Monday, December 1, 2008

Jeepers Creepers...

We have some peepers!


We tend to call them the eep-eeps, and we've had them about two weeks. Annie is a White Leghorn and Clarabel is an Australorp. We also also bought Henrietta, a Rhode Island Red, but we found her dead in the coop one morning last week, after a few cold days. There are now two pyramids under the lemon tree.

The supplier is a chook breeder at Luddenham, so it's not as long a trip as I was imagining. I have right of return if the pullets turn out to be cockerels.

Penny has been rather confused about the little ones, as they are too young to be allowed to free-range without supervision. Sometimes she calls to them, and sometimes tries to peck them. I am not too worried about this: she has been debeaked, but these little ones haven't, so they'll soon be able to stand up for themselves.


Speaking of Penny: she still has gurgly lungs, which you can hear if you put an ear to her side. I gave her chlortetracycline in her water for about ten days, and she does seem better. Her tail has approached upright, and she is eating a lot (she really likes the chick starter food!) and is more energetic. On the negative side, her vent is still dirty and, of course, she still gurgles. Here's hoping.

4 comments:

Amanda said...

Gorgeousness!
I nearly bought another two pullets yesterday but refrained, cause there is already too much chook poo covering our backyard.
I love teenage chooks!

Yolanda Elizabet said...

Very cute those two new pullets, pity about the third one. Let's hope that Penny gets rid of her gurgly lungs soon and all will be right in Chookie's back yard.

Kelley said...

The white leghorn looks gorgeous.

Is it what Foghorn Leghorn was modelled on, cause that just seems weird given how pretty she is

Chookie said...

Foghorn Leghorn is a rooster, and the roosters, while handsome, do seem a bit full of themselves! When Annie grows up, she'll look more like one of Gonzo's hens. Oh dear. I hope I'm not upsetting you...