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Posted: Sunday 9 March, 2008

by Rosemary at 12:56pm in Poultry 2 comments Add your own

Our Hubbard meat chicks are now 7 weeks old and will be changing from chick crumbs to grower / finisher pellets over the next week or so. They are all growing well and have (finally) got the hang of the ladder up to the roosting area. This saves us the job at night of putting them to bed! Of course, now they've got the hang of it, they disappear at the first hint of inclement weather - which deprives Tess of her hen TV. They don't seem as active as the chicks we bred and raised ourselves last year, but maybe they're bred not to burn off energy tearing around. They are certainly very docile.

Hubbards

Our Brown Leghorn hen died recently - we assume the fox got her, which is surprising since she was the most alert and flighty of all our hens. She was also the oldest hen we had - we got her in March 2003 so she'd had a decent innings. She was Dan's Dad's favourite, so he has a few of her feathers in the band of his hat!

Brown Leghorn

The eleven remaining hens are laying six or seven eggs a day, but we think one is eating eggs. We just haven't identified which one yet. I think it's mainly the Light Sussex and the Black Rocks that are laying - the three RIR are a bit older than these.

We haven't got another cockerel yet and might not bother just now.

A friend of mine has recently taken delivery of three Black Rock pullets - now called Madge, Annie and something I can't spell but which Margaret's wee grandson can say. Her husband has built a superior enclosure in their back garden, so when I visit, I will bring back some photos.

Comments

Wanda

Friday 14 March, 2008 at 12:45am

I just LOVE those chicken picture! Thank you very much!

Hope you find the right MR. Chicken and that he does not get ate by the local fox!

We still have plans to get a chicken coop up. It has started to snow again here. We can get snow until June. Although I have seen it snow on the Fourth of July around here! YUK!

Have a great day! I love visiting this site!

Matthew

Thursday 28 November, 2013 at 4:33am

What hatchery did you get your Rhode Island Reds from

Your hens beautiful

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