Little chooks join the adults

Our two remaining little chooks as we call them are now 16 weeks old.  We decided it was time they joined the adult flock and were integrated into the proper run behind an electric fence.  They have grown so quickly, from newly hatched chicks into amost fully grown.  One is larger than the other, with a proper comb and lovely colouring, brown amongst the black.  The other is smaller with no comb at all!.  We are hoping they are both pullets ie female hens that will lay eggs as opposed to cockerels, but for the uninitiated it is still difficult to tell.  We will have to wait a few more weeks to see if they start crowing!!.

Our two 16 week old chicks

So last night at dusk when they had gone up into the hen house we picked them up one at a time and ringed them (so we could tell them apart from the other black rock hens) and cut their feathers on one side to stop them flying out, and then popped them in the other hen house with the adult hens.

This morning when I let them all out, these 2 were slightly reticent about coming out of the hen house, and as soon as they went near the food the others chased them away, and they hopped back into the hen house for cover.

We’ve just been down to prior to lunch to scatter some bread around for them and the larger one seems to have got the idea, but the smaller one is just running around clucking like mad.

It will take a couple of days for them to settle down and for the new pecking order to be established.  It will probably be another 8 weeks before they start laying eggs if they are pullets, so we will have to wait and see.

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3 Comments »

  1. I hope the new order is established quickly. I hate to imagine the poor things hungry and scared. Nature can be a cruel mistress sometimes.

    • We went down 3 times during the day today to check on them, and when we fed all the chickens we put it in various places around the pen so that the new chooks had somewhere away from the other hens to eat. When we went to shut them in for the night they were up in the hen house with all the others, so far so good.

  2. Chrisitne Cram said

    Hi Kathy
    I will lay odds on the fact that the one with the comb is the cockeral and the other is a oullet.
    Cheers
    Christine

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