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Deb
14-12-2009, 08:10 AM
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We have had an Eglu Cube, which is a nice trendy chicken house, for a while now as it was our intention to rescue some ex-battery hens. However, we have found it really difficult to get hold of some - apparently there are a lot more people keeping chickens nowadays and adopting them, and they are becoming as rare as...erm....hen's teeth! :rolleyes3:<v:shape id=Picture_x0020_2 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 12pt; HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-wrap-style: square" o:spid="_x0000_i1027" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://wdisneysecrets.com/forums/images/smilies/General/biggrin.gif"><v:imagedata o:title="biggrin" src="file:///C:\Users\Debs\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\c lip_image002.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape><v:shape id=Picture_x0020_3 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 11.25pt; HEIGHT: 11.25pt; mso-wrap-style: square" o:spid="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://wdisneysecrets.com/forums/images/smilies/Emotismilies/rolleyes3.gif"><v:imagedata o:title="rolleyes3" src="file:///C:\Users\Debs\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\c lip_image003.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>

So yesterday we decided to stop waiting and went to a local poultry keeper who came highly recommended and chose some lovely 18 week old sweeties to come home with us! We got 7 hens and a cockerel (we don't have any close neighbours! :thumbsup: We chose all of the ladies from the same pen so that there was more chance of a happy harmonious flock.<v:shape id=Picture_x0020_4 style="VISIBILITY: visible; WIDTH: 22.5pt; HEIGHT: 13.5pt; mso-wrap-style: square" o:spid="_x0000_i1025" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="http://wdisneysecrets.com/forums/images/smilies/Emotismilies/thumbsup.gif"><v:imagedata o:title="thumbsup" src="file:///C:\Users\Debs\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\c lip_image004.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape>

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Now, we had a system for naming them....we named one in connection with each of us, so this is our cockerel Rico surveying his new harem (named to pair with our cat Lola...all together now :piano: ”Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl...at the Copa, Copacabana....His name was Rico, he wore a diamond....”)

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This is Rosemary, who was named to continue the herb theme started with
Sorrel Dog. She has a green sheen to her feathers so it suits her :yes:

http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p111/Debwitton/Rico%20and%20hens/Rosemarycrop.jpg


Sybil, who was named to pair with Basil Puppy :D . She also has the same black and brown colours as Basil

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The lovely Elizabeth, partnered with Mr Darcy, who also has the same colours as him

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Meggie, who is named for Mr Deb's dear departed Mum

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And Edie, who is named for my lovely late Nanna

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Last but not least....well, we’re a bit stuck for a name. We thought maybe a Christmas theme. Maybe Olive (the other reindeer :D ) or Holly?

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They started eating straightaway, and pecking at the grass which they love. They have been raised in a barn so haven’t been outside yet and were very interested in it. They have to stay in their pen (which is more than large enough for them) for at least a week before we start letting them out, and we will wait until Basil stops getting too excited by them before we do. And they should start laying an a couple of weeks so we will hopefully have lovely eggs for breakfast!! They are comfortable with being handled, and their feathers are lovely and soft. We are hoping they will start to come to us when called too. They will get bigger combs when they are a little older and start laying their eggs.

Settled in their new home
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http://i126.photobucket.com/albums/p111/Debwitton/Rico%20and%20hens/IMGP1022.jpg

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daveann
14-12-2009, 08:35 AM
aw they look very healthy and happy :)

josh.p.
14-12-2009, 12:36 PM
They are gorgeous. I'd love some chickens bu unfortunatley I've taken up half the garden with our torts so it's a no-go area! LOL I like their names too! Just think of all the lovely eggs! Will they be pet animals?

btw.. I'm so jealous of all you're land! You don't wnat a few torts do you?! LOL

foreverducky
14-12-2009, 01:09 PM
I also love your area!

I'm guessing since you have named them, you wont be eating them.

Tink
14-12-2009, 01:43 PM
What pretty birds!!! I love chickens. :yes: I used to keep some when I lived waaaay out in the country. It was nice to have fresh eggs!

I love the names for them. They all seem to suit them quite well. I think for the last one, the Christmassy one? I'd go with Ivy. :D :D :D Just because it rather goes with the herbal theme of the others, the plant theme, and is holiday oriented too! :D

Thanks for sharing them with us!

catrancher
14-12-2009, 02:23 PM
I'd go with Polly to match Basil and Sybil. :laughhard:

But, then, I'm sick that way. :mental:

Tom (:macwave:... forgive him, he's from Barcelona. Virtually untrainable!)

Beccaberry
14-12-2009, 02:43 PM
Lovely colors!!!

Congratulations on your new feathered friends!

Johnie
14-12-2009, 03:10 PM
My grandpa used to raise chickens when I was little. They were lots of fun to play with.

They are lovely!

Deb
15-12-2009, 06:34 AM
They are gorgeous. I'd love some chickens bu unfortunatley I've taken up half the garden with our torts so it's a no-go area! LOL I like their names too! Just think of all the lovely eggs! Will they be pet animals?

btw.. I'm so jealous of all you're land! You don't wnat a few torts do you?! LOL

Yes Josh, they'll be pets, and for eggs. We're waiting excitedly for our first one! Plenty of room for torts too :D



I also love your area!

I'm guessing since you have named them, you wont be eating them.

Eat them?????? :slap: :D


What pretty birds!!! I love chickens. :yes: I used to keep some when I lived waaaay out in the country. It was nice to have fresh eggs!

I love the names for them. They all seem to suit them quite well. I think for the last one, the Christmassy one? I'd go with Ivy. :D :D :D Just because it rather goes with the herbal theme of the others, the plant theme, and is holiday oriented too! :D

Thanks for sharing them with us!

That's it Tink! Ivy it is, it ticks all the boxes! (Though Tom's suggestion was funny!). When I let them out when it gets light I shall let her know she has a name!

It rained very heavily all day yesterday, not a good first day for them, but they pottered about nicely. They took themselves to bed last night as it got dark, so they have learned where home is very fast.

uscwest
15-12-2009, 12:32 PM
Well I guess Josh asked my question. I was wondering if they were for eggs or for a future dinner. Never really gave much thought to pet chickens but then I grew up in the suburbs and not where we had any land to speak of.

josh.p.
15-12-2009, 12:41 PM
I didn't think you'd be eating them if you'd named them :D

Tink
15-12-2009, 01:23 PM
I honestly can't imagine raising chickens or any other animal for food. I know it's done, and that is perfectly fine, but I simply could not do it.

I like to picture them in your lovely area, clucking and scratching at the ground, Deb. :yes: They'll do well to keep down your lawn bugs! :D They LOVE grasshoppers! :D

I had Banty hens, Rhode Island Reds, and Aracondis (probably spelled that wrong). I had a rooster and a hen that were of the Aracondis breed. The hens eggs ranged from a pale blue to a green colored shell. Too pretty and I won LOADS of bets with them! :D :D

Unfortunately, they are originally from the "jungle" (South America, I believe) and were quite aggressive. The rooster ended up going to a larger farm because he moved from aggressive to vicious! :eek: So, all that to say... chickens are great fun! :D :D

Kate
15-12-2009, 01:41 PM
Aw they are lovely! I really like their house too - they are very lucky little chucks!
We used to have chickens when i was little, couldnt figure out why they suddenly stopped laying - didnt have an egg for ages, then one day my dad was tidying up around the paddock and lifted up some buckets and found loads of eggs!

Ursula
15-12-2009, 11:38 PM
I'd go for Stuffing..... it might not come though when you call it.

Skywatcher
16-12-2009, 10:39 AM
lovely :D

and I still want to come and live in your house :D

josh.p.
16-12-2009, 12:33 PM
I'd go for Stuffing..... it might not come though when you call it.
I hear stuffed Kitten is a lot more tender than chicken :yes:

catrancher
16-12-2009, 12:42 PM
I hear stuffed Kitten is a lot more tender than chicken :yes:

You been eating at the Peking Moon again Josh? :unsure:

Peking Moon (http://www.teklock.com/mike/chowmein.swf)

Tom (:macwave:... it's sick... I know!)