We have just welcomed Henny and Penny, a pair of Pekin/Silkie cross hens to our back yard. You can read more about their arrival at Chickens Home to Roost
Henny and Penny
A black pure bred Silkie will be ready to join Henny and Penny in a few weeks. We got this breed of chicken as I was advised that they are calm birds, happy to interact with children, and not destructive. They are about 4 weeks away from laying eggs. I am told that this will happen so long as the chickens feel safe, happy and warm!
Ok — so there is the challenge..
1. Safe -tick. Yes they have a great home that Mr Fresh picked up on E-bay.
2. Happy – umm what makes them happy?
Food – They get to eat scraps from my garden so they should be happy with that. My Fresh growled at me for giving them a piece of bread he wanted. I think they are fed well 🙂
Low Stress – We have no other pets to harass them but Punky loves to give them cuddles. My instructions to be gentle are not registering in his 4 year old excitement. We visit them often in the day to change water and say hi (this novelty may wear thin..)so I am sure they are feeling loved!
Punky Introduces a Friend
3. Warm – ??? Melbourne weather is unpredictable. It is summer and today I am cold and am wearing a long sleeve top. They do have shelter and a warm nest. They also have garlic crushed in their water as I am told by the chicken breeder that it protects them from getting a cold.
I will keep you posted on our progress. They are due to be let out of their coop to free range in our yard in the coming week. I am a little bit worried about what that might mean to my vegetable patch – can you put blinkers on chickens?
I would love to hear from you – You can click on the Comment link at the end of this post and it will allow you to add a comment. Do you have chickens?
Weekend Update – Henny and Penny ventured out in the garden yesterday afternoon and had a great time exploring. They found My Patches within about 15 minutes – we will have to think about that….