Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by PixieDust » 07 May 2014, 11:05

Your chooks are gorgeous. I have a list of 6 hybrids I am looking to get. Which seem the most friendly?

I am very taken with the Bluebell but have read they are not so friendly or easy to tame.

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by Mayhen » 07 May 2014, 12:06

My Gingernut Ranger is the tamest but I chose her because she was so alert and curious about everything :)
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by MamaOwl » 07 May 2014, 16:16

drfish wrote: Much like when they've been violated by a real cockerel :lol:
LMFAO!!!
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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by Wozza1985 » 07 May 2014, 16:29

Thanks, they are all really tame and come running over when I go out, they are that tame my wife us a childminder so that's a morning routine with the children, let them
Out, fresh water, feed out and collect eggs, the children love it!

I got mine from http://www.greentreefarmshetlands.co.uk ... /#nav-wrap

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by PixieDust » 07 May 2014, 17:55

What is your bluebell like?
One wonderful bloke, one Cocker Spaniel. Girls arrived 15/11/14 Columbine - Winter, (Winnie), Bluebell - Pixie, Light Sussex, - Lillith, (Lily).
Black Copper Maran - Autumn, (Pob) RIP 15/12/14

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by Wozza1985 » 07 May 2014, 18:51

Really quiet, lovely colour when when the sun shines on her she really is a lovely colour! but yeah she seems the quiet one compared to the other birds but comes running over with the rest of the birds when I come out with the corn!
All of my hybrids I can hold and stroke but too be honest the blue lets you pick her up more than the others! Holding her and stoking the back of her neck while she is making a soft whining noise lol

My fave though!!

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by PixieDust » 08 May 2014, 10:56

I do think they are so pretty. I will investigate them when the time comes to buy them. I guess they all have their own personalities and it's just a case of going to watch and see which birds seem friendly. Thanks for that :)
One wonderful bloke, one Cocker Spaniel. Girls arrived 15/11/14 Columbine - Winter, (Winnie), Bluebell - Pixie, Light Sussex, - Lillith, (Lily).
Black Copper Maran - Autumn, (Pob) RIP 15/12/14

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by Wozza1985 » 11 Sep 2016, 10:39

I have completely change rebuilt and my friend owns a timber unit where he builds coops, gates and sheds and he built my coop and I painted it and creosoted the inside
Somebody in here who can't remember who said no doubt you will add to your flock and they was not wrong now I have 7 hens! And a complete new setup..


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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by laffinfowl » 12 Sep 2016, 11:55

Lovely coop,do they get out to free range at all ?
If not feeding some greens will increase the quality of the eggs,especially the yolks,dandilions,docks,clover grass cut up with a scissors and hanging the odd head of cabbage for them to peck will relieve the bordom of being on bare ground.

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by Wozza1985 » 12 Sep 2016, 15:47

Yeah part of our shopping list is cabbages for the hens! What ither greens can they have? I feed them cabbage and lettuce every week

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by kated » 12 Sep 2016, 17:06

Experiment with weeds! Mine developed a passion for sow thistle (http://www.eattheweeds.com/sonchus-sow- ... igs-eye-2/) and dandelions. Try also groundsel, clover, chickweed (of course!) and just ordinary grass (chop grass small so you don't get sour crop).

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Re: Squatting (and my new hybrids and there new home)

Post by laffinfowl » 12 Sep 2016, 19:55

Bunches of nettles tied and hung up go down well and contain plenty of iron,kateds list
Is good.
I,m not a fan of feeding lettuce, it can give them the squits and thy can dehydrate epecially in hot weather.

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