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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:40 pm 
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Poor little unsuspecting chookens, thought they were safe to sleep :lol:
I went to lock the chooks up this evening, all of them were perched so peacefully I thought it might make a nice photo so came back later with the camera. Colours may be a bit off at night but at least they are nice easy subjects to work with, if you can get them to keep their eyes open long enough :biggrin:
All bantam Indian Game, 2 blue pullets and all the rest dark. There are a few in this bunch that I am quite happy with, I'll try to get some daytime photos of them standing sometime soon.
Time for another perch, in a week or so's time they won't all fit. This is how they were sleeping until rudely interupted and shuffled for photos.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:05 am 
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Good grief Booth ! You're a tall un ! :thumbs: If that had been me, I might very well have been looking up at the perches. :rofl:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:16 am 
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Love Indians. Beaitiful healthy looking birds there :D

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:34 am 
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OH they're gorgeous. I've become quite taken with Indians since seeing a beautiful one at this year's Uraidla show. If you lived in SA I'd be putting my hand up for one of yours that you aren't happy enough with to keep in your breeding stock....


More photos please.... :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:26 am 
they look lovely and glossy and healthy.

imagine the perch as a little rotisory :lol:

trying to keep torches in the right position is hard. last time i tried one straped to my head but i found it frustrating.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 10:53 am 
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Truetome wrote:
Good grief Booth ! You're a tall un ! :thumbs: If that had been me, I might very well have been looking up at the perches. :rofl:

:lol: As it was I think I was up on tiptoes with the camera just about touching the roof with just enough room to push the button, it wasn't that easy trying to get them all in the one shot.

Ruff I usually do the rounds with a little tiny torch about 3 inches long but I couldn't find my little ones so it was a bit tricky with the big one, luckily my camera is only a little tiny thing, I imagine it would be far more difficult with a bigger camera like I think you have :hmmm:

I have a few cockerels to do, a rotissery would be nice :yipee:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 3:24 pm 
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All bantam Indian Game, 2 blue pullets and all the rest dark.


Not sure what you meant, but I can see more blues there.
Sometimes blues are so dark they look black until you have a close look.

Nice healthy birds and they all pretty,so are those photos.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:01 pm 
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ruff wrote:
they look lovely and glossy and healthy.

imagine the perch as a little rotisory :lol:

trying to keep torches in the right position is hard. last time i tried one straped to my head but i found it frustrating.



One evening I was a chook short at roosting time. I went to find the torch so I could see under the patio but the battery was flat so I asked my neighbour. She handed over one that looked like a smaller version of what you would see miners use but instead of the hard hat it was made of adjustable straps.

It was very handy as it kept my hands free whilst I tried to manuevre the rake to get the lost chook out of its hidey hole.

I must go off to the camping shop soon and get one.

it looked something like this:

http://www.outdoorswarehouse.com.au/pro ... dlamp.html


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:26 pm 
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Such beautiful birds :claps:

What do you feed them?

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:36 pm 
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chickenPox wrote:
Not sure what you meant, but I can see more blues there.
Sometimes blues are so dark they look black until you have a close look.

I'd like there to be more blues (I like the blues) but in this lot only the 2 pullets, you can see them in the first photo with them all sitting on the perch, first one is third from the right and the second is 6th from the right. All the other photos of the blues you can see are of these 2 pullets.

Although I have not yet had a blue so dark as to appear black so I will have to have a yet another look at them, :roll: as if they haven't been looked at enough already, they can't even sleep in peace :lol: Maybe I'll take some more photos while I am at it :thumbs:

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What do you feed them?

Chickstarter until 8ish weeks and then pullet grower until grown.
These have been freeranged from very young (probably around the 4 weeks old mark or maybe even a little earlier), the weather was plenty warm enough for them not to need the lights in the brooder anymore. I am in the process of seeing just how much difference the freeranging makes in the chicks particularly in the leg colour. I have a batch of plymouth rock chicks around 3 weeks old with their "mother hen" which have been freeranging since a few days old and I am so impressed with their leg colour. I usually brooder raise, it would be an interesting series of photos to see the comparison between brooder raised and mother raised. Has anyone ever done a topic on that before? Would love to see it if there is one.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 8:06 am 
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I thought you may have some magical formula but it's just gold old freeranging :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 11:32 am 
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No magic formula, I find my indians to be really easy, healthy, no fuss chickens.
Here are a few day time photos, :lol: it's not as easy when they are all moving around. Boys were not really cooperating, I'll keep trying for some better shots of them.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:11 am 
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A couple more shots from the same pen (except for an extra blue indian cockerel who is a few weeks older who was in the pen at lock up the night before).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 10:00 am 
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I don't know much about indians but i will have to say they look really healthy and very cute. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:43 pm 
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Hi Booth, seen a glimpse of your home made feeder out of bucket and plant saucer,
would love to see full picture and does it still have lid attached to top to assist with holding together and keeping
dry,great idear. nothing wrong with the birds either looking good
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