Just "inherited" 2 hens.

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by AstroTurf, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. AstroTurf

    AstroTurf In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2015
    South Africa

    In December my brother committed suicide and I inherited his two Rhodes hens (or so I have been told).

    They were hand reared by him and are the most placid chickens I have ever come across.

    My sister had them from December but as she lives in her parents in laws house and the chickens have no boundaries they have ended up in my house (which I don't mind, these two hens are great pets).

    Anyway, after getting to this site on more than one occasion I decided to join.

    Great resource :)
  2. AstroTurf

    AstroTurf In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2015
    South Africa
    Oh thought I would mention I was informed last Sunday and set up a temporary space for them between then and now including 2 days of being booked of work due to a small health issue.
  3. AstroTurf

    AstroTurf In the Brooder

    Mar 4, 2015
    South Africa

    Apologies for all the posts, can't edit.

    This is how they are set up now.
    I will be building them a much larger enclosure very soon, hence joining.
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear about your brother that must have been an horrendous time for you and your family :hugs
    The learning centre is a great place to start for lots of info on keeping them safe, healthy, well fed and housed. Here is the link https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

    Wishing you the very best of luck and be sure to ask any questions you may have, everyone here to help and very friendly :frow
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Sorry about your brother :hugs Good luck with the hens and coop building, the girls look like red sex links, sold under various names depending on the hatchery, Red Star, Golden Comet, ISA Brown etc, they are really really good layers of brown eggs.
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So very sorry for the loss of your brother. He had to have a lot of love inside him to raise such docile chickens. I have heard that breed is not the friendliest. You are very clever and resourceful to have put together living quarters for them with so little notice. Very glad you joined the flock, and hope to hear more from you.
  7. deacons

    deacons Songster

    Oct 8, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Sorry to hear about your brother.

    Your set up for them looks very nice. In fact, I think I want to borrow that idea for the short ladder sitting area outside the coop, I think my girls would really like that. One thing you might want to do is raise up their food and water dishes so they're off the ground. That will help keep the straw out of the water bowl. It could be as simple as getting a flower pot you can rest the bowl into so it's sort of chin height for the chickens. Or flipping a broad-based flower pot over so that the bowl can sit on top of it (vs. in the mouth of it).
  8. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC - I am so sorry that your introduction to chickens has come in such a sad way. I agree with Kelsie, your lovely ladies appear to be red sex links, great birds who produce loads of nice, big, brown eggs.
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    I'm sorry about your brother. [​IMG] Good luck with your two hens!
  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your brother.[​IMG] You've done a very good job setting up for your two new birds at short notice. Good luck with your birds, and if you have any questions, just ask. We'll be happy to help in any way we can!

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