September 12, 2009 at 10:39 pm #427988
🙁 Sorry to hear about your girl GL
I enjoy chook stories too…Our 3 yearold GS loves his chooks too. He puts food into the hen house, then quickly closes the door to trap them inside. His favourite is red chook (to keep the naming easy, there is red chook, black chook and white chook!:lol:) and the other day he was in there patting her saying “I love you, red chook”, lost in his own beautiful :Dlittle world of interacting with another species. It’s a wonderful way to be, and I’m so glad he has that connection. Just love it!!September 17, 2009 at 5:55 am #427989
Why did the chicken(s) cross the road?
Apparently to catch the bus into Oatlands …:confused:
Was retreating to the caravan and realised I had not seen them for a while. Nowhere in sight in the back yard, or under the caravan, or in their pen, so I went out the front to see if they were scratching around there. Nope. Then I looked across the road and all three were huddled out of the rain at the bus stop:confused:
I presume they had not checked the timetable as the bus only runs from that stop in the mornings of school days …September 17, 2009 at 8:00 am #427990
I have a clukcy but the box was a bit draft yso got DH to design and build me a u beaut, state of the art roosting box – 6 in all – gently moved clucky and eggs to new box and threw old box out of house. Well. She simply went nuts trying to get to her old box and me putting her back on her eggs – after a while with eggs cooling I gave up – bought in old tacky box – put her eggs back in it next to new freshly painted state of art nesting boxes and there she sits glaring at me every time i go into house. Now one of the others has gone clucky and also rejected the new box and is sharing the nest with other chook. I haven’t had the heart to tell hubby!:shrug:September 17, 2009 at 8:28 am #427991
Maybe they are waiting for you to paint it in their favourite colours?:lol:September 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm #427992
😆 The trick is to put the nice new boxes in the most inconvenient spot possible. Then they’ll like it. 😉September 18, 2009 at 1:22 am #427993
I know all about traffic jams at the nesting box. 2 of my girls absolutely positively MUST use the same box. If one chook is in that box, the other stands outside & entire suburb gets to hear about it!
My girls have similar stand-offs, with lots of growling and complaining going on. I caught 3 of them one day, stacked one on top of the other as they all tried to use the same nest! The one on the bottom was swearing her head off, but no way was she going to let that lot take over her spot so she sat firm. Presumably the others just laid their eggs on top of her … 😆
HBG … you need to tell your little lot the cautionary tale of Griselda … 😮September 19, 2009 at 11:44 am #427994
Had a pic sent to me recently and had such a laugh that I put it on my desktop. I am not sure if it is ridgey didge but I figure you guys might like to see it.September 19, 2009 at 11:45 am #427995
Oh darn the pic didn’t attach. Whats going on? I chose the file on browse in the attachment but there was no where to upload the photo…..Ummmm:@ I am getting too old for all this these days, use to be so handy with the computer.September 19, 2009 at 12:05 pm #427996
Click on edit and you will see the browse feature where you will be able to find your pic and attach. Good luck
DebSeptember 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm #427997
Good Lifer wrote:
HBG … you need to tell your little lot the cautionary tale of Griselda … 😮
I am frankly confused about their decision. They have half an acre of worm-heaven but they chose to go across several metres of bare bitumen with nothing on the other side even vaguely attractive to a chook. I can sort of understand Griselda as the road is not wide at your place and has green growing things on the other side. Mine is a real wide country road with bitumen footpaths and paling fences on the other side … very weirdSeptember 20, 2009 at 3:00 am #427998
Ah there we go, thanks for that bluezbandit. I edited the last post so you guys can see what I mean. Love the pic.September 20, 2009 at 3:17 am #427999
I have two cluckies sitting on the same nest. I slipped some extra eggs under but now have eggs due at different times. I can’t move either cluckie. Any ideas of what might happen when the chicks hatch?September 20, 2009 at 4:30 am #428000
HBG that made me laugh out loud imagining Rattus falling in the hole!
I know we’re not all the biggest cat fans but growing up my cat used to wait and the bus stop with me in the morning and then be back at the bus stop when I was getting off the bus from school 😀
I have a clucky bantam at the moment and she is pretty funny. She forgets where the door of the chicken pen is (we have a run attached to the chicken tractor and they free range when we are home) and jumps on top of it, trys to get under it and behind it!
Another funny thing happened this morning. Romy jumped on the back of the chair I was sitting in and pecked the top of my head 😆
Mine all (5) share the same nest too. I have a photo of 3 of them all squished in together.September 20, 2009 at 4:51 am #428001
Love that picture Colliegirl. A chook will mother anything if she is so inclined. We used to get ours to hatch the ducklings and she would go crazy when they discovered the river!!.
Re the eggs hatching at different times, I think I would keep a close eye on the situation then, once the first lot of eggs hatches, take them, and one clucky hen into another spot, a leave the other one on the remaining eggs (checking for a couple of days to make sure you have not left any chicks alone. I am assuming, however, that you only added eggs once.
If you do it at night, and wear leather gloves to protect your hands from the hen pecking you, it should work OK. Less fuss the better and make sure your new nest has a door so you can keep her in there with access to food and water for a couple of days.September 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm #428002
We have some chicks from the childcare centre, guessing they are isa browns or the commercial isa mixed breed? 3 of them. Was expecting one to not wake up one morning but they are all still doing well! Can’t believe how much they all poop though!
Had a bit of a scare this evening, the power was off when I drove through Belgrave, main st was totally black, very bizarre. But OK at home! Although now DH has attached the light bulb to batteries so they won’t freeze if we lose power overnight.
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