Posted 05-04-2004 at 18:40:25
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Just a short update, haven't talked about the chickens for a little while. I let the buffs out of their house and run almost every day, and today was no different. They are getting so big! I decided the speckled sussex were ready for a free ranging day, so this afternoon I let them out of the brooder. They had a good ole time, one even found a worm. They are about 6-7 weeks old now I think. Guess I shoudl have written down when I got them.
It took about 5 minutes before the buffs realized there were new critters roaming about. They mingled a little, but mostly each kind kept to their own little flock. The buffs weren't too aggressive, but if one of the sussex got too close they would pull a few feathers or peck. Nobody was hurt, just mostly startled.
They are going to have to get along. I plan on doing this free ranging together until they come together and flock together. At night, I put the buffs in their house and the speckled sussex in the brooder. Shelby was running around with a herding stick, lol, getting onto the buffs if they picked on the younguns. She told them they were going to get a time out in the chicken house if they didn't behave! LOL!
I sure hope they get along together pretty quick, because they are going to be in the hosue and run together when we go to Florida. I guess in a couple of weeks I will just put them together and let them sort it all out. Neither breed is aggressive, so there hopefully they will all get along soon.
I still haven't got the new pics developed, but I have to go run errands tomorrow, no choice, so I will see about dropping the film off at the one hour.