Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Chook Report


Remember these guys?
I got them back in Feb 24 2009.

It seems like I've had them forever.

Anyhow this is basically a photo report on their progress.




The next three photos are of the two new chooks my wife purchased the other day.




























These two photos are of my favorite chook/bantam, she is at the bottom of the pecking order but it only means she has to wait before the others will let her eat.

I like her poise and colouring. I think she is a proud chook.















The rest are the Light Sussex hens. I lost the rooster a while ago but the hens are fat as fools and I'm still waiting on the eggs to arrive.







The cost so far is $50.00 for the chooks and 4 bags of feed @ $18.00 which = $112.00. And if you divide that by $4.00 for a doz of eggs then these guys owe me 28 doz eggs.

I wonder if I lent an axe outside the gate to their pen if they would get the message or should I be a little more patient?





Click on the photos and you'll get a bigger picture.












Cheers for now and happy chickening
Stewart

19 comments:

Deb Halls said...

And their names are ...?

Stewart said...

C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 or dumb, dumber, dumbest, dumb as, dumb arse and the other two.

greenfumb said...

I know what you mean, I worked out once that each egg cost me about $15. I did think about getting a Hot Chicken sign to put up when they are slacking. Three of them are great and very reliable but one has never produced as far as I know. She is a nervous wreck so I call her Nellie.

Deb Halls said...

And you wonder why they're not laying. They should have names like Penelope or Patricia or Stephanie or Suzie.

greenfumb said...

PS Go the Warriors!

greenfumb said...

PPS I'm with Deb - mine are called Anastasia, Esmerelda, Ginger and of course Nervous Nellie.

Jacqui said...

They've probably given you a few $8 bags of nooey for your garden, not to mention the free labour involved in spreading the compost etc :)

Ours are the same boat which is why I added a little Rhodie to our mob. One of ours lays about 3 eggs then goes broody then moults and doesn't lay for about five months - what can I do? She has a name now so unless something spirits her away, she's ours for the term of her natural little life !

Tricia said...

I think your little bantum is gorgeous!

I agree with Deb and Greenfumb - no wonder the aren't laying...real names are a necessity! All our chooks have names...Tara, Mable, Dunno, Lollie and Wanda. We also had two big fluffy stupid Silkies named Suzie and Rozie - named after my mum and mother-in-law.

Tricia said...

I think your little bantum is gorgeous!

I agree with Deb and Greenfumb - no wonder the aren't laying...real names are a necessity! All our chooks have names...Tara, Mable, Dunno, Lollie and Wanda. We also had two big fluffy stupid Silkies named Suzie and Rozie - named after my mum and mother-in-law.

Tricia said...

I think your little bantum is gorgeous!

I agree with Deb and Greenfumb - no wonder the aren't laying...real names are a necessity! All our chooks have names...Tara, Mable, Dunno, Lollie and Wanda. We also had two big fluffy stupid Silkies named Suzie and Rozie - named after my mum and mother-in-law.

Tricia said...

I think your little bantum is gorgeous!

I agree with Deb and Greenfumb - no wonder the aren't laying...real names are a necessity! All our chooks have names...Tara, Mable, Dunno, Lollie and Wanda. We also had two big fluffy stupid Silkies named Suzie and Rozie - named after my mum and mother-in-law.

Tricia said...

Oops! Sorry about the repeated posts - I thought the button wasn't working :-)

Deb Halls said...

Nice names Greefumb. I'm glad I'm not alone in this.

Stewart said...

Hi Tricia, Nice to hear from you, hear from you, hear from you, hear from you.
Ok so far I've got Shirley the bantam, Peggy Sue, Annie, Rosemary,and Bessie.

Stewart said...

Greenfumb, I like the hot chicken sign idea, If the axe doesn't work I'll try that.
Ok so far I've got Shirley the bantam, Peggy Sue, Annie, Rosemary,and Bessie.
"PS Go the Warriors"! Do I detect a slight Kiwi accent there or do you just like the Warriors?

Stewart said...

Jacqui, Ok so I'll have to discount my doz of eggs to $3.00 a carton for all the nooey (nice turn of phrase there)I get.
Cheers and happy chickening. 'Chickening'(that must be a word, my spellchecker accepts it).

greenfumb said...

More than a slight touch of Kiwi, not a league fan though, I'm a Super 14 tragic much to my kids disgust.

I bet you'll get eggs now that you have given them names. Deb

Olive said...

Hi Stewart, Once upon a time we also had light sussex chooks, but found they only laid a few eggs and then went clucky. It seemed as if they were always sitting on the nest.
Someone told me that they were bred for meat and were the birds used on feasting tables in olden day England, where they ripped the legs off etc. at the table and ate it in the hand. Get the picture ?
The brown hens you have will be the best layers, they look like Isa Browns. This is the type we have, they lay big brown eggs. Pullets should start to lay at 20 weeks. Very pretty little bantam.

Deb Halls said...

YAY! The chooks have names!

Welcome to Shirley the bantam, Peggy Sue, Annie, Rosemary,and Bessie.

Now, if they don't start laying, I'll be happy to help you rip the leg off one once you've chopped it's head off, plucked it, cooked it and served it.