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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-16-2011, 09:52 AM Thread Starter
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CHICKENS AGAIN

After all summer trying to rid ourselves of the coons which killed all my chickens but the one hen, we finally got three hens and a rooster to go with the little black hen. We put them in the hen house and locked them in for the day so they would know where they were supposed to sleep. Well the little black hen was standing around on the outside of the hen house and acting like she wanated in with them. At lunch time, we put her in with them. Well she was lonely and wanting to be with her new friends. She wanted to get the "pecking order" straighted out immediately. Little Black Hen first jumped on the nearest hen to her. The new hen fought back but soon gave up. Then the little black hen tackled another. She whipped all three of the new hens and dared the rooster to do anything about it. He would act as if he was going to protect the new hens, but wasn't brave enough. It was the strangest think DH and I had ever witnessed. We anticipated an argument over the roost at night time. The dominate hen and rooster get the top rung and everyone else sits below. Well she got it straight before going to roost. We of course watched them as roosting time came. The rooster and new hens didn't even try for the top rung. This morning I let them all out into the yard and they are following Little Black Hen around as she shows them where all the good pickings are.
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So now I know why the call them chickens, I am guessing the rooster is young. So how long do you think it will be before the little black hen will let the young stud roost with her??? Keep us posted on that. Very cute, hope the coons are gone.

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They're beautiful, Lucile! Are they Barred Rocks?


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Robbie yes he is young. Little Black Hen is 2 years old and these are just 8 months. The rooster hasn't got his crowing down yet. It is pretty pathetic. But with the pecking order established, Little Black Hen will have the top rung for her lifetime. She will let the rooster up there pretty soon I would imagine and eventually another hen will go up there on the opposite side of the rooster.

Karen, yes they are Barred Rocks. The rooster is a beauty. And I got 4 eggs yesterday on the first day. Haven't checked today but at that rate, I will be giving eggs away by next week. We are having quiche tonight.
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Karen, yes they are Barred Rocks. The rooster is a beauty. And I got 4 eggs yesterday on the first day. Haven't checked today but at that rate, I will be giving eggs away by next week. We are having quiche tonight.
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MY tween and teen daughters are putting chicken feathers like that in their hair and get this...on our vacation this last week, my Sister in law and niece were walking the pier shops and found a lady who was putting feathers in girls hair with the hair extension beads, so we stopped because Gabby (6 years old) was begging for 'feathers' like my girls have, well 2 feathers, guess what that cost? $30~~~!! $15 a feather!!?

From looking at those chickens, I'm seeing several hundred dollars in the 'chicken feather in the hair' business......


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Send me your address and I will mail you some feathers. I can't believe that. They are constantly shedding them.
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Lucile, this may be a business opportunity for you. It wasn't long ago that I read where feathers were very hard to come by because everyone was putting them in their hair and fishermen weren't able to find any to make lures with - people had bought them all up for their hair!

Ha, if we see photos of Lucile's naked chickens, we will know she went into business!!

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You can boil the eggs and give the yolks to Rosie, though 4 would last you about two weeks.

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Oh Lucile, life is going to be good to you now. Just capture the coons...and take good care of those hens and that rooster...feathers will be going everywhere, I predict you will indeed have bald chickens as Robbie said...and oh, how far is it from Dahlonega to your house? Dale and I might just ride up to get some feathers and eggs!!! LOL...

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