Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy hens

The chicks are growing so fast - since last week they live outdoors full time, with the "old girls" (our 4 year old hens).  Today we noticed a little one drinking from the big hen water dispenser for the first time, and another trying to eat a grub.  When I brought out the weekly health treat of homemade yogurt mixed with raw garlic - a natural anti-worm tonic for the older hens (see other natural worming remedies using herbs), one young one bravely came over to taste the mix too.  The little ones have learned to jump up onto the high perches for night roosting, side by side with the other hens, and, although the four young ones like to stick close together, they have somehow worked out a mutual agreement that everyone is welcome with the old hens.  We weren't sure how the transition of adding new young hens would go. 

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJune 03, 2011

    wow thats great! im going to try the yogurt thing. we are down to two hens down, they are coming on two three years now and we are only getting about 1 egg a day.