We have some big news to share :)
Today my parents came up and we collected three new girls with them to add to the coop!
We collected two beautiful big Brahma girls from a chicken rescue centre (the back of someone's house!! They had a fantastic set-up; lots of land for the chucks and the ducks, several roosters and hens of all sizes) and then we went to collect a PILKIE - a Silkie cross Pekin!!
The Pilkie is from a chicken fancier who has some truly amazing set-ups, and we were able to see the week old Silkie chicks she had too - this was perhaps my best day ever, or at least in a long while :)
Currently my dad has the three new girls in the wagon with the other four. Tomorrow we think the plan is to remove Renee (as she is most definitely the one that will attack the new members) and leave the new girls in there. Ariel is the only other hen that should possibly pose a threat, but unlike Renee she is easy to catch so if need be she will be removed too.
Renee will spend a day or two in an XXL dog crate / whelping pen, where she can see all the girls but not interact with them - hopefully when she does go back in she will be so relieved to be back in the flock, and used to seeing the newbies, she won't be as vicious!
So that was our day, how exciting :) Currently we are still choosing names. The Pilkie possibilities are Mrs Pilkington / Pixie The Brahmas don't even have any real ideas yet, although we see potential in Velma, Daphne, Sasha, Jazz Quick pic of the girls together...