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Esther and Winnie Fluff to Feathers
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Golden Laced Wyandotte and Easter Egg Chicken as they grow from chick to Hen
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08/09/2007 10:42 pm
barg
Lots happened today. 8.5 and 16.5 weeks old

The Australorps combs literally grew over night last night.
Their combs look remarkabley different and have turned red.
Yesterday I could tell them apart by their combs and today I cant.
Fortunatly, a while back, Emerald slightly damaged her beak and I can tell them apart from that.
I'm going to need to come up with some other ways to tell them apart.

Domineak the Dominique is sick and Iv'e posted a thread trying to find out why. She is keeping her right eye closed all the time and acting generally sick, not eating etc..
This may end up effecting the integration of the chicks with the pullets and our vacation as well.

After reading another thread on EE's I Took a good look at Esthers tail today and noticed that she has Black feathers with a green tint to them. Now I have to wonder if this is a roo trait since the EE I read about that has them is a roo.

Winnie has not developed anything that would confirm her sex, her wattles are still small, comb color unchanged.

Tomarow we buy a camera and pics should resume.

Last edited by barg (08/10/2007 6:46 pm)

08/10/2007 2:50 pm
GoodEgg
My wyandottes are SLW, not gold. But ... I just thought I'd say that mine have had very reddish combs from around 3-1/2 weeks, and bigger than those on any of my other breeds. I was worried when I saw the first one. But they all have them now, and are pretty similiar to each other. They are supposed to be 4 sexed pullets, from MM.

I'm hoping that wyandottes just have a little bigger, redder combs than the other breeds I have. I noticed the BR's are starting to catch up a little.

My banty roos are easier to pick out. My jap HAS to be a roo, he's getting the hackle feathers as well as comb/wattles and carrying on with his attitude. The partridge rocks aren't far behind ... I think they are roos too.

I'm not an expert at all by any means, but I just thought I'd share what I see on mine, for what it's worth. I hope you end up with Esther and Winnie BOTH being pullets!

trish

08/10/2007 3:13 pm
barg
GoodEgg wrote:
I just thought I'd say that mine have had very reddish combs from around 3-1/2 weeks,
I'm hoping that wyandottes just have a little bigger, redder combs than the other breeds I have.
I just thought I'd share what I see on mine, for what it's worth. trish

It's worth allot, thats exactly the kind of information i'm looking for, thanks

Curious, are your Wyandottes bossy?
Winnie still chases Esther all other the place pecking at her and jumping at her.
I really think she's gonna be in for a rude awakening when she confronts Domineak, (when Domineak gets better that is)

08/10/2007 6:47 pm
barg
A video that shows how I get photo's of my chickens

Australorp Screen Test Video

Added at Archival creation:This Video features Mrs.Nezbit my Alpha Hen; a 16 week old Australorp in this video.
This is located on youtube, it's short so downlaod shouldnt take long, Enjoy

Southern28Chick wrote:
That's cute.

Thanks you

#125 08/10/2007 11:12 pm
barg
Todays update:
The new camera has been put off, at this point it is doubtful that I will get a new camera before the conclusion of this thread, however I will get some pics from my video camera, even if they arn't as good.

Domineak seems to be recovering and at this point , it seems as if it were just something in her eye or possibly a small scratch on her eye.
I have concluded that chickens show pain and illness much more freely then parrots.

As for integrating the chicks, i'm going to play it by ear, see how things go, I may attempt something tomarrow, we will see.

The chicks are now 2 days from 9 weeks.

If you havent seen the video above this post, Don't deny yourself and when your finished, remeber to write a review

Some week 8 pics, such as they are...


Last edited by barg (08/11/2007 12:14 am)

08/11/2007 5:01 am
thndrdancr
I love the video, Barg! lol Now how did you do that?

Mine cant do that, oh my. Mine DO know a few phrases tho, "get off the porch", "get down", and "go to bed, its bedtime" and "goodnight" They sure dont respond to No very well altho they hear it enough. lol Now I need to compete and teach them left and right...sigh.....

Last edited by thndrdancr (08/12/2007 4:01 am)

08/12/2007 3:10 am
barg
Esther & Winnie ~ First Blood ~The Integration

9 Weeks Old Today: Today I took down the wall.
Things did not got well.
We executed the plan as I had mentioned earlier in this thread.
To my surprise, it was not the Dominique’s that went after the chicks, it was the Australorps, and they went after them with a vengeance.
The chicks ended up at the far end of the tractor while the older chickens ate their food and ocassionally, one of the australorps, would run over and attack one of the chicks.
I stopped the experiment when I saw that Winnie had sustained an injury to her beak
.

It's good to have a camera again


.

We did get a new camera last night. After the confrontation, Colleen gave the chicks some rasberries.


I will be adding some video of what happend as soon as I get that edited, Keep Watching for it!

Last edited by barg (08/21/2007 7:49 pm)

08/12/2007 6:23 pm
barg

This is a Video of A Couple of the Attacks


Most of the attacks were done by the Australorps and off screen from the camera's view.

I Am looking for Ideas on what to do next...
Right now I have 1 Dominique and 1 Australorp in the run with them.
They arnt really bothering the chicks but the chicks desparatly want out and are glued to the far side away from the main coop.

I started with one and then added another one, hoping that they would slowly get more at ease with each other; so far, that is not happening.

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to post them in this thread.

Thanks

08/12/2007 7:46 pm
barg
It was my hope that this could serve as a resource for people in the future.
Documenting the raising of a couple of chicks, it was intended to ask the kind of questions that people tend to ask throughout the corse of raiseing chicks.

This is my second time around but with new breeds.
I am still pretty new to chickens, Ive had them for 17 weeks now and have learned alot, but there is still allot I don't know.

It seems as though some people don't answer any of my questions in this thread because they see it as a blog, it's not intended to be.

I belive some people don't bother looking at this because they have seen the thread before and see allot of posts in it already, thats a shame.
However I do know that people look at this thread because I watch the numbers on it.

The less responces I get on the questions I ask within this thread, the less useful it will be to anyone in the future (and frankly, less usefull for me now).

So, if your under the impression that i'm not looking for this to be an interogative thread, please know that this is not the case.
Your input is very important to me.

For those select few who have made a point of answering, even if they wern't sure of the answer, I thank you.

Last edited by barg (08/12/2007 8:10 pm)

08/12/2007 8:05 pm
Chickenlover88
Sometimes it's best just to let chickens hash it out. Eventually they will get along. I would let them all together for a few minutes every day. All my older chickens are now bonded enough to free range together and share a pen. These include a year old bantam hen, a 15 week old bantam cockeral, a 7 week old bantam pullet, a 7 week old rir cockeral, and a year old Turken rooster. I just let them see each other for a few weeks and now they can all live together. Wow those poor chicks in that video, I really enjoyed the last set of pics your chicks are adorable. Also wanted to say i've had a few hens suprise me by having red combs and wattles early on and not turning out to be roosters so there is still hope for your little girl. Good luck with the integrating of the flock!

Last edited by Chickenlover88 (08/12/2007 8:06 pm)

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