This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he always thought the garden was his. Even though I do all the work, he always stood by me. I'm located near Boston (in USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot and a backyard vegetable garden. I use sustainable organic methods and try to grow all of my family's vegetables.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ordering pullets

I'm ordering a couple pullets tonight. Another Australorp and a Cuckoo Maran. From McMurray Hatchery. For arrival next week.

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Blogger Linda from CT said...

Kathy,

Please don't put those pullets in with the other two without a cage or dog crate. I have three pullets I grew from day olds and I have done alot of reading about how to introduce them into an existing flock. I have three hens who are a year and four months old. I just ordered a dog crate from Amazon. I will put them in the coop or run in the dog crate for atleast 5-7 days before letting them loose. I read they could be pecked to death.

Sorry you lost your Astralorp. I envied your free ranging chickens because I won't let mine out...but now I am glad I don't. It's a tough decision. Linda from Connecticut.

August 14, 2014 8:24 PM

 
Blogger kathy said...

Thanks Linda, I have a dog crate and will use this for the introduction. Great idea. I had read that some times there are problems, sometimes not.

My two chickens are very quiet now. They peer out of the run together. No eggs since Penny left. I hope they will perk up with their new coop mates next week.

I am more and more thinking if was a hawk that got my chicken. There is one black feather in the middle of my back yard. This is an area open to the sky. At 2 pm , it seems more like a hawk than a coyote or fox. The hawks are very big here. Today I heard them calling much of the afternoon. I will think about a portable hawk-safe enclosure for my chickens. Today I watched over them while they had some time to roam.

August 15, 2014 11:21 PM

 

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