Saturday, 12 September 2009
Today we brought the three best of the Welsummer pullets, from the first hatch of this year, down from the yard to join the laying flock. They are now 21 weeks so should be close to POL. They weren't that keen to be caught, but if the remaining birds knew their fate I'm sure they would all have jumped in the box. There has been very little squabbling between the new birds and the established flock, although they are keeping apart from each other. Where they will choose to roost tonight I'm not sure.(The three new ones have snuggled up in the small ark,which is fine.They can continue to do so until they feel ready to join the others.)
One of the new birds has an overgrown beak which will need trimming in the next few days but as I won't be breeding from them it shouldn't be a problem.....
....and yes we do still have the three geriatric Light Sussex who were supposed to have been culled before the new ones arrived. Only one of them has called our bluff and started to lay again. So a stay of execution for a few weeks at least.