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I brought home chickens!

Discussion in 'Feathered Friends' started by Savage Destiny, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    I'm so excited. I've never had chickens before! Yesterday I picked up 4 hens from a friend of mine. They're all 8-10 months old, a couple are just starting to lay. There is a Buff Orpington, Gold Laced Wyandotte, Ameraucana, and Black Sex Link. They're very well behaved, easy to handle girls!

    Gladys and Sylvia working up the nerve to come out of the coop.
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    And Gladys braves it!
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    Then I dragged them out, because I saw black spots on their combs. I had a total meltdown until I sent pictures to my friend I got them from and she assured me it was just scabs from them pecking each other. They're still figuring out their new peck order since they're in a smaller flock now.

    Sylvia checking out the run.
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    Gladys glaring at Melon, who was behind a fence.
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    What's on top of the coop?
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    Tillie and the leftover food!
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    Berta eyeballs the water bowl.
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    Tillie and Sylvia hang out a lot.
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    I love how delicate looking Tillie's head is.
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    I LOVE THEM. Gladys and Berta are definitely top of the pecking order, they pick on the other ladies a little. I'm sure that will taper off as they adjust. Tillie is definitely the most shy, she's kinda just tentatively walking around and hanging out on top of the coop. She has been scratching around with Sylvia the last half hour or so though. <3
     
  2. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    VERY pretty birds, i miss my chickens </3 some kind of critter ( i THINK a coyote) got them all :(.. I can't wait to get new chickens but i am saving up money so i can have a better set up for them
     
  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    They have beautiful coloring.
     
  4. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    Just going to come out and say it. Gladys looks tasty. That is all. :grin:
     
  5. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    One day they will be food. Probably dog food, lol. At some point I'd like to move to a big enough property that I can have a big flock, including roosters so it can self sustain, for meat and eggs. I'll have meat rabbits too, and then we and the dogs can eat strictly home grown meat. :)

    We did have an adventure today. I just spent 3 hours putting up bird netting over the run since I found naughty Miss Tillie...
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    That fence is 8ft tall! I'm assuming she flew onto the tarp and then up there. Thankfully she is the most docile girl and enjoys being held and petted, so I threw a ladder up there and grabbed her no problem. Then we had fun putting up the bird netting. I am worried this fall that falling leaves will bring it down. Hopefully I can keep it knocked off enough, but that's the reason we didn't have a "roof" in the first place! My friend is shocked, apparently none of them have flown that much before, haha.
     
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  6. omgrobyn

    omgrobyn GRCH Dog

    Pretty AND mouthwatering.

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  7. Dispatch273

    Dispatch273 Little Dog

    They are adorable! I love my chickens :)
     
  8. Beret

    Beret Bullyflop

    Mmmm... nuggets.
     
  9. MMSmith

    MMSmith Good Dog

    Love them. I loved my chickens growing up. We always fed them to the dogs, too...I was too much of a weenie to eat my birdies.
     
  10. Savage Destiny

    Savage Destiny Big Dog

    It's kind of hilarious this got dragged up after all this time! :) There have been some changes in Chickenland. We lost Berta. :( Her abdomen filled up with fluid, and nothing I found suggested an outcome where she lived, so I culled her before she got uncomfortable. I did a home necropsy and she had ovarian cancer, she was just absolutely filled up with tumors. I still can't believe she was walking around acting normal.

    But, we brought home two new girls in July. River, a Mottled Java, and Peep Peep, a Blue Orpington. They've settled in nicely!

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    They are also really friendly and like to perch on me, lol.
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  11. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    I love them!!
     
  12. Dispatch273

    Dispatch273 Little Dog

    They are beautiful! I love the blue orp...so pretty! Sorry to hear about Berta :(
     

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