My Weekend with the chickens
Well as you guys know I was planning on making that bird feeder this weekend using the free pallets my local Tiger Direct outlet store was letting me have BUT the guy never showed up so I altered my plans. I decided to increase my flock. This guy about 1.5 hours away had Ameracaunas (probably just Easter Eggers) for sale so I packed up my grand daughter and went out there. I brought 2. They are 4 week old pullets at $7.75. Whats with the 75 cents? He offered me a dollar discount if I brought 4 but I only wanted 2 at that price. I thought it was a bit pricey but since I could not find them anywhere else I paid it and traveled for it.
Okay so I brought them home and it was kind of late. I let my hens that I have out and put the new ones in the coop. The older ones kept coming to the coop checking them out and besides curiosity showed no reaction what-so-ever. I thought 'well good thing I have calm breeds'. I did read Velvets meet and greet technique but I also read others saying just put them in the coop at night and they will be fine.
Okay so the bigger ones get in the coop look at the pullets and commence to climb into their roost. Still no reaction. So I left them in there. In the morning I go out there still no problems. Well around noon I go outside and the lighter pullet (my favorite) is on the ground dead and half eaten. WTH? The other one looks dead and stuck in the corner with her head buried under the wood. I was so mad at myself and at Lucy and Ethel for being mean cannibals. How could they be so cruel as to attack babies. They tricked me into thinking it was okay adding them then when they had the opportunity they attacked them.
I fussed at Lucy and Ethel so bad. I would fuss then walk away come back fuss more. Then I came in the house and fussed at SO. He was from the south he should have told me not to put the pullets in there (never mind that I knew better, I had to fuss at someone besides the chickens). He was like "what did I do". Heck he should have warned me he is a southerner and don't all southerners know about chickens? (thats what us northerners think) LOL He felt bad for me and told me to go buy the other hens and he would pay for them... (smile).
I went back out there to clean up. Uggh so disgusting cleaning up a torn baby. Then I notice the other one is still breathing. YES! I pick her up and put her in a battery cage fussed at Lucy and Ethel some more. I put the battery cage in the coop and immediately Lucy went up to the cage and did what Velvet said, puffing up, pecking hard at the ground and showing all signs of aggression. I forgot to put the bin feeder in the battery cage so the pullet got out and ran and Ethel chased her for a minute. I caught her, put her back in the cage, put the feeder back on it so the hole was closed and then decided it would be too stressful for her to be around Lucy and Ethel so I put her in the basement.
Then I decided she would be too lonely by herself so I traveled 3.5 hours (round trip) to another farm and brought 3 bitties for $2 each (my kind of price). Two of them are silver Phoenix/Salmon Favorelle mix and one is a tophat/silkie mix. They are all supposed to be hens but now that I take a good look at them one of them looks like a rooster. SO says good, we need something to keep all those hens under control. hmmmph
I put the bitties in the cage with the pullet and now she thinks she is their mother. They are getting along just fine. So now I have 6 chickens. 4 in the basement and 2 in the coop.
Once I got home from that second long trip and got the chickens all straightened out in the basement I was so pooped but I had to take my grand daughter home (1 hour each way) and by the time I got back my weekend was over.
So now I know I have to make yet another roosting box in the chicken coop on the other side before I add the new additions. hhhhhhhhhhhh another project! It will go on the left side of the coop. I won't post a picture y'all know what it looks like.
Oh and now I have to think of some more names. The goats are Fred and Ricky, the chickens are Lucy and Ethel. I think I am naming the pullet Easter and not sure what I am naming the bitties.
How was your weekend?