Monday, 26 March 2012

Spot the Cockerel

I am starting to think the development of tail feathers might be about to give the game away for the life expectancy of the males

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Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Big Outdoors

It's a nice sunny day today and so I have put the chicks outside for an hour or so to see what they make of it. As you can hear, their peers had something to say about it.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Sizing up to each other

They have really started sizing up to each other as you can see here! or maybe it was just the effect of the constant exposure to Radio 4

Slip Sliding Away

Ooopps ..................

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Days 3-4

The rate of development with the chicks is really remarkable. They are all eating, drinking and pooing readily and all very active. In case you didn't know, chickens don't wee, it's all a combined process with them. Far easier in my opinion! We cleaned them out today, and because they keep clogging up their water with the wood shavings I have left them just on some newspaper for the moment. One immediately started scratching around on the floor like the adults do, and as you can see in the video, their feathers are already starting to appear. They can't go outside until they have their full plumage, so we are still some way off of that.

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Friday, 16 March 2012

Sleeping Babies

ADORABLE with a capital 'A'

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This is it .....

There is always a downside to having pets, and yes, my chickens are very much my pets. From the 18 eggs that arrived in the post, we incubated 17, 11 of them looked promising after 19 days when we candled them. There were two that Thomas and Lizzie were not quite as sure as I was that they would not hatch ..... but I was right. So from the promising 11 we now have 7 robust and healthy chicks. 2 almost made it and whilst we heard definite signs of life, they didn't actually hatch, and two others were too weak to survive.

It's been a learning curve for us all, me for doing something I would never have really chosen to do, I'll let you work out what that is, and for the children to make some grown up decisions altogether about 'doing the right thing'. We are not out of the woods yet, because unless anyone has any useful suggestions about what to do with the boys, when we work out from their plumage and vocal ability exactly who they are, there are some more unpleasant deeds to be done in a few months time.

I hope you have enjoyed this exciting week with me, I will do it all again and probably later this year, but it will never be quite the same again, mainly because next time I will thankfully know what I am doing.

A HUGE thank you to @simonpickles who has been on the other end of the twitter & texting airwaves helping me in my moments of need.