So I reckon I have 3 cockerels and 3 hens. Of the 3 hens, one is probably going to die (J-Lo) and the other currently has a blocked crop! Last night was a big lot of drama, trying to force feed the chicken some olive oil, and massage the crop. Poor thing. No, poor me! I'm frightened of the critters (not big on flapping wings and poo etc) so I held it in a towel and even touched it's head. I'm not having such a great run, am I?
Now, onto the suspected cockerels. One of them is quite obvious - he's quite upright in his stance and very inquisitive. The other two are not quite as upright, but all 3 suspected cockerels are quite forward when it comes to eating food out of my hand and this morning, when my little girl was standing next to the cage, one of them jumped up and flapped about towards her. It could well have been that he was trying to have a look at what she had in her hand, but I couldn't help but wonder if he was perhaps being aggressive? They're about 5 - 6 weeks old... would this be right?
I don't think I can stomach the idea of slaughtering my own chooks at the moment, regardless of how nasty they are, so if it comes down to it, I'll either get the tougher half to 'dispose of' them. I don't know if I can even bring myself to bring them back to the breeder (who said I could bring them back and swap them for similar aged hens), as I only paid $5 each for them. I guess when it is confirmed what they are, I'll see if anyone on here wants to munch on them, as this wouldn't bother me at all. Maybe then I'll get a couple of Plymouth Rocks or Barnevelders as friends for my white dudes.
I found a place near where I love, that sell organic chook feed. I plan to use this for them when they are old enough to not require medicated feed. At $35 for 25kg, I think it's quite good value - I was expecting it to cost upwards of $50 for 25kg.
On the garden front, the seeds I sowed on Sunday (lettuce and pak choy) have all sprouted! Well, I did also sow corn, but I'm not expecting to see them for another few days, so who knows. I desperately regret not being better at this successional thing, seeing as the first lot of corn I grew were beautiful! I was even quite surprised at how well pollinated they were, given the fact that I only ended up growing 3 of them and hand pollinated them to the best of my (limited) ability. They were evil F1 hybrid types, but just beautiful.
Ok, better run!