Kismet brought Hazel and Myrtle for a visit in January 2008. We adopted them, making a home in our back yard, which is where this blog begins. Betty, Lulu and Zelda are our new family of hens!
Friday, June 11, 2010
These hens are WILD!
So, this evening was trying. Here is my plea for advice from members of backyardchickens.com:
New hens (6 months); totally lost!
I just brought home three new hens. My other two hens died after a nice long life and I thought getting new hens would be easy (please stop laughing).
First of all, my other hens were adopted at about age two or three, so they were calm, tame and very spoiled girls. These new girls are WILD. I have one Ameraucana, one Dominique and one Buff Orpington, all from the same flock. They are about 6 months old and I thought that I could just drop them in to my pen and they'd settle in nicely.
Catching them tonight to put in the coop was a bloody nightmare. Mainly because of the mosquitoes attacking my husband and I while were tried to catch them, so question #1 is: Will they get to know that this is their coop and go in nicely...ever?
Also, they FLY. My other birds never flew anywhere more than 2 feet. I saw some other posts about using netting for fruit trees and clipping one of their wings, but can you train them to behave? Question 2: Do they calm down? Can you train a chicken? Any advice to get them on the road to chiilin' chickens?
Really ANY kind words are appreciated and any advice to get us through this transition to their new urban home would be helpful. I'm not ready to cry yet, but I wasn't at all prepared for these crazy teenagers!