Hi guys, hope you are all well. If you have chickens I hope they’re well too. If you or and the chicken(s) are unwell I hope you/them/both/all/they get better soon.
Recently we have put down a fence so the chickens don’t ruin the gardens with dust baths! Although you’d have thought it would have worked because it’s high, Midnight has managed to find a way to get over it:
Find a pot/stone high enough to jump onto.
Jump onto it
Fly over the fence
Although this is a clever idea sometimes she can’t get back as there are no pots close enough! We’ve found a couple of times she has managed to get back in but sometimes she hasn’t! Oh dear!
Also quite recently I noticed that Snowy has plucked out feathers from here sides and her bottom!! We aren’t quite sure why she’s doing this but if you think you do please comment.
Bluebell had also found a way over the fence but this way was slightly better (for her not us!)!
Her method was:
Find something high and stable to stand on
Fly and land on the fence
Let the fence collapse with her weight and then run off on the other direction
Then run back when she was done!
You can see why it better for her and not for us but luckily she doesn’t do it any more.
If you have got any funny things your chickens do then be sure to tell me and I’ll try and give your chickens a shout out!!
Sadly Stripey (the barred rock) died 😦 . We were all very sad and will miss her very much.
Happily though we have bought a new hen called Midnight. Midnight is a black rock and is very pretty. We think she is bottom of the pecking order ( the order of their strength) with Bluebell at the top and snowy in the middle.
A funny fact is that we had our first egg today last year – Monday the 18th September 2016.
We found some new treats for the chickens at Waterworld on the Wirral. We bought these while we were getting goldfish for my birthday. They are made of all natural ingredients such as nuts, corn and raisins. You get two sticks in a pack for £4.99.
At first our chickens were scared of it because they didn't know what it was. But then Stripy pecked it and then carried on. Stripy, if it's not at the right angle, puts a claw on it and rearranges it before putting her claw back on it and eating it. Our chickens really enjoyed it and it was worth the money.
We have 3 different breeds of chicken. They all get along with each other. The White Sussex. The Sussex chicken is a dual purpose breed of chicken that originated in England around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43 that is a popular garden chicken in many countries. It lays about 250eggs a year.
The Bluebell. The blue-slate coloured Bluebells are one of the biggest of the hybrids and also one of the most popular. They are derived from various types of Marans Coucou and Rhode Island Red. They can come in light slate grey or darker grey shades. They have a large red comb and black feet. It lays about 260eggs a year. The Barred Rock. The Barred Rock is a hybrid derived by crossing a Barred Plymouth Rock (cock) and a Rhode Island Red (hen). It gets the bars (attractive black & grey stripes) in its feathers from the Barred Plymouth Rock which gives it a very attractive plumage. It’s a reverse cross of the Black Rock and like the Black Rock it is a reliable and tough bird. It can lay up to 290eggs a year.
Yesterday and today we have let the the chickens out to roam our garden.
Yesterday we let them out 1 hour before dusk. Stripey fell a sleep whilst standing and sitting outside and inside so she missed all the fun. Yesterday if one hen went in the rest would go in and then if one went out the others would go out. This kept happening for about 30minutes. Finally at about quarter past eight they went in to bed.
Today we let them out at 2pm and they initially acted the same – in and out.
All but Stripey have been for lunch. They have now been out in the garden for 1.5hours and seem quite happy clucking and roaming around the garden or sunbathing.