New Chooks

As mentioned in an earlier post, I was planning to purchase three more chickens at the Farmer’s Market in town yesterday.  These are my three new girls, one of whom has the most beautiful white markings on her feathers.  They spent the day in a galvanized vegetable bed (which luckily, I had not filled with soil)  until nightfall when I put them into the chook house.  I had been advised that this might make their integration into the flock a bit easier and reduce the aggressiveness of the older girls towards the young ones.  I’m not sure if it made much difference, as I witnessed some bullying today, but they will all settle down in a week or so.  The good news is – these little 19 week old hens are laying already, even if their eggs are quite small as can be seen below.  The little ones weigh less than 40 grams, while the big ones are over 70 grams.  Their egg size will increase as they mature.


5 responses

  1. Congrats to your new chickens, they look really lovely. Beautiful colors!

    October 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm

  2. Very pretty hens. Looking forward to hearing more stories on how they integrate.

    October 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  3. Nice! They’re really good looking. Good luck with them! I recently added three chickens to my flock of (now 6) 3 hens, and I also read that you should integrate them at night. I think it helped a tiny bit for me, but not much. Have fun with your new chickens!

    October 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

    • Sue McB

      Thanks Christina, I hope they will be fine but I’m sure one will end up at the bottom of the pecking order!

      October 22, 2012 at 7:14 am

  4. eremophila

    How are they getting on now? I used to have New Hampshires. Love chooks, grew up with them, and hope to get back to being clucky very soon.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:17 am

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