Update on the rescue meaties - pg.2 - another one cheats death

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    The rescue meaties have been with me for 22 days. I'm estimating their age to be around 6 weeks old now. They are all doing great. Only a few of them (3 cockerels) are getting larger than normal. A fourth one was but I convinced him "Baby" to spend more time moving around and less time sitting in front of the feeder.
    My one problem at this point is a nameless cockerel that is very stubborn. I spend their free range time taking him out of the brooder with him kicking and screaming the whole time and putting him down outside. He immediately makes a beeline back to the brooder. I hesitate to close the screened door, blocking his access to the brooder because the other chicks like to come and go. So now I park my chair in front of the doorway and he spends his time figuring out how to dart around me.
    Well, at least he's moving. [​IMG]
    Kinda sad really that these birds can become so conditioned to being raised inside, discouraged from moving around, that it frightens them to do anything else. [​IMG]
     
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  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! I'm glad that you're getting him moving! I wouldn't be surprised if your meaties have a long, happy life especially with being smaller than normal and free-ranging.
     
  3. smileybritches

    smileybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    would you come to my house and sit between me and the computer?? [​IMG]
     
  4. love_a_duck

    love_a_duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Gracie has become my meaty shadow. I could tell myself that she just loves me, but I know she's figured out that by following me everywhere she can catch the crickets and grasshoppers I stir up walking around.
    Tonight while Gracie was happily foraging in the yard I attempted to slip up to the big birds coop to check for eggs. Got halfway across the garden when I realized that Gracie was following me. Okay, Gracie you want to be a big shot. Get aload of these big birds. All my brahmas leaned in to get a closer look at Grace. If it's possible for a chicken to climb the human body, Gracie sure did. Help Mama! They're gonna eat me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
    I can tell you one thing for sure. If I didn't have 2 dogs and 2 cats in the house, Grace would find herself being a house chicken.
     
  6. damselfish

    damselfish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Smileybritches, it is not nice to make someone choke on their Saturday evening glass of white wine.

    Glad the meaties are doing well.
     
  7. TheMadChickenLady

    TheMadChickenLady Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I need you to do that for me, too!
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  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I think I need you to do that for me, too!
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    I dunno. Are y'all as fast as this little meatie? He may be fat, but he dodges well.
     
  9. smileybritches

    smileybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

    The fat part I got covered, dodging eh..not so much. [​IMG] I think its great that you take the time to retrain this guy to be a chicken. Hopefully once his brain is rewired he will be out and about.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:What I'm finding out with these meaties is that once they catch their first bug, they're hooked. After that first taste of a juicy [​IMG] cricket, they can't wait to go out each day.
     

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