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First night; one on the high perch, 3 in the coop.
Second night: two on the high perch, two in the coop.
Last night; three on the perch, one in solitary splendour in the coop.
I wonder what will happen tonight?
At least the coop stays clean!

Yesterday during the day they were huddled in the coop. I’ve put the coop up on blocks so there is more room underneath, and today they’re all packed in to the small space, cuddled up together. They have so much space in this big run, but seem still to be gripped by agrophobia.They all have copious dustbaths in the Aubiose bedding, but haven’t yet discovered the lovely deep tub of dry earth, even though it has a convenient perch for them to hop up to the edge.
It’s so much easier starting with a totally new batch of youngsters, though, with no problems of integration.
Chicken behaviour is endlessly interesting, isn’t it?
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Endlessly fascinating, and just when you think you have seen it all. Someone does something totally new, whilst being egged on by her friends no doubt. :lol:
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Night no. 4;
Ash and Willow snuggled up at one end of the long high perch.
Piper 3 metres away, at the far end on her own.
Amber in the coop.

All four still puzzled at the strange new foods which have been arriving on the treats plate. Enticing little chopped-up bits of strawberries, apple, grapes, runner beans and tenderstem broccoli have been nibbled cautiously and then spat out again. A variety of greenstuffs have been ignored. Sunflower seeds have found favour. Mixed corn cautiously approved, especially the maize bits. However, the level of pellets in the feeder has gone down normally today, and crops are feeling satisfactorily full by evening.
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Great stuff! A favourite here is blueberries but if grapes are not yet a hit then who knows?! I thought my lot didn't know their names but today was trying out my new binoculars by looking into the run from the back door. Mo looked asleep so I quietly said "you asleep Mo?" and she sprung awake, looked around and ran out through the door! Some pictures of the crew?
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So the one in the bottom photo is the Skyline?
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Not a clue, really, the one that looks like a CLB doesn’t appear to have any marans in her makeup, and could be a skyline. The tall brown/grey bird is evidently a leghorn, and the barred bird appears to be a marans cross. The mainly- brown one is a bit of a puzzle I agree, will have to wait until she lays. A light slim bird, some leghorn in there or maybe skyline. Let’s just hope they have plenty of hybrid vigour!
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As an aside, Marigold, I’m a great believer in hybrid vigour. Lots of pure breeds in dogs, cats, chickens et al are damaged by generations of inbreeding.
My sheep which receive no better food or medication than any decent shepherd should provide achieved a 300% lambing percentage this year (that means an average of three lambs per ewe) as a result of being four way crosses of breeds from different countries and therefore having a zero coefficient of inbreeding.
Also in this whole thing folk sometimes forget that the sire also needs to be crossbred in order to be vigorous and fertile.
I can give my hens a fancy name but essentially they are derived from about four or five different breeds.
Inbreeding in humans is illegal. There’s a good reason for that.
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I agree, HenGen. I also think that, whilst I marvelled at the pictures of beautifully manicured chickens recently posted in another thread, I would just as soon enjoy the sight of any healthy, lively chickens living a happy normal life scratching around out of doors. There is so much beauty and interest in the shaded plumage of my mongrel girls. I’m looking forward to seeing what sort of combs they grow - and of course the colour of their eggs!
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6th night; coop empty; two pairs of pullets, roosting at opposite ends of the long high perch. A bit draughty up there in the gales, but their choice!

The girls have solved the dog problem. When Poppy starts sniffing around whining and trying to see over the top of the screening, they all dive under the coop and go completely silent. Poppy soon gets bored and wanders off. Whereupon they reappear and carry on with whatever they were doing. Chickens are pretty intelligent, aren’t they?
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Oooh only just seen this thread! Congrats on the new arrivals Marigold 😊 they look beautiful 😊
So what type is the one on the last photo? She looks very much like my Dodo (whose died of unknown but seemingly natural causes a few months ago) which the poultry farm called a Needwood Emerald. Not sure what the crossed breeds were though. She was laying green eggs, though for us she only laid a handful of eggs in the year and a bit she was with us. She was gentle and looked after the other pullet that entered the flock at the same time as her eventhough that meant she got bullied by the more bossy girls. She really was lovely. I'd never seen any other similar looking pullets before so I find it interesting to see that they seem to exist in other poultry farms too 👍🏻 not the best photo... But just to show you Dodo...
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