My gorgeous girls - beautiful brown hens!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Metanoia, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Metanoia

    Metanoia Chirping

    Aug 4, 2009
    South Australia
    My girls had their first free range time in the garden last weekend and absolutely loved it.

    I spent hours watching them and taking photos.
    They spent hours dirt bathing in the garden and exploring the world outside their pen.





    And this one gives you an idea of their home when there is noone around to supervise. They have run of the fenced area during the day with a bit of dirt to scratch in and grain that we put out for them

  2. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    I bet they had a blast! They look just like my Ginger, who is my very best layer. Very nice hens!
  3. sred98

    sred98 Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Great pics! They all look very healthy and happy!

  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I love that all-around-the-lunch-dish shot. Your girls are VERY goodlooking.
  5. Metanoia

    Metanoia Chirping

    Aug 4, 2009
    South Australia
    Thankyou very much everyone.

    The dish shot was a fun one to take. I wish I had a faster camera because as I took a shot the camera would make a noise and they would all look up in unison. I wish I could have got a shot of that as well. They were eating pollard as a treat. They love that stuff!
  6. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    They were eating pollard as a treat. They love that stuff!

    I'm just curious. What is Pollard? Is it a grain that we here in the United States might know by another name? I'm always looking for new things for my girls to eat you see?

    Your girls look as though they really enjoyed their day. Isn't it always so delightful when you can do something to make them as happy as they make you!? [​IMG]
  7. raroo

    raroo Songster

    Nov 5, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    Aw, they are very pretty! I like the pic of them eating in a circle. [​IMG] Looks like they had a great time!
  8. Metanoia

    Metanoia Chirping

    Aug 4, 2009
    South Australia
    Quote:It is a grain product like bran, but I think it is finer still. Do you have bran?

    Bran and pollard are the by-products of wheat flour milling from different parts of the wheat grain. I believe you may also be able to get rice pollard as well.

    I think you might be able to find it if you go to a place that sells livestock supplies. The only reference i can find online is in relation to feeding horses.

    Basically you prepare it the same as if feeding a horse. You mix in water slowly until the pollard clumps together and takes on a more mushy cereal appearance. If they have trouble eating it you can make it a bit wetter. It must be mixed with water because it is quite fine, and this is a treat food, not an every day food. The water helps with eating and digestion.

    The reason why I have some is my mum also keeps chickens and she accidentally ended up with 2 or 3 which were de-beaked before they got to her. They were having trouble free ranging, so she was supplimenting their food with pollard as it was easy for them to eat... and all her chickens went mad for it! Must taste pretty good!

    If I remember this weekend I will see if I can get a photo of what pollard is and post it up for you.
  9. TheChickenShrink

    TheChickenShrink Poop fiction

    Apr 23, 2009
    Quebec, Canada
    Your girls are gorgeous! I love the picture of them feeding taken from above. [​IMG]

    Do you know the breed? There seems to be a lot of RIR in them.
  10. sweet tweets

    sweet tweets Chirping

    Jul 3, 2009
    beautiful! and why do you still have soooo much greem? my hens have stripped the yard! LOL

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