A Pro-con List: Rory or Paris?

I decided to only keep one of the Australorp-Wyandotte crossbred hens, Rory or Paris, to make space for the purebreds. They are full sisters, daughters of the late Mr Bingley and the late silver laced Lorelai. They are the last of Mr Bingley's offspring. They have both proved useful in going broody and raising chicks.…

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Crazy Chickens

Here's what the hens have been up to. Paris has got chicks again. She went broody at just the right time to end up with some of the eggs from the incubator for the short lockdown stint. She has five little fluffballs, who all seem to be doing well. Four are her own and one…

An Unexpected Chick Loss

We are sad to report the loss of one of Rory's chicks. When we went to the coop the other morning I noticed that one of the chicks was off to the side and, while it was standing, it was not looking the greatest. "Oh no!" I thought, but I didn't say anything. As I…

A Rory New Year

Rory's hatching adventure was a bit of a rollercoaster. She started with 10 eggs, from herself, Annie and Betty. An Annie egg cracked early on thanks to a thin shell. Rory wasn't very good at eating or looking after herself during her sit. On lockdown day I discovered a broken egg, one of Rory's, that…