Wow! It’s been 3 weeks since my last post about pretty much anything. I’ve been posting things on my Instagram, but it’s easy to post to Insta where I need time to sit and type up a post here. Especially if I want it formatted nice.
So anyway, yesterday this happened…
… and it happened again today!
Yesterday marked 6 weeks for Abby’s babies. She celebrated it by, as you can see, laying an egg. The chicks didn’t really celebrate it. They were too busy being lost, confused and at times scared. You see? Yesterday, there momma decided that they were big enough to fend for themselves and she went back to doing Hen Things.
They day before yesterday? She was still Momma. Yesterday, she was Abby the Hen. Not the Momma.
You see the source of their confusion?
They stick together, not unlike Dani and Eugenie did at that age.
Dani has been crowing, though not often. He has been increasingly chases by the older hens and sometimes (but not often) Pip.
In the past few weeks, there has been a clear division among the roosters. Dots has the most hens. He hols sway over the the whole barnyard. Pip has a small handful of 3-5 hens who follow him around. He helps protect and also looks after the younger ones. Like Eugenie, Dani and Abby’s babies. He is a good big brother, and turning into a decent boyfriend for the hens who have decided they like him.
Dots still chases Pip. It’s a rooster thing. They don’t fight, though. I’m glad.
Dani has been regulated to Pip’s old status as the flock loner. Even Eugenie has started hanging out with the pullets and trying to make friends with the other hens. She perches in the rafters at night. Dani sleeps on the window ledge or the very lowest roost. They still eat together, though, if no one chases Dani off.
Dani has made attempts to establish dominance over Abby’s chicks. He challenged one of the Sulmtaler Boys last week. Sadly, this was when Abby was still Momma and she went after him. Which totally ruined his chances of having dominance any time soon.
Now that Abby is Not the Momma, things may change. For now, her babies are sticking together, as there is safety in numbers. They are also sticking to the weeds and bushes on the side of the fence. Good coverage. She taught them well. 🙂
I am looking to Rehome any of the Boys. If you’re in the NY/PA/Maryland area and don’t mind meeting “somewhere in the middle” you can contact me here, via PM. Offer includes Dani (RiR/Gold Comet cross) the Sulmtaler Boys, and at least 1 Chocolate Orpington.
I still don’t know about the others yet. Crossing my fingers for hens. Especially Pavel. My heart will be broken if that little chick is a boy.
Okay… update on the status of the coop.
How do you tell if you’re mite/lice free? I treated the coop twice, as recommended and will probably do so one more time, just for good measure. Same with the chickens. Everyone got treated twice. I still don’t see anything on the birds, other than around Dots and Pip’s vents. I would need someone to hold them to get pictures, otherwise I can’t explain what I’m seeing.
I’ve been asked if I use DE in my coop. No, I do not. But my chickens free range in their pasture all year round. I don’t lock them up, even in the winter. There are 3 decent dirt bathing spots inside the barnyard, with ample dirt. One of them is a circle where we burn wood, branches and barnyard debris. It is loaded with wood ask, which is also good for chickens to bath in. So I’m not in the habit of buying DE when they have plenty at the ready.
I mentioned the last time that I’m just going to start adding preventative measures to my coop cleaning. Spraying the walls, roosts, floors and beds when I take out the old bedding. I’ve been doing that 3-4 times a year with deep little method, so spraying then should not be an issue.
I’m also wondering if I shouldn’t add a rotation of deworming prevention. I do give them things like cucumbers, pumpkin and squash, which I’ve read in several places that the seeds are good for natural deworming.
Anyway… check out the Insta or FB pages. There’s been videos and pics. Again, it;s easiet to post a quick pic when I’m busy than sit down to type up a post. Life gets that way sometimes. 🙂