The last two chooks have joined our flock...but I need help naming them!
They have to be named after a female hero as I talked about in this post...
This is a 10 week old bantam langshan.
And this is an almost grown up pekin, I keep calling her Brunhilde but I really don't know what to call her!
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions?
I decided to get a near-adult because the young ones don't seem to know what to eat...which sounds really silly...but something very sad happened on that bittersweet day I mentioned in my last post. That morning, at dawn, I went to let the bok flock out. Something was wrong. Artemis came out very slowly and usually she is first to run out. She was all fluffed up and clearly unwell, even going to sleep on the lawn. I panicked and took her to the vet.
The vet told me that she was incredibly weak and very very thin. He didn't know what was wrong, but gave her a general antibiotic and anti coccidia. He suspected she may have been ill when she first came home with me and as chooks hide their illness very well, didn't show signs of sickness until it was too late. She died just after we got home, resting in front of the fire. I was devastated - mostly because I didn't even notice how thin she had become. I'm not having much luck with chooks lately am I :(
So...I then paid very close attention to how much the rest of the flock were eating, also dosing them with amprolium and vitamins just in case. They never eat the treats I give them - hot porridge, mashed up boiled egg with vitamin and nutrition powder, not even their feed! So I decided to get an adult hen to 'show' them what to do - some chook to copy. I also changed their feed.
I only got one near-adult because I thought she would be less inclined to be a bully and more inclined to want to be kind to her fellow chooks. So far so good! The new girls are far bossier than my other three but they are getting along fine so far although the new ones don't want to leave the coop yet.
And as far as eating goes...she is a champion! The others have been watching her intently and whenever she pecks at something, they copy her too and I'm pleased to say they have been eating more and putting on more weight. It is a bizarre thing to me to have chooks that don't know how to eat...but they are very young...and thankfully seem healthy.
Look! The young ones are even eating the overgrown bok choy I pulled out for them! Joy :)
Florence and Nancy sunbaking