Sunday, 6 December 2009
Mrs Big Bird
Due to the kindness of colour it green I now a have a 20 week old Australorp pullet. She is beautiful, dark and glossy with a lovely green sheen. For 20 weeks old she is very big and very confident.
I'm not normally happy to introduce a single bird to an already established flock and certainly not without a period of separation, but circumstances dictated that this time it was worth taking a chance. She came from a very well cared for flock and I was confident that the chance of introducing anything 'unpleasant' was minimal to nil.
As we walked towards the hen run with her in a basket, she was already calling to the other hens. Inside the run we placed the basket on the ground, opened the door and waited. As my flock gathered curiously around she casually pecked at the grass within her reach, within minutes she nonchalantly strolled out, got her bearings and made a bee line for the young Welsummer, who in the last few weeks has established herself as top hen and immediately picked a fight, which she won I hasten to add. Ten minutes and three more hens later Mrs Big Bird had made a bid for top position in the flock. My nine hens huddled in the corner of the run, one bleeding from the comb while Mrs Big Bird confidently took her full from the feeder. On checking them again just now, she was dust bathing in the most favoured location in the run. As it is now getting dark I am curious to know if she will be 'allowed' into the hen house. I'm sure she will !
I think Mrs Big Bird is going to be just fine.