Four more chickens…

We have four more chickens.  This is clearly becoming something of an addiction.

The first is a Rhode Island Red boy, (creatively named Red), bought from the same place as the three Light Sussexs.

Red

Red is about 12 weeks old and therefore not crowing yet but will be by about 6 months so we are hurriedly improving the coop to add an enclosed and hopefully sound proof box for him to sleep in before then.  Red will be the first of our breeding chickens – he and the Light Sussexs will produce sex linked chicks.  This means day old chicks can be identified as girls or boys by their colour, and we can sell off the girls as chicks and raise the boys to eat.  I have no idea what crossing him with the Wyandottes will look like, but it sure will be fun finding out!

We bought Red last Sunday and put him in with the other six girls, who are much bigger than him (for now…) where he was promptly made aware that he is the bottom of the pecking order while he is smaller.  He was doing okay in with them, but seemed a bit lonely and I’m not sure how much food he was getting since the others would chase him away.

He probably would have been okay by now, but on Wednesday we got three more Wyandottes – two tiny gold laced and one a bit bigger from Raf’s blue laced red project who were much too small to go into the pen with our now rather large 21 week old and 16 week old girls.

So we knocked together a new mini coop and run for them (on a scorching 37°C day no less) until they are big enough to go in with the rest of the flock.

New run

Mini coop

We moved Red in with them, figuring he would at least then have some friends for now, plus by the time we move them all in together he will be big enough to assume his rightful place at the top of the pecking order!  Once these four are in the big coop, the mini coop will be our broody pen.

So the new tiny gold laced Wyandottes are Sage and Thyme, named after herbs since their run now encompasses some of our herb garden.

 

Sage

Thyme

They look a bit scruffy at the moment as they are still little and growing in their feathers.  They are going to be just gorgeous though – much more gold than Paprika.

Bleu (also creatively named) is the Blue Laced Red.  Well, sort of – it’s not yet a recognised breeding colour in Australia, and the colour is still being developed.

Bleu

She is such a stunning bird, so much so that she might go back to Raf’s to be bred from if she turns out very well.  Her red colouring originally comes from a Rhode Island Red rooster (quite a few generations back) and her red is very close to Red’s red.  (Wow that is a lot of reds for one sentence).

Colours

She is apparently a sibling in the same generation as our original three Wyandottes, but she is quite a bit smaller than Paprika and Juniper, and still a little smaller than Pepper – closed to Red in size.

The four of them sorted out their pecking order in about four pecks and Red has taken charge and is showing the others all about being a chicken here at the suburbanite farm (having three more days experience, naturally).  Bleu also seems quite sweet tempered and is taking care of the two littlies.

All four in the mini coop.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Raewyn on February 6, 2011 at 8:04 am

    lovely chickens

    Reply

  2. […] our new girl, Lavinia, has moved down to the little pen (or pens I guess) with Craig, Thyme and Imogen (Juliet’s sister). […]

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  3. […] Craig’s Pen we have “Craig” (obviously), “Thyme” and newcomer “Gypsy”. “Gypsy” is about 7 months old (just come on […]

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  4. […] story – he’s a bit of a bastard.  We were given Clock and decided to breed from him (replacing Red the RIR) because he is quite simply massive and we are breeding for meat. Clock, in all his massive […]

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