Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chooks

  The Chicken House


It all started with these 3 Isa Brown Cross chickens.  They were just pullets when we first got them.  
I've never been a big fan of birds, all the flapping and sharp gouging beaks always scared me off.
I didn't realize that chickens don't have gouging beaks only ones that can peck so I was relieved.






My hubby said, "I know you will like them".  Look what he started.


This chicken on the right got it's head stuck under the cage one day and we thought she wouldn't survive but sure enough she's still going strong, a little smaller and stupider but still running around scratching.


They were growing so fast we had to move them out of the triangle cage in to one hubby thew together in an afternoon.



This chicken on the right, Drumstick is boss at the moment but the one in the next picture is trying to take over the pen.

  
Her name is Chilli and she's getting bossy and picking fights with Drumstick almost every day now.  Wonder who will end up being top Chick?
  


Here they are on the left having a chat and trying to work out who's going to be boss.



We had to make the cage a bit bigger as soon there will be more chickens taking up residence in the coop.
They are very funny the way they turn their heads to look at you and can't say they're shy.  In fact the opposite is true and they check out everything and anything new.
Such time wasters but they always bring a smile to my face. 














Then we went into Thornton pet shop and saw these fluffy little leghorns.  They were in a bunch of about 10 chicks and were just begging to come home.  So I only got two, so they could keep each other company.


We moved the big girls into their new home and gave the triange coop to the leghorns.  They have much longer legs than the Isa Browns and really long tail feathers.  So cute and fluffy and chirpy at this age (approx four weeks)  The kids called them Caesar and Nugget, hmmmm...


 Soon they grew to pullet size and as we've had them from a younger age they follow you around.  We let them out in to the garden to eat all the bugs and they love getting in the long grass.  They love finding snails and go crazy when they discover one.  One will run off with it with the other one in high pursuit.





  
Here they are at approximately three months today.  Out in the sun, scratching, pecking and having a great time.  Hopefully they will both be girls but one has a much redder crown than the other so we will just have to wait and see.



Then a couple of weeks ago I was looking on Gumtree and saw that Anthony, the guy we got the Isa's off had a couple of different breeds of chicks for sale.  These chicks are Barnvale chicks, a breed from Holland that have black and brown spotty feathers and grow to be quite large.
I told myself if they were too young we wouldn't bring any home but look, how could I resist.  I almost got three but thought two was enough, considering we already have five :)


 The little one, Chelsea, thinks our son is it's mother.  He picks it up all the time and it's not very scared of any of us.  The bigger one, Samantha, is a bit more jumpy and doesn't really like being touched and handled like Chelsea.

Chelsea likes climbing up under your chin, giving our son a laughing fit.


Here on the left is hubby with both of them, before we know they will be far to big to hold in your hands.


The Barnvale seem to love sitting on top of each other.  Keeping warm and toasty under the light and feathers.
How small, warm, cute and fluffy they all were.  We picked the smallest and the one with the most stripes and brought them home.  What can I say.










Our daughter showing one of the local kids the new baby chickens.  She's taken to these animals more than any of our others.  Hopefully all the chickens will be chickens and no roosters have been brought home but there's no way of knowing until they're fully grown.
They've been keeping me busy and entertained.  I'm surprised at how much I like them.  Never thought I'd like chickens :P