A small victory for the meaties (DH doesn't understand :( )

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  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I'm very pleased this morning and DH doesn't really understand why.

    All of my rescue meatie pullets are laying now. I was getting an egg here and there, but they are all laying now. One even lays an egg with pretty speckles, but that's not what I'm smiling about.

    I'm smiling because they are all using their nestbox to lay in. One even really gets into the whole process - taking her time, fluffing the hay just so and clucking happily the whole time.

    It's the world's biggest nestbox (a dog crate that would fit a cocker spaniel), but at least they are using it. [​IMG]

    Silly thing to be happy about, but I'll take my smiles where I can get them.
     
  2. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Awesome! I have a nesting box as well and was pleased that Autumn ( Started to lay a few days ago .. ) layed IN the nesting box! [​IMG]
    We need a pic - [​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Is Autumn a meat bird too? I have normal sized nestboxes for my layer birds, but I'm afraid the meaties are going to have to share the one crate. Those things are expensive and take up alot of room in the coop.
     
  4. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

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    Quote:Autumn is a Standard Dark Cornish Hen. She recently started laying, two days ago. [​IMG]
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I think that's sweet!! [​IMG] Especially the fussy, maternal sounding one. It's kind of like they're showing you their appreciation for being rescued...
     
  6. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    That is Fantastic! [​IMG]


    I know it is strange (ok strangeness and me go hand and hand) but I have always, always felt sorry for the pullet cx who are processed. Yes, I feel bad for them all - having to live such a short life, but the girls always seem a waste to me. Must be from growing up on a farm - boys are food and girls are for making more food. [​IMG]


    Fingers crossed that your nest fluffer decides to go broody [​IMG] Wouldn't that be an adventure. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy :

    Autumn is a Standard Dark Cornish Hen. She recently started laying, two days ago. [​IMG]

    Then with her coloring I suspect Autumn is a perfect name for her. Congrats on the first eggs [​IMG]
    I need to get busy naming the meaties; only two of the pullets have names. First I have to figure out a way to tell them all apart. Decided against leg bands, so maybe colored zip ties.​
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:The thought had crossed my mind. As you probably know, I have pleaded, begged and prayed for a broody for going on three years. Wouldn't it be a hoot if the only broody I get is a cornish X? Man, she could cover alot of eggs! [​IMG]

    I doubt that would ever happen. I'm just happy that they are happy. I knew y'all would understand. [​IMG]
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:Then with her coloring I suspect Autumn is a perfect name for her. Congrats on the first eggs [​IMG]
    I need to get busy naming the meaties; only two of the pullets have names. First I have to figure out a way to tell them all apart. Decided against leg bands, so maybe colored zip ties.

    That or color their secondaries with a non-toxic marker. [​IMG] I did it with my Wyandottes. . .

    So, by rescue, do you mean you're not using them as Meaties? How heavy are they by now? I'm hoping they have a restricted diet. Congrats anyway! [​IMG]
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:They were culls from a neighbors commercial broiler houses. Pulled out at 3 weeks old for not growing fast enough. The girls each weigh between 8 to 9 lbs. at 22 weeks old. They are healthy and get around just fine, albeit with a little bit of a waddle. They are outside to free range during the day and only allowed access to feed in the late afternoons. One is partially blind, so I don't expect too much of her. She gets alot of extra TLC.
     

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