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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:32 pm 
Showy Hen
Showy Hen

Joined: Sun May 13, 2012 5:12 pm
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Location: Melbourne
Okaru, that sounds amazing. I loved your description of how things went with the first broody hen. Roosters can be so adorable. Wish we could have one here. Are all of yours Sussex or a mixed lot? There's something particularly hilarious and chaotic about a chicken situation that is going pear shaped. We've had a few of those, including the first time we added new birds to our small flock and tried to separate them, but one of the newbies wanted to get to a nesting box URGENTLY.

Another occasion that was special was when our first pullet laid her first egg, but she was very attached to me and wanted me there keeping her company (took her several hours) and every time I walked away she came after me and pecked my feet until I came back to the nesting box with her... !

Thanks and I'll try to get some pics of the run and coops up. Now I feel I must finish painting the fence first...!

Staffordshire Bull Terrier, a tripawd Beagle mix, 2 Pekins, a Bantam Light Sussex, a Bantam Salmon Faverolles, a Bantam Australian Langshan, a hive of bees and a family of boys. And at the moment, 4 chicks... what sex will they be??¿¿¿¿

PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:56 pm 
Dapper Duck
Dapper Duck

Joined: Fri Apr 28, 2017 6:04 pm
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Location: NSW Southern Highlands
Your descriptions made me smile.......
We started with 2 coronation Sussex hens and a rooster and two australorp hens. I am just letting things happen as they happen, but am starting to think about some experiments with egg selection (as in, who laid them and who fertilized them) to improve my sussex, though some of the cross breeds look REALLY pretty and I may have to convince Mr O to "allow" some side experiments. :oops: At present there is no plan to show or sell them. We just like them and they provide a lot of balance and sanity to our otherwise stressful lives. :hiya:

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