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Follow up on the chicks - they quickly acclimatised to the "big" chook run and are now part of the pack though they still cheep like little chicks at half grown. Took them maybe three nights to figure out where the big chooks roost and they joined them.
Just about ready to get some chooks next week. They can have the run of the orchard, just need to put up some barriers to prevent them destroying the veggie patch.
The recommendation was to put the four babies into the run at dusk but I didn't want to be stumbling around in the half dark on uneven ground with a box of chicks in my hands....so I put them in this morning. They had a wonderful day foraging around in there but at dusk they all started calling for help. Two of them got out into the main yard and tried to get back into their baby pen. They let me pick them up and I ended up stumbling around in the half dark trying to get them to sit on a perch. Which none of them would do...kept getting down and trying to get back to their old pen. So I put them into an old dog house that was in the run and they quickly went to sleep. See how tomorrow goes.
They will fight for sure Lissa. You don't need to worry or intervene unless blood starts to flow (seriously - a bleeding chook will risk getting pecked to death). Introduce them at bed time. They can't see well in the dark so they just tend to cuddle up together. Usually, when they wake up they have at least accepted the new birds as part of the flock.
I'm introducing the young half grown chickens to the general populace of chickens this weekend. Any suggestions on how to make it a smooth transition? I'm just hoping that the big chooks don't attack (pecking order) the young ones.
Starting to get eggs now Darren.
I'm still getting nothing from the female quails Darren, although my boys are crowing. The girls should start again soon.
Currently looking after a flock of 20 or so chooks of various breeds along with two handsome roosters. We have hatched out four surviving chicks from incubated eggs and suspect one of the hens has a clutch of eggs hidden away somewhere. Most amusing.
Hi everyone just wondering if anyone else is receiving eggs from their jap .I have been collecting them now for two weeks ,although Ive not heard Roger crow yet indicating probably unfertilised eggs
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