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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:22 pm 
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I went to Berry on Sunday and came home with these three! The original plan was to get 2 only but Mum couldn't resist the deep eyes of a blue Australorp. :D

These are the two silver-pencilled Wyandotte bantams who are supposed to be about 9 months old. At the moment they are named Cleo and Minnie. They are teeny small - I would say about 600g but I will weigh them and worm them soon so I'll find out.

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Now here is Violet the Australorp, around 18 months old - she does actually have two legs, despite the photo. I was SO anxious about how she would get on with the other two but so far they are fine. She is boss but there have been no fights.

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She was wormed this morning and weighs 1kg. All three new girls have been trying to fight my girls through the wire which doesn't bode too well, but I am happy to leave them in their temporary set-up for a few weeks to alleviate things. Violet has laid 2 eggs already!

It might seem strange but one thing I am so happy about is that they all eat their pellets. When I last bought 2 Australorps at an auction they absolutely refused to eat any type of pellet I put in front of them. Only by making it into a mash could I get them to eat anything. They have both been rehomed now but it was such a relief to see them hoe into the regular pellets that my girls eat.

Anyway they are pretty cute and hopefully will become part of the flock soon! Just had to share.

Oh and here is the mini group

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:38 pm 
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they look lovely, enjoy :grouphug:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:46 pm 
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Pretty birds! Thanks for sharing :)

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:33 pm 
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Beautiful girls, I didn't know Austrolops came in any colour than black?? I am new to raising chickens.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 5:46 pm 
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How lovely! Look at the lovely eye on that blue girl - how could you possibly resist that! Those two little ones are so sweet, too!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:14 pm 
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Mazza wrote:
Beautiful girls, I didn't know Austrolops came in any colour than black?? I am new to raising chickens.

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In Australia both large size & bantam Australorps have a standard for black & for blue. You also see white ones around from time to time, as well as splash ones.

In some countries, such as South Africa, they've developed a range of colours.

I have 2 blue bantam Australorps... and they're the BEST ! Even compared to my black ones. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:44 pm 
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lovely new birds, you must be so happy!! :thumbs: :chicks: :claps: :catch:

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 2011 10:28 pm 
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Lovely girls! I have a silver pencil girl, she lays like a little trooper and has a kooky personality, only downside is her tendency to go broody! Great choice in chookies. Have fun with the new additions to your family. :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:10 am 
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Very nice , thanks for sharing great photos

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 7:12 am 
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They are very pretty. You are certainly accumulating a nice looking flock.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:20 pm 
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:oops:

Forgot to also post earlier....

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS !! You must be a very proud mum. :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:34 pm 
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Thanks everyone - I do think they are splendid. They are having a fairly miserable settling in period because it has been non-stop rain. I have constructed a little roofed area so they are huddled under that most of the day.

Now for a question: the plan was to leave them in their run for a couple of weeks but Lucy the beagle is giving me a lot of grief - she has squeezed herself in 3 times and eaten their food and today she has been walking on top of the run, knocking over the wire fence and tramping over the netting I have pegged over the top. She doesn't touch the chickens, she just wants the food. So I either have to lock her away in her run or be around to supervise. It's alright now because she spends most of the day in her kennel out of the rain but once the rain is gone I will feel bad leaving her locked up all day while I'm at work. How long should I aim to keep the newbies separate? I can relocate their little run to the pool area garden which is away from Lucy but then there will be no contact with the rest of the flock which I thought would help ease the two groups together.

And one other thing - when I do let the new girls free in the yard should I let them all out at once or one at a time? The new girls are not backwards in coming forward and I suspect there will be some fighting - would it be better to have them all meet each other at the same time or will that turn into gang warfare?

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