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January 2009

Then, a couple of nights later, we heard the chickens squawking, and we grabbed the gun, climbed the tree & shot a snake - too late - with a big lump of a chicken in it's belly. Bad luck, as it was one of two hens ! Now, they number eight, and have had a great time in the garden, not phased by our kelpie dogs, and have grown so much, they can no longer all sit under her wing.

She has turned out to be a great mother - which in itself is quite a feat - as this time last year, her mother was devoured by a huge carpet snake - it was a magnificent snake - and it was well satisfied with the feast and asleep in the run when I found the orphan baby squawking madly. So that time, I carefully covered the mower catcher where it was, roped it up, and then we drove about fifty kilometers to relocate the snake in the forest. It was extremely lazy when we took the cover off the catcher, and probably would not need to feed for a few weeks.

That's about the end of my chicken story, except to say, I think there are 7 roosters and just one hen. I will have to sell them, as our resident rooster Frizzle remains king, and would not like all that competition.
Cheers - Chookiejan - Queensland.

Christy Weick : Here's my question, when coming out of the egg, do all chicks hatch yellow, gold or along that color tone? And if they do, when do they change color tones? We have Tex and Mex in the mini dome incubator and the dad is Roo the RIR and our flock includes RIRs (3 hen now) and BPRs (9 now). How can we tell the difference between a pure RIR baby chick and a cross between Roo and a BPR chicken? When we received our RIR they were light brown in color at 2 days of age. When we purchased the BPRs they were several weeks old and black with a little white on the head and chest.


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published January 2009 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com