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 Post subject: Re: My first flock
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 3:41 pm 
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Cute as buttons!

Please continue to keep us updated!

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 Post subject: Re: My first flock
PostPosted: Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:12 am 
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Well the baby's are still going well- hard to take photos as they dash around a lot. The combs still look the same size but they have feathered up quite differently so I still suspect the first is a boy and second a girl- time will tell!

They were skinny for a long time and I couldn't work out why until I found the polystyrene box behind the door- I hadn't realised that it was something chickens would eat - but they had eaten a lot!

I'm hoping now that is removed they will flourish. They like to sit on my shoulder and peck at everything. Really just fantastic animals! Will post pictures if I can get them to stay still long enough!


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Oh good!

I was waiting with baited breath for an update!
I'm glad they're back on track now and getting lots of love from you.

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Hi Trillian,

I've just read through this entire thread, and wow, your babies are beautiful and are hopefully a 'happily ever after' for you.

Having chooks is definitely an addiction, and its so lovely to see them bringing you so much joy.

Keep up with the progress reports, its nice to see a happy ending after such a rough time.

Cheers,
Michelle

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Hi Trillian, l have only just spotted this thread, sorry about your girls. l hope that you enjoy your new little ones, they are very cute!

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Great to hear that they are thriving :) Well done on spotting (and stopping) the surreptitious polystyrene eating! Cheeky little chickadees :)

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I managed to get a couple of them still while they were having a drink. I think first one is a boy and second a girl but its just a guess


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Awwe, they're gorgeous!

I agree on the sexing.

Are you keeping them both? Please do! It would be so cute brother and sister. :-D


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Gorgeous babies!
How old are they? I would not write the top one off as a cockerel just yet. They both look like girls at this stage to me. Nothing that shouts boy....yet lol.

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 Post subject: Re: My first flock
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Thank you all for your kind words

They are 8 weeks this week- wow time goes fast!

Arquella they are absolutely staying here even if they are both boys - I love them heaps!

They like to jump on my knee and then jump on my shoulder- cute but nerve wracking with a sharp beak near your face!

I spent today putting together a tractor for them so if it is a nice day tomorrow they will have an adventure outside- should be an experience! Will let you know how it goes


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Trillian wrote:
Thank you all for your kind words

They are 8 weeks this week- wow time goes fast!

Arquella they are absolutely staying here even if they are both boys - I love them heaps!

They like to jump on my knee and then jump on my shoulder- cute but nerve wracking with a sharp beak near your face!

I spent today putting together a tractor for them so if it is a nice day tomorrow they will have an adventure outside- should be an experience! Will let you know how it goes


Oh lucky them! The first time outside is always fun. Although I find they become a bit more chook-like from that period on which is a bit sad.

One of my pekins used to hop on my shoulder, and since I have been blessed with freckles, my face often came off second best. When she wasn't hungry though she'd run my hair through her beak. Very very cute.

Goodluck to you. :-D :-D


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Wow, they are huge now! And both black. Could have sworn when they hatched that they'd both be blue :)

Agree that the second is a girl. Reserving judgement on the first :)

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Hi Trillian! I too have just read your whole story! Broke my heart in a lot of places. I'm about half a year into my first flock, I got mine as day olds and really don't know how I would handle if anything bad happened to them! I too have learnt the simple joys of silly chickens entertaining you for hours on end!

I'm really glad to see the two babies from Gwen are growing up nice and healthy! What cuties they are! :)


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 Post subject: Re: My first flock
PostPosted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 10:27 pm 
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Rach the first one is egg A and second one egg B :-D yes they have the beautiful beetle green sheen coming through- the feathers are still coming through but those that have come through are so soft and shimmer in the light.

Had their first trip outside on Sunday which they eventually loved - played and scratched and looked out at the world.

I think my hen may have gone broody this morning, (having given me 5-6 eggs a week for the last 10 weeks). She was sitting on the nesting box and tried to peck me when I opened the door- she had no egg this morning and was still still sitting on nest when I checked her this evening- will check to see if she has an egg in the morning.

May have to learn about debrooding as my next chicken skill set!

Thank you all for the sympathy on the loss of the girls- it's really special being able to share the grief and the joy of new baby chickens with people who understand.


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