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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 12:53pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Well after 2 weeks of construction the coop and run were ready! We collected our girls last saturday we have a rhode back red (i think) Lottie and the other is Lola (but not sure on breed any ideas welcome!.

    They have been settling in well although we are having to put them away at night, they seem to be just about getting the idea and are now starting to walk up the ramp with a small bit of pursuation.

    They are 16 weeks, i have been told that they should start laying around 17-19weeks ( is this right?)
    So glad we made the choice to get chickens as the kids love them.

    And look forward to chatting on here with you guys!
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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 12:54pm (Jul 12th 2009)
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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 12:54pm (Jul 12th 2009)
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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 12:55pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    lola a bit camera shy!
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    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 2:26pm (Jul 12th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    You built that coop yourself?! Wow! It looks amazing!

    Love Lottie and Lola too they are very cute :001_smile: Yep, they should start laying around 18 - 20 weeks old, but some breeds will take longer to start because they are lazy :P

    Lola looks like a Maran hen to me, but don't take that as a final answer because I don't have that breed myself! I like the sound of Marans because they are nice friendly lazy chucks - I think i'd be a Maran :cool:

    I've never heard of a Rhode Back Red...Lottie sorta looks like a Black Sex Link (the breed Tilly and Penny are) only slimmer with a more defined tail...she does have a really pretty tail! :heartsabove:

    Congrats on the chucks, glad you are all enjoying them! :)
    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 2:52pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    yep husband james did i think i've got more pics of it, with materials and stuff think it only ended up costing £60-70 which i don't think we'd of got one for cheaper than that!!!
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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 2:54pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    excuse my daughters head in the above!
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    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 2:57pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Also any other suggestion of 'treats' for the girls would be welcome have discovered they aren't keen on BREAD???!!!! apple, or baby corn on the cob or celery...... But they go crazy for beanshots. They don't seem to eat much yet is this because they aren't producing eggs yet?. feeding layer pellets and corn. i suppose its trial and error at the moment.
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 3:27pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Lovely girls, and glad to see your daughter is so interested in them! Your hubby is very clever to have built that coop and no, you couldn't have bought one for any where near that price - I was looking at them at the local garden centre and they were very expensive and only half that size! Congratulations on your new additions!
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 3:36pm (Jul 12th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    That really is impressive that you made it for so little and it looks so good!

    Treats...ummm...our girls like regular corn on the cob, i've never heard of a chicken that doesn't like grapes so be sure to try them ;), tomatoes are also a favourite, cooked spaghetti, lettuce (you can give them a whole head watch them attack!) , dandelion leaves, raisins...

    Most greens and vegetables go down well (including cooked veggies like broccoli, cauliflower etc) and are good for your girls too!

    They do, of course, like cake, squirty cream and other 'naughty' foods...don't feed them too many dairy products or sugary fatty foods though, but as an occasional treat they're fine ;)

    You're feeding them the right things so far. We just give our girls a bowl of food, and they'll eat when they're hungry as much as they long as they're eating SOME food, I wouldn't worry :001_smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 4:20pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Lovely hens, excellent job with the coop, we dont mind seeing pics of children,' hooman' pics are fine too. Look forward to more news of the first egg.
    I dont have hens yet, keep hoping though as we used the prospective space for husbands home office/workshop for business.
    Thanks for sharing.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 7:39pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Beautiful hens and a lovely new home for them as well. They will be used to just eating pellets if you have only just got them. They soon get used to having treats which can be anything from kitchen scraps to a bit of mixed corn.
    To much bread isnt that good for them as it doesnt have much nutritional benifit. I do give mine bread I just make them sandwiches for treats. They particulary like marmite ones and believe it or not jam sandwiches as well. We did do a thread about what hennies like to eat that you might find interesting.
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 8:18pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Aren't they gorgeous girls!
    Mine don't like bread. Or cooked spag. Or roasted veg (last night's leftovers).
    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2009 9:21pm (Jul 12th 2009)
    Thanks for the welcome! and tips will indeed keep you posted and up to date on the first egg, which has my name written all over it! poached i expect!
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 11:42am (Jul 14th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Lovely hens and fantastic coop - you must be very proud!

    I love the idea of making chicken-keeping accessible for everyone, and the coop is one of the large stumbling blocks (if we'd have had to fork out £350+ for a coop we probably wouldn't have been able to do it, so good job Scarlet bought it!)

    Did you make any plans or blueprints for the coop? Or have a rough guide on how to make it? It would be a brilliant thing to add to the site (or yours if you have one)...
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 2:41pm (Jul 14th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Ha! You love the idea dad, but you'd never be able to make one :na:

    I might not have to buy the next one, Mark said he's help make one :bigsmile: I still can't believe how little you spent and yet you built what looks like a really nice coop, it's brilliant!
    • CommentAuthorthe ashcrofts
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2009 3:55pm (Jul 17th 2009)
    thanks no I drew an idea then we looked on the net and james, my husband just sort of put it together and came up with the coop!!!

    We are still having to hand put them in there coop as they won't do it them selves, very rarely they will walk up the ramp.... Hoping it won't be long until they put themselves away!

    Still no eggs day 11 and they are coming up to 17 weeks.

    I will ask my hubby to draw a blueprint to scan on here.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2009 11:29pm (Jul 18th 2009)

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you :bigsmile:

    It's okay 17 weeks is still quite young - they will lay eventually, honest! And trust me, those eggs taste even better after the wait ;)
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2009 1:49am (Jul 19th 2009)
    How do YOU know, Red? You're a Vegan from the Planet Veeg! :D
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2009 10:18pm (Jul 19th 2009) edited

    Keeper of the hens

    I've eaten all my girls' first eggs, they've all tasted better than any 'normal' egg :hungry:

    Didn't go vegan until i was sixteen, so got to eat them all mwahahaha!
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2009 9:00pm (Jul 31st 2009)
    Great names for your birds. Love the shed too.

    The one with the ginger feathers around her neck looks very like our Fenning Blacks - a hybrid breed. They have proven to be very confident, bossy and vocal but love cuddles so good for the kids.