Friday, 11 June 2010
Fresh air and sunshine
Photo: Finally fresh air and sunshine
One week old today, the Exchequer Leghorn chicks are finally out on the grass. If they are with a broody hen the chicks would normally go outside within the first couple of days, but heavy thundery showers had been forecast for the week. Also by keeping them in the poultry shed I was able to handle them more, they are known to be quite a flighty breed and I want them to be comfortable in my presence.
The mother hen is a feisty Mama and didn't take being separated from her young, albeit for a matter of seconds, quietly. I'm sure the neighbours must of thought I was doing her more harm than just moving her a few feet to her new home.
Once reunited with her chicks she quickly set about introducing them to the delights of grass, reassured them of the sounds of the outside world and warned the growers not to come too close to her brood. She also carefully positioned herself between them and me, just in case I had thoughts of removing them again.
Photo: Keeping her chicks at a distance
The poultry shed has been cleaned and disinfected ready, just in case any turkey chicks hatch next week.