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Mr Roper

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12,026 posts

161 months

Sunday 25th October 2020
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Show off your loveable, odd little friends here.

Having recently bought a house with 2 hens (one now dead) and a cockerel I found myself thrown into poultry life. Never thought these goofy little st machines would get such a hold on me.



I’ll start..
Clive, Maude, Ethel, Horrible whitey, (Not pictured)((The one pictured is cool) and Mavis.
I swop their names around as I see fit except for Clive.







Plan is to convert one of my barns into a chicken palace and get to the heady and obsessive heights of 20 chicken pals.


The floor is yours...






Edited by Mr Roper on Sunday 25th October 18:16

the cueball

634 posts

22 months

Sunday 25th October 2020
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Got 4 of them, Today they were enjoying a fresh bag of Billy Goat spoils....


scrw.

2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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Have 3, Jennifer, Clarissa & Nigella. Bought at 3 month olds during the summer, just starting to lay now. Nigella (speckled black one) lays blue eggs.

3 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

big3 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

jennifer by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Nigella by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Started out with a small house, they now have a 3x3m pen and waiting for some fence improvement to allow some garden roaming.

BoggoStump

265 posts

16 months

Tuesday 27th October 2020
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Mr Roper

Original Poster:

12,026 posts

161 months

Tuesday 27th October 2020
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BoggoStump said:
I'll almost certainly be looking to rehome caged hens when I've completed the barn.

P700DEE

1,013 posts

197 months

Tuesday 27th October 2020
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My latest three joining my one remaining during lockdown. Rescue hens from https://freshstartforhens.co.uk/

scrw.

2,298 posts

157 months

Saturday 31st October 2020
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scrw. said:
jennifer by Old_Chad, on Flickr
4 months later....
IMG_20201031_163119 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Mr Roper

Original Poster:

12,026 posts

161 months

Saturday 14th November 2020
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3 cocks.


Tyre Smoke

17,789 posts

228 months

Saturday 14th November 2020
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Ruby, Rosie, Trixie and Betty.

Goldlines, bought as six month old pullets and now the most free range of free range hens. At least 3 eggs a day, at least two double yolkers each week.

My wife's happy lil cluckers.

jinkster

2,091 posts

123 months

Sunday 15th November 2020
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Edith, Henrietta, Margot and Penelope.

(2 x Light Sussex and 2 x Bluebells)

Mr Roper

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12,026 posts

161 months

Saturday 21st November 2020
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I don’t think they like the new decor...




AlvinSultana

680 posts

116 months

Saturday 21st November 2020
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Mr Roper said:
Show off your loveable, odd little friends here.

Having recently bought a house with 2 hens (one now dead) and a cockerel I found myself thrown into poultry life. Never thought these goofy little st machines would get such a hold on me.



I’ll start..
Clive, Maude, Ethel, Horrible whitey, (Not pictured)((The one pictured is cool) and Mavis.
I swop their names around as I see fit except for Clive.







Plan is to convert one of my barns into a chicken palace and get to the heady and obsessive heights of 20 chicken pals.


The floor is yours...






Edited by Mr Roper on Sunday 25th October 18:16
The tricky bit is when you end up with multiple cockerels. The day comes when someone has to go.........

FredericRobinson

2,408 posts

199 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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The best result I had with hatching home grown eggs in a 24 egg incubator was 18 hatched, 16 cockerels....

scrw.

2,298 posts

157 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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Sunday is bedding change day

2020-11-22_02-52-02 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Sunday lunch is mealworms thrown in with the fresh sawdust, keeps them busy for ages

2020-11-22_02-50-59 by Old_Chad, on Flickr

Going to do away with the small house soon, need to get some pallet wood to build a house about 4ft off the deck for snoozing and laying, The pen is waterproof and fairly windproof, they prefer to sleep outside whatever the weather but I put them away each night, hopefully can build something to keep them warm that they will perch in without assistance.

Edited by scrw. on Sunday 22 November 17:22

Mikebentley

2,731 posts

107 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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Have had as many as 120 at a time. Down to a more manageable 6 presently but do need a few more.

Jay586

11 posts

101 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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If they're not wanting to stay in a coop, check it for mites.

Mealworms aren't good for chooks, apparently.


AndyAudi

2,277 posts

189 months

Sunday 22nd November 2020
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They are cool creatures to watch, so inquisitive, I started with half a dozen ducks on folk farm when at school, then got an incubator & discovered I could buy eggs from eBay! Ended up with quite a few weird & wonderful birds, then an opportunity to go commercial came & I killed the hobby flock & got 8,000 free rangers, then another 12,000!

scrw.

2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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Jay586 said:
If they're not wanting to stay in a coop, check it for mites.

Mealworms aren't good for chooks, apparently.
Its a newish coop, its too low for them, they prefer being high up to roost. You sure on the mealworms? I can only see good things (dried ones)

scrw.

2,298 posts

157 months

Monday 23rd November 2020
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Hereward

2,970 posts

197 months

Wednesday 25th November 2020
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New batch of ex-batts getting an olive oil basting before roasting for Sunday lunch.