temperature took an unexpected dive. The chicks stampeded through their waterer and got thoroughly soaked. Out of 75 chicks, we lost 33. We were devastated.

 

Of the survivors there were 3 special chicks. They were in severe shock and were barely alive but they fought and fought for every breath. We did everything we could but figured they would die by morning. Now the chicks are 6 weeks old but their survival came with a cost...the lost many of their talons and Matt, shown below, lost the tip of one wing.

 

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We decided to make these chickens pets but they are all cockerells. I plan on building them a handicapped accessible coop so they can live as normally as possible. They are surprisingly docile and enjoy being petted and fussed over. One of the things I find fascinating is that they have started imitating song birds. I'm guessing that since they only hear themselves and songbirds due to their separation from the flock, that they have decided that this is how birds talk. I'm waiting to see how long this continues since they aren't fully grown.

 

So far they are getting along but I'm not sure that this will conntinue once they mature. I'm enjoying them while I can and I thought others might enjoy seeing my "Special Chickens".

 

This is a photo of Dub taken on Saturday. They do pretty well considering their foot problems. They are all Production Red chickens.

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That's really special hugs.gif
 

ETA, I've seen a number of bachelor pads for roosters on here.  Evidently as long as they aren't competing with hens they do fine.  Pretty much like people!


Edited by GardenGal - 5/7/12 at 7:50am
Whoever said don't count your chickens before they're hatched clearly never tried to count chickens after they're hatched.
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Whoever said don't count your chickens before they're hatched clearly never tried to count chickens after they're hatched.
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post #3 of 7

How wonderful they are.  Congrats on helping them make it xxx

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Would love it if you visited my blog  x http://rachyschickens.blogspot.co.uk

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So STinking CUTE and that is awesome that they survived!!

Yingyang crowed on 8-25-11 and Chick-o-tay crowed on 5-11-12!!!!! ROOSTERS ROCK!!!

I LOVE MY BABIES!!!!! WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!! 11 Hens and 2 crowin' Roos!!!!!<3<3<3

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Yingyang crowed on 8-25-11 and Chick-o-tay crowed on 5-11-12!!!!! ROOSTERS ROCK!!!

I LOVE MY BABIES!!!!! WOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!! 11 Hens and 2 crowin' Roos!!!!!<3<3<3

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Love this story & the pics....thanks for sharing  smile.png

NH, GLW, 1 EE, buff Brahma, 4 OEGBs, 1 Modern Game, and a whole bunch of Seramas and Serama/Banty mixes including 7 roosters that are somehow getting along...........plus FOUR eternally naughty Pacific Parrotlets.   And Birmingham Rollers who don't like to fly!

Holy Cow we have a lot of birds around here!!!   D.gif 

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NH, GLW, 1 EE, buff Brahma, 4 OEGBs, 1 Modern Game, and a whole bunch of Seramas and Serama/Banty mixes including 7 roosters that are somehow getting along...........plus FOUR eternally naughty Pacific Parrotlets.   And Birmingham Rollers who don't like to fly!

Holy Cow we have a lot of birds around here!!!   D.gif 

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That's really special hugs.gif
 

ETA, I've seen a number of bachelor pads for roosters on here.  Evidently as long as they aren't competing with hens they do fine.  Pretty much like people!

I didn't know roos could get along if no hens were around!  Hmmm.  That's good news for these special guys.  Thanks for sharing their story.

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What a lovely story! Thank you for sharing it.

Happiness is not having what you want; it's wanting what you have......author unknown (to me).

I LOVE my chickens! 

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Happiness is not having what you want; it's wanting what you have......author unknown (to me).

I LOVE my chickens! 

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