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Robin's Chickens

Post by Aslan_HQ on Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:19 pm



Robin (part of our admin and accountancy team) has decided to start keeping chickens!
Meaning her desk is now scattered with magazines like this to get knowledgeable on the subject, fast!



The eggs arrived and went into the incubator today!!
Naturally, here in the office we've appointed ourselves as Godparents to the 'chicks to be'!

Has anyone kept chickens before and got some advice for our Robin?

Follow this thread to keep up to date with how they're getting on.
Here's hoping they hatch!!
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Post by RobinB on Thu Apr 16, 2015 2:52 pm

Here are some photos of the beautiful babies in their Creche:


and some gratuitous photos of Sparky and Dax for your viewing pleasure.

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Post by RobinB on Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:45 pm

In the incubator are eggs from:
1: Speckled Sussex (large pale egg)
2: Blue Laced Wyandottes (pale pointy egg)
3: Easter Egger (blue/green egg) and
4: Cream Legbar (large blue egg)

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Post by RobinB on Fri Apr 17, 2015 3:17 pm

And now Minnie (Nanday Conude lady) is generously sitting on two of the Blue Laced Wynadotte eggs! How wonderful! No photos available unfortunately.

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Post by RobinB on Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:58 am

OK - Eggs candled at 9 days and 3 eggs are live! Maybe 5.
John broke 4 of the eggs by dropping them on 4 separate occasions, which is sad.

Oh well! Onward and upward!


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Post by RobinB on Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:55 pm

OH NOOOOOO!!!
On average, pullets, or juvenile hens, start laying eggs at about 6 months of age, depending on the breed. Larger, heavier birds like Wyandottes, Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons will lay on the later side whereas lighter, smaller breeds like Leghorns, Stars, and Australorps will start laying sooner. However, if your birds come into maturity at the coldest, darkest part of the year, they will sometimes not begin laying until spring: six months is just the average! We guarantee you that every day past five months that they haven't begun to lay will seem like an eternity

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Cream Legbar Chicklets

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Easter Egger Chicklet

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Re Robin's chickens

Post by RuthWebbVet on Mon Apr 27, 2015 7:12 pm

If the eggs haven't worked out, be aware that there are often battery chickens looking for homes rather than being killed at the end of their "profitable production life".

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Post by RobinB on Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:35 am

Hi Ruth! I am aware of this and would have opted for this solution, however I am only allowed to have one chicken with blue eggs in order to differentiate my eggs from those of the other 3 chicken's she'll be living with. :-) That was the deal. ANYWAY! I may soon (hopefully) be able to offer chicklets!

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Re: Robin's Chickens

Post by LittleBlueCar on Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:44 am

That's so cute!
Can you tell if they've survived yet?
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Post by RobinB on Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:02 am

Yes! We 'candled' them again last night and there are 3 live eggs and perhaps 3 others. One is a bit loose, so we think is not living :-(.

I can only keep one and it must be a chicken. SO! There may be some chicklets available!


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Re: Robin's Chickens

Post by LittleBlueCar on Wed Apr 29, 2015 9:03 am

yay! great news!
i wish i could have chickens... but we have a cat, so i'm pretty sure that would end badly!
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