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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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09/05/2007 9:12 pm
barg
DoctorGoose wrote:
That's some egg. I love how Mrs. Nezbit is totally posing for all her shots! What a pretty chicken! (Winnie too--tell her I said that).

told them both,
Winnie says:"whatever"!
Mrs.Nezbit says: "Send a special thank you to all my adoreing fans, I just love all the little people"
She then went on some rant about wire hangers, so I left.

Last edited by barg (09/05/2007 10:15 pm)

09/06/2007 6:51 am
SpottedCrow
Good old Joan Crawford lives on...
Seems like there's an uneasy truce going on so make the best of it.
Obelisk seems to peck Penny more if she's in the "wrong" place. Like on the windowsill or the back of the chair because that's HER spot. But they sleep at night with no problems.
I love the comparison pic.
09/06/2007 9:40 am
PeiTheCelt
Thank you so much for chronicling this. Although we are still in incubation stage, we're expecting to pick up some new babies in the spring to introduce some new blood to our mutt flock, and this is giving me some great starting point knowledge about the good, bad and ugly of introducing differently aged birds.

(The pics are also great, I have a fairly minimal concept of how fast chickens grow, so your photos have been REALLY educational! )

09/06/2007 11:39 am
domromer
hey,


I've been away for awhile, how are the ladies all doing? Have they been fully intergrated? I just finished the tractor so we are going to try them all together this weekend.

09/06/2007 4:09 pm
barg
No they arn't
I'm planning to wait till winnie acts like a chicken rather then a chick, she has started to cluck, now she just needs to gain a little more weight.
They are sleeping together at night but seprated in the day.
Last night Winnie somehow got through the devider early and slipped past Hazel, running into the coop before they were all settled in; She may be starting to show a little bit of assertive behavior, or maybe she just wanted to go to bed....

Hope yours goes better then mine has so far and Welcome back

Last edited by barg (09/06/2007 4:10 pm)

09/07/2007 10:14 pm
thndrdancr
did you read my post on my two chicks!
09/07/2007 11:30 pm
barg
Just did, and posted a reply.
That sucks bad but i'm sure it won't last.
#278 09/08/2007 12:11 am
ozark hen
barg wrote:
Ok, I guess I have to ask this question.
Hopefully some of you who have been more successful then I, will have some thoughts on this.
The reason we separated the chicks from the pullets was that, there was a big fight and Colleen found Esther lying on the ground like she was dead.

Despite this ordeal and the fact that she shows no sign of becoming less afraid of the older girls,
The last few nights she has been sleeping right next to the big girls in the coop.
Winnie sleeps alone on the other side of the roosts, as far from the big girls as she can be.

There is plenty of room on the roost to be away from the big girls and yet, Esther snuggles up in the middle of them at night.

The big girls beat the crap out of her earlier in the day, why is she sleeping next to them?
She isn't just near them; she's right up against them.

 

Barg, I have some tiny silkies who were picked on at first...but since mine free range they can get away from the big girls during the daytime. But I found one of the tiny silkies started bullying his way in between the big girls to roost at night, they pecked and pushed but he held his ground and now they ignore him. Everyone is fine at night as soon as the.."move that's my spot" gets resolved. Now they all free-range right beside each other but it took quite awhile for the pecking order to be established. I have all different ages together now. Even mama hen and her chicks who are now about three weeks old are loose in the coop.

#279 09/08/2007 2:03 am
barg
Carrie,
I envy you
If only I had the ability to let them free range.
I still believe that eventually I’ll get them together.
I think Winnie may be starting to get some courage.
Hopefully, when she does get over her fear of the big girls, she will protect Esther.
Esther is a push over but Winnie may end up owning the place someday.
09/08/2007 3:54 am
ozark hen
Yes, I can see where free ranging has huge advantage over penned birds. We tried penning them in a 50'x50' area but they all flew over it I do worry about this winter though. Right now they have lots of thick bushes to hide under but come winter when the leaves are gone it will be another story and the red tailed hawks may have a field day.


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