Chickies First Day Out

It was such a beautiful day today, a welcome break from the rain, that I decided to put the handraised trio outside in the portable rabbit run. I did have to move it to around the east side of the house as a nice cold wind was blowing in from the south west. I thought that it might be a bit too cold for the pampered three on their first day outside.

Chickies were a bit freaked out by the spongy wet green stuff beneath their feet so used to sawdust they were. I think the big wide space they were suddenly presented with was a bit startling too. And just to freak them out a little more, I put the rabbits in the run too! Funny to watch. Not sure who was freaked out more, the chickies or the rabbits.

I’m hoping that by Spring I’ll have these handraised chickies (boys or girls) and the bunnies all living together in chicken tractor of some kind. We’ll keep them close to the house and them to work on the various garden beds we’re putting in around the house. After harvesting the veggies we’ll put the home flock (which will probably include a couple of hens from the other flock, the ones who don’t lay all that much) to work clearing the bugs, fertilising and scratching so there’ll be less work for me.

Anyway, the chickies enjoyed their first day outside. I’m sure there’ll be plenty more to come. I’m off to investigate portable runs, houses and the possibility of rabbits and chooks sharing the same space.

Who.are these strange creatures?

Who.are these strange creatures?


Greetings small furry one

Greetings small furry one


Shall we go inside?

Shall we go inside?

Chickies

Well, it’s been two weeks since our second lot of chickies hatched. All of them are feathering up quite nicely and growing well, and the best thing is that we’ve lost none of them. With the last lot we’d already lost two of the day olds we’d bought in for Scales to raise. Still, there’s a long way to go before I’ll be confident of their survival.

Below are tonight’s photos of the chickies with the broody hen in their outside house. The goldy brown one is a wheaten Araucana, the dark one is a black Araucana, the two light ones are a Light Sussex and a mixed breed farm chickie (there’s a little bit of black on the farm chickies wings – then again, I’ve just noticed a little bit of black on the wings of the Light Sussex too, so maybe the farm chickie is a pure breed afterall).

Arabella's Chickies 2

Arabella's Chickies 3

Arabella's Chickies 5

These are photos of the hand raised three – goldy one is the other wheaten Araucana, light one is a Light Sussex and the one with black wings is another mixed breed farm chickie.

Plumage

Plumage

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Which Rooster?

From our first lot of homegrown chickies we have three roosters. The plan was always to eat any roos we hatch, however, the roos crowing don’t bother our neighbours so now we have the opportunity to keep a couple for breeding purposes.

The Gold Laced Wyandotte was always destined for the tsble, so there’s no problems there. But then there’s Barney (my only Barnevelder) and Brownie (my only Rhode Island Red). Barney has always been a favourite – eats from my hand, tolerates pats and is easy to pick up and he’s a beautiful looking bird. Brownie, on the other hand is quite plain in comparison, but he’s a big boy and likely to put meat on the bones of any offspring.

However Brownie is scared of his own shadow and is forever running away when another chook looks at him sideways. I do wonder if that would change if the other two got the chop? Barney is not afraid and is busy asserting his rooster rights. And then there’s the added fact that I’ve got a new bunch of chickies coming through and three of them are Light Sussex – any roos from this bunch will also put meat on the bones of their offspring. And I’m hoping for an Araucana roo – really like getting coloured eggs 🙂

At this stage, Biggest and Brownie are for the pot. Barney gets to hang around a while longer. Of course, it’s always possible I’ll change my mind again!

Hatching – Day Two

3 chickies hatched yesterday (day 21). One Araucana & two Light Sussex. Still waiting for four more eggs to hatch – I think I saw another egg pipping. Maybe.

Kathy’s bringing her broody chook, the chickies and any unhatched eggs over. We’ll put any unhatched eggs in the bator and set the others up in The Broody Hen House and put two of our incubator chickies under her.

Xav desperately wants to hand raise one, so we’re keeping the Araucana chickie for him. If any more eggs hatch Kael will hand raise one too.

Of course if the broody doesn’t accept these chicks we’ll be hand raising all of them plus any eggs that hatch. At the last minute Kael decided he wanted to keep one of our incubstor chickies too, so the broody (who I’ve decided to call Arabella Topknot) only ended upmwith one extra chickie. We’re handraising a Light Sussex ss well as an Araucana.

Only one more egg hatched, another of Kathy’s mixed breed farm chickies. This one is white with a black tyre track on it’s head. We’re hand-raising it with the other two and have called it Skid.

Boys and Chickens

Boys and Chickens