My Australorp Journey!

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  1. JennysHens

    JennysHens Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all! Thought I'd post some progress info/pictures :) The chicks are 2 weeks old today and doing great after a bit of a rocky start. I've named them after the main characters in Hocus Pocus! Their personalities line up with their corresponding "aged" sister (I just lump 'oldest' as biggest and 'youngest' as smallest haha) and I figured it would be a fun theme! So we have Winifred (Winnie), Mary, and Sarah. Here's hoping no roosters, or they'll just have girly names! The girls are eating like piggies and quickly out growing their brooder, so it'll be time to improvise a new living situation on my next day off, I'm thinking of making a tunnel and adding an adjoining tote since I have so many I don't use and I have all the materials for it. We shall see.

    They're very eager to eat from my hand and the 'youngest,' Sarah, is extremely friendly and inquisitive and will hop on my hand so I pick her up, bring her up against my chest and she snuggles in and pecks my glasses haha. They've all learned to "step up" on my hand when I remove them to clean the brooder, I can just scoop under their bellies and they hop on my hand to move from point A to B. Every evening now before bed I scoop them up one at a time and gently stroke their backs and hold them in my lap for about 5 minutes. The eldest and youngest both fall asleep in my lap and really seem to enjoy me gently petting their backs. Mary, the middle child, is the most nervous and won't completely settle in but she's getting better and better and enjoys being pet.

    Now for the best part - pictures! First the 'eldest' Winnie. She has the most white on her face and belly, in addition to being the largest:

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    Then we have the 'middle' girl, the more nervous Mary. She has one side of her beak that is white, the rest black:

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    Lastly, the 'youngest' and bravest Sarah who has the least white on her:

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    Forgive the big ol' preggo belly, it likes to take over any pictures it can hahaha. I finished building the coop today, so it's out in the yard airing out a bit and waiting for them to feather up. I'm hoping the warm weather keeps so I can slowly start introducing them to the outside world in another 2 weeks or so, depending on their feather condition :)
     
  2. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    Thanks for the photos, sounds like your girls are making themselves at home. And congrats on expecting!
     
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  3. JennysHens

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    Thanks! What part of FL are you in? We just moved here a year ago from West Palm, my sister and grandparents are in Jacksonville :) just curious!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Aww....they sure are adorable!! You will love your Aussies. They were all I kept when I first got started in chickens. My BA's are still my favorites! They are so sweet, docile, affectionate, smart and love to lap sit!! They fight over who gets to sit closest to mommy. LOL

    Enjoy your babies and thanks for sharing!! :)
     
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  5. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    We're between Gainesville and St. Augustine, so sort of southwest of Jacksonville. If you want to "meet" other members in FL, come say hi on the FL state thread:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/305793/florida-always-sunny-side-up
     
  6. JennysHens

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    Thought I'd let the girls explore the room they're in, get them some space outside of their brooder bin to stretch their legs. They had other plans - spent 15 minutes curled up preening and snuggling up on my feet rather than explore! [​IMG] We'll see as they get more comfortable with the space and new routine if they explore more, but I'm perfectly fine with some snuggle buddies too hahaha

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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Holy Crow are they adorable!! [​IMG] Aussies are just the sweetest breed out there!!! :)
     
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