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Everything posted by egglicious

  1. The thing is I don't think mine will be freeranging, at least at first. I guess the safest thing is to move them while they are in the cube?
  2. Uh... when you move the cube and run around the garden, where are the chickens? Are they in the cube?
  3. Are they bantams or standards? Australorps are calm, docile birds that lay lots of eggs. They are said to be an ideal backyard chicken.
  4. Well I was just outside checking them out. Still no redness to be found anywhere on combs or wattles. Tiny bits of pink on some of them... who knows!!!!
  5. Oh no... PLEASE don't let my baby RIR be a man!! Fingers crossed!!!!!
  6. RRecently someone told me they would help build me a WIR. After I told him I had an eglu I never heard from him again! Not sure if it is related but the way some folks react I wouldn't doubt it!!
  7. Well my babies are six weeks old tomorrow! Soon they will be outside full time but for now they still come in for bedtime with their brooder lamp. Here are some photos of them playing yesterday. Still trying to guess who is a boy and who is a girl so any help is very much appreciated! White bantam cochin Partridge bantam cochin White silkie Rhode Island Red bantam Little black silkie Red bantam cochin Bantam buff Brahma I have a beautiful black australopr, welsummer and speckled sussex as well but no photos yet!
  8. I think that is very good for them! It's what they forage for anyway.
  9. Have a lookherequite a few of us have volunteered for them at rescues That is so neat. And by the way, I LOVE jamie oliver (so cute, plus he can cook)! In general you folks are way ahead of us when it comes to animal welfare, although things are definitely moving in that direction here in the US as well. Right now there is a big controversy because an undercover animal welfare activist filmed how horrible pigs are treated in one of the major pork production places in the country. The individual went under cover as a worker there. The company's response is to try and pass legislation to make filming secretively in a livestock factory illegal! They just might get their wish, too. It's a mess. Anyway, I apologize to the OP for hijacking her thread. It's really amazing to see so many people who care so much and are so passionate about chickens. I really love chickens!
  10. Well, if they are all hens I will be in for some trouble, because I don't have the space!! Here are some more pics.. Beautiful partridge cochin bantam White silkie Speckled sussex
  11. The first I heard of exbatt rescue was on this forum. I'm not even sure if they have that here in the states.
  12. Everything you said makes perfect sense. I was referring to those that have suggested the OP has been irresponsible, which I thought was harsh. I guess I am just surprised. Also, where I live there are lots of folks who will take on older hens. I have great friends who have a couple pet hens, and many, many egg layers. They freerange all of them and they are treated great. But once a year they rehome the layers as they are in the business of eggs. They never have any trouble finding what my friend calls "hippie chicks" to take the hens and love them. But that is just the area where I live. You certainly would not find that everywhere in the states.
  13. I don't really understand why so many have told the OP to cull her chickens rather than find them a new home where they can spend their last days in the garden pecking around and such. How is this a better option? I realize that you have to be extra careful when you are rehoming your chickens but it really looks like that is what the OP is doing by researching options. And i'm not saying that those who do cull their older hens are wrong, but to suggest that the OP has been irresponsible by taking on the hens in the first place and she should probably just cull them... am I the only one who senses the irony here? As for me, I have ten baby chicks and I know some of them will end up being little boys. I'll be finding them homes where they hopefully won't be eaten. It won't be easy but oh well. As someone who has eaten my fair share of chicken in her life I just don't feel like I can go around pointing fingers!
  14. Well I just spent about thirty minutes loading pics when my phone crashed and they were all lost. Here they are again. My sweet little runt, a black silkie named Sofia One of my big girls, Dorothy, black australorp Blanche, a speckled sussex My Favourite little baby RIR bantam. No name yet, please be a girl!!! Little white silkie. Wondering if this is a roo. Little white frizzle cochin. Worried it might be a boy. Pretty little bantam buff brahma ..... please be a girl!
  15. Amen. Sorry but I think the judgement on this poster needs to be toned down. It's not really helpful to her or her hens to say what you would never do. People from all walks of life and with all kinds of different circumstances and needs keep chickens. This poster has given her chickens a wonderful life and is now looking for options on how to give them a great retirement. I wish her and her chickens the best of luck. Wish I could help but I am in the US!!
  16. I'm very new at this but have been doing some research on deep litter as well. I think wood chips are the best, pine or aspen is what we use here in the US, but if we could get aubiose here I would do that as many folks talk so positively about it. Like the said I just think it's very, very important that the run stays totally dry or you will end up with a huge soggy mess...
  17. Hello all! I am asking a lot of questions and I just want to thank everyone again for helping this newbie out. I have ten three week old chicks who have become horribly spoiled. Every time they see me they want treats... and I confess I am a sucker for those little furballs. I only give them dried mealworms and once a day I give them some yogurt mixed with a little feed. It is not just yogurt but a special probiotic with lots of good bacteria. Anyway, their little crops sure do get full and they go crazy for both the mealworms and the yogurt... but am I giving them too much? Oh, and sometimes I also give them a little bit of hard boiled egg with their yogurt.. I just don't want them to gorge themselves. I mentioned in another post that they always dump all their feed everywhere so i'm kind of confused as to whether they are getting too much or not enough food!
  18. It is a heavy bottomed dish, they can't knock it over. I filled their dispenser just about two or three hours ago and they immediately threw it all over the floor. I don't know what to do because the second they see me coming they start cheeping in such a seemingly distressed manner, but I think they just want treats!!
  19. Hello all! I was wondering... I have some chicks about three weeks old who keep kicking their feed all over the place until their dispenser is almost empty. Since their feed is all over the floor of their brooder I haven't been adding more food more than once a day, but yesterday when I added it they all immediately came over and started eating like crazy, even though there was still food on the floor.. could they be not scratching for the food on the floor and only eating from the dispenser? I thought for sure they would be scratching around for their food on the floor.. I don't want them to starve but they are also costing me a lot of money wasting all their feed! What do you all think? Thanks in advance.
  20. YAY!!!! pictures please... Well, at the moment it's in pieces in the garage. Soon!
  21. Well I was prepared to take your advice redwing but today she didn't seem to hate me. In fact, she was quite happy to take dried mealworms directly out of my hand and run like mad around the brooder! So funny. She was calm so I picked her up and lo and behold she did not scream. Guess she doesn't hate my guts afterall!!
  22. My chicks are about three weeks old. Some of them are very docile and a few are pretty assertive and bossy. Could these be the cockerels? Can you sometimes tell the gender of a chick by the way they act? Thanks in advance!
  23. I have a tiny, and I mean tiny black silkie chick in my new flock. She (I say she with lots of hope) REALLY hates it when I pick her up. She screams and won't eat the treats I offer her. I love her because even though she is so tiny and I was kind of worried about her at first, she is a real s"Ooops, word censored!"py little thing and is thriving. I don't want to scare her so much so I end up handling the other tamer chicks more. Do you think she will always be this way or could her personality change as she ages? I have always heard how sweet and friendly silkies are but the two I have are kind of skittish, especially when compared to the sweet little frizzles I have!

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