The Chickens

The chickens. Also known as the feather children. They help to deal with the weeds, the girls give us eggs, when they’re not being tricksy, and they are fascinating to watch. They are all pretty friendly and curious and love treats, when they’re allowed them. My chicken journey has had many ups and downs but I am definitely in the crazy chicken lady zone. I especially like raising feather babies.

The flock of chickens is a fluctuating thing, as we hatch, grow, sell and dispatch various chickens. This page is an attempt keep their profiles reasonably up to date. So, who do we have at the moment?

 

Frodo

Australorp. 5 years old. The matriarch, sole survivor of our original 3 hens, most valued flock member. Main plotlines: Serial broodiness, excellent mumma to many chicks.

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Paris

Australorp-Wyandotte cross. 2 1/2 years old. The bossy, independent head hen. Main plotlines: Being the boss, loitering around for food, going off-her-rocker when raising chicks.

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Jemima

Australorp. 1 1/2 years old. One of our first incubator-raised chicks. Main plotlines: Big & hefty as a chick, no inclination to lay her eggs in a nestbox.

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Tiggywinkle

Australorp. 1 1/2 years old. One of our first incubator-raised chicks. Main plotlines: A good layer, always on the move, looking pretty.

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Duchess

Australorp. 11 months old. Daughter of Tiggywinkle & Darrington. Main plotlines: The best-looking hen at present, an all-around nice girl.

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Morpheus

Australorp. 8 months old. Daughter of Jemima & Andrew. Main plotlines: Started laying, a real pecker in the nestbox, raising her first chicks.

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Trinity

Australorp. 8 months old. Daughter of Tiggywinkle & Andrew. Main plotlines: Started laying, very friendly girl.

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Link

Australorp. 8 months old. Daughter of Tiggywinkle & Andrew. Main plotlines: Started laying, the scaredy-cat of the flock.

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Jenny Cheeply

Australorp. 6 months old. Daughter of Frodo & Andrew. Main plotlines: A lovely, calm girl.

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Helen Cluck

Australorp. 6 months old. Daughter of Frodo & Andrew. Main plotlines: A big girl of great stature, probably our biggest. Bossing Winston Cheepers around.

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Winston Cheepers

Australorp. 19 weeks old. Son of Tiggywinkle & Chippee Hackee. Main plotlines: The boss of the young boys but still getting bossed around by the hens.

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James Claw

Australorp. 19 weeks old. Son of Tiggywinkle & Chippee Hackee. Main plotlines: Being curious but still sings to his own tune.

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My Top 5 Quick Tips For Keeping Chickens

1. Knowledge

  • Join a good Facebook poultry group or two.
  • The Chicken Chick – browse, learn, use.

2. Handling

  • At least once a month.
  • Night time – easier to grab, calmer.

3. Observation

  • Appearance – healthy comb and feathers? Lethargic? Droopy?
  • Behaviour in relation to flock – hiding away? Aggression? Broodiness?
  • Poop analysis – learn what is ok and what requires investigation.

4. Treatment

If a chicken is sick you basically have three options:

  • Treat yourself and get someone to help if you can.
  • Take to a vet.
  • Cull.

5. Responsibility

  • Health – if a chicken seems sick or ‘off’, deal with it ASAP. ‘Wait and see’ does not work, waiting = a chicken in pain or dead.
  • Roosters – if you hatch chicks, have a plan for dealing with roosters. Dumping a highly domesticated animal is not an option.
  • Sharing – pass on your chicken addiction to others.

 

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