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Discussion in 'Where am I? Where are you!' started by duckyfromoz, Nov 16, 2011.
Hope all you Victorians are ok today !
Yes it was peaceful, he got bumble foot several months ago and has been a cripple since. I sensed something was up yesterday , so I sat with him and gave him good pat and cuddle. Laid him in the sun to warm his old bones while I made him a nice soft bed of grass clippings. And that is where I found him this morning, just looked like he was sleeping.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year fellow Aussies
I'm quietly in the background enjoying your stories, loving the pictures and sadly reading of your losses also. Sorry to hear about your rooster Fancychooklady But, I do need your help/advice again please?
I have 2 x 11 week old Silkies, Tina and Suzi (hopefully!) and Cilla (bantam black cochin) is their mum. She was a wonderful mum until she cut the cord at 7-8 weeks and now I have problems ....
Cilla went from being a wonderful mum to constantly picking on them. If they are all in the run together the bubbies hide in one of the two coops and the only break they seem to get is at night or if I boot Cilla and Aunty Dusty out for a free range. The bubbies are interested in free ranging but it is not safe to let them out because if Cilla or Dusty are anywhere near they panic-scatter and I am worried they will go through the fence or end up hurting themselves. Funnily enough they are great with me, they come when I call them and when I set up their temporary free-range pen they quite happily peck and scratch right next to me but as soon as Cilla comes over, they run
They are scared of the Aunty Dusty (bantam langshan) also but she does not pick on them, basically just ignores them.
I just checked on everyone and Dusty is in the dust bath (typical), Cilla is stretched out right in the middle of the run and Suzi and Tina are nervously sitting in the coop.
I basically think that the problem is that Cilla has given them such a hard time they are so scared of her now. Cilla appears to have stopped hunting them down but they have not forgotten!
On boxing day I sweated it out in the shed converting an old timber fish tank stand into another spot for them to shelter from the weather, complete with tree branch perch. Hopefully also another place for Tina and Suzi to hide from Cilla. Having said that, haven't seen anyone use it yet!
Has anyone heard a similar story? I am wondering if I persevere until they are older; let them sort it out or is it time to start thinking about a permanent solution? I really do not want to have two separate families
Sadly, it does not seem fair that poor Tina and Suzi appear to spend the majority of the days they are all in the run together in hiding
Any chance that as the bubbies get older they will not be so scared? Do you think I will ever get to see all four of them happily pecking in the run and garden together?
Christmas! Bah humbug- it means I lost a whole day of chook house building!
Teila, space is the answer to your problem, and as with all things chicken, food! My little surrogate silkie just went back to her rooster when shed had enough of the kids. Let momma out and the little ones will relax. They are just sorting out their pecking order. Give them half a water melon or a honey dew, some corn , just something that will take a while to devour. Often they get so preoccupied with getting more than their fair share that they don't have time to squabble .
If you think momma is getting too big for her boots , remove her for a while.
I sometimes think that we humans could learn a lot from chooks. Imagine how much simpler our lives would be if we just kicked our kids out of the nest when we'd had enough of them.
On a brighter note " chicken little " is still mothering her foster babies.
Thank you Fancychooklady; as always, good advice and lovely pictures!
Luckily they do have a lot of room, two coops and a nice long run for 4 chickens.
After posting this, I was watching them from inside as I think my presence sometimes causes issues with jealousy. The two adults were in the run, checking out the new structure and the two bubbies had snuck out of the coop and were in the dust-bath, so maybe things are not as bad as I think they are. I understand they are establishing their pecking order but yes, I do think mumma can be a bit big for her boots but she is the matriarch!
I am going to hang in there for a bit longer, hopefully now that Cilla has stopped being so bossy the little ones will gain a little more confidence ... I will be one happy little vegemite if I get to see them all scratching and happy together.
I will definitely try the food distraction as well
"Imagine how much simpler our lives would be if we just kicked our kids out of the nest when we'd had enough of them." Lol, very true, my 28 year old son is still living at home!
Oh Ash, you sound like the Xmas grinch.
Oh well now that it's over you can get back to the " Taj Mahal " of coops.
Only joking! I only lost HALF a days chook house building, as my family met for the evening meal on Xmas day!
Well, despite interruptions, some solid progress has been made.