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These bad girls are five new hens - three White Leghorn and two Columbine. We picked them up yesterday and put them in the coop. After a skirmish with my existing seven brown hens I let my old girls out so the new ones could find their feet.

This morning an almighty scrap ensued, and all five new birds flew the coop in spectacular fashion. These posh hens can fly like pheasants! Sister Trix and I spent half an hour with a fishing net and caught three, clipped a wing each and put them back in the pen. T'other two evaded capture, but S and I managed to get them a short while later. Even with a clipped wing one of the Columbines managed to fly the pen again. So now they are in disgrace in the house, with the door shut, and we've had to net the top of the pen.

Phew. All I wanted was some pretty blue and white eggs, I am so frazzled with all the pecking, bullying, flying, clipping, squawking etc, I need a lie down and a medicinal coopol and (b)randy slammer I think!

Posted at 9th Mar 2009 - 12:50PM   Posted by KittyB   today I have been mostly... Comments: 6

Exmoorjane's Avatar Lummy, better get them trained before we come, Kitty! Sounds like a heck of a lot of bother for pretty eggs!Very Happy

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 9th Mar 2009 at 12:54PM

Preseli Mags's Avatar What a handsome bunch of posh new hens. I'm sure they'll settle down soon (as long as they don't fly off first!)

Our newbies have taken about three weeks to settle. Hostilities have almost ceased now and they are popping lovely big brown eggs out by the dozen. Fortunately they don't do anything complicated like flying (they're definitely Chicken Run hens!).

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 9th Mar 2009 at 01:06PM

Frances's Avatar What a picture ... and not just the excellent photo of the new girls in town.

How long does it usually take for a bunch of hens to settle in together? Who makes the first move towards peace, the new hens or the old. Is there one hen who sort says "enough of this nonsense?" See how ignorant I am! xo

Posted by: Frances on 9th Mar 2009 at 01:07PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Best way to catch hens is note where they roost when it is dark and then grab them - they rarely fly in the dark. Or if they are roosting up trees try and grab them at dusk when they are still on the ground. If you see them shine the torch straight into their eyes - it confuses them and gives you a chance to grab them, or note where they are turn the torch off and grab - hens go 'still' when it is dark.

If you keep catching them up each night and putting them back in the coop and then let them out in the morning eventually they should settle - mine always did.

Now off up to the San and get your medicine - and better tuck your vest in and take the straw out of your hair . . . um . . . and you pong a bit of chicken poo . . .
Rolling Eyes

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Mar 2009 at 01:55PM

Woozle1967's Avatar Better still - here's a large glass of wine, a bowl of nibbles, and the fire's on.x

Posted by: Woozle1967 on 9th Mar 2009 at 06:05PM

ChrisH's Avatar Oh, I thought Woozle was suggesting that's the best way to catch chickens. Well, it work for me if I was a chicken. Anyway, I hope your flighty pieces have come home now and that the scrapping is over!

Posted by: ChrisH on 9th Mar 2009 at 09:27PM

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