The Rubys 18 Month Henniversary

Happy 18 month henniversary to The Rubys! It's also a 'happy birthday' to these girls as we got these hens as day old chicks for Ruby, one of our ex-commercial hens that was broody. We tentatively put the chicks under Ruby and she took to them and brought them up…

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Happy Mother’s Day Ruby
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Happy Mother’s Day Ruby

Happy Mother's Day to Ruby today! Last summer Ruby informed us that she would like to be a mum and after deliberating what to do, we wanted to help Ruby do what nature was telling her, and so arrived Crystal, Pearl and Sapphire. Ruby spent weeks keeping them warm and…

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The Rubys at 16 Weeks
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The Rubys at 16 Weeks

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The chicks are all grown up! Last weekend marked 16 weeks since we brought them back in a small cardboard box and carefully place them underneath Ruby; now they're almost the same size as Ruby and fully establishing themselves as part of the flock. It's hard to believe that the…

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Oregano Tea for Rose and The Rubys
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Oregano Tea for Rose and The Rubys

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Rose has been a bit off-colour the last couple of days, and with The Rubys now exposed to the outside and potential diseases from the ground, we made them some oregano tea to help fight of any potential infections. We want to use as much garden herbal remedies as possible…

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Quintuple Integration Day 1
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Quintuple Integration Day 1

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Today was the day we decided to integrate the recent arrivals and the hens that had been poorly but had now recovered enough to be part of the main flock. Integrating 2 groups is bad enough, but we wanted a single flock and to have all the hens outside together,…

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Ruby and the Rubys at 8 Weeks
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Ruby and the Rubys at 8 Weeks

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The Rubys are 8 weeks old today and we thought it was time for them to venture outside! The chicks are not 'chicks' anymore, but more pullets, though the definition is loose, and given a pullet is a hen less than 1 year old, and because they're not 'chicks' anymore,…

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The Rubys Change to  Growers Pellets
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The Rubys Change to Growers Pellets

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The Rubys are growing up fast and increasing in size quite considerably, and today we changed their diet to introduce Growers Pellets, which they'll be on from about 8 weeks to 16 weeks. They've been fed Chick Crumb since day 1, which contains a higher amount of protein to help…

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Ruby and the Rubys at 28 Days
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Ruby and the Rubys at 28 Days

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The Rubies continue to grow and it's hard to believe that they're only 4 weeks old, they're so much bigger than they were when they arrived, yet still tuck in under Ruby each night to sleep. I'm finding I'm filling the feeder more often, which is to be expected, and…

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Ruby and the Rubys at 21 Days
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Ruby and the Rubys at 21 Days

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I say this on every update on the chicks, but they're growing and they're now around the size of a blackbird! Their feathers are changing to the thicker, darker Welsummer coat and they're starting to show behaviours more, such as preening and dustbathing in the litter in their run. We…

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Ruby and the Rubys at 14 Days
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Ruby and the Rubys at 14 Days

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We've had the chicks for 2 full weeks now, and they're starting to grow up! They're getting larger - still roughly the size of a robin - but getting a little bigger each day. I've noticed there are longer periods where they're away from Ruby, as they'll need her heat…

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The Rubys are Growing!
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The Rubys are Growing!

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I've been away for a couple of days and the chicks have grown! They've probably just been growing at their normal rate, but having not seem them for a little while, they seem a lot bigger. What were 3 tiny little chicks when they first arrived are now chicks about…

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Ruby and the Rubys at 7 Days
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Ruby and the Rubys at 7 Days

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We've had the Rubys a week now, and they're getting on well. Mortality rates in chicks are high in the first few days, and we're pleased to get to 1 week, with everyone appearing well. Ruby continues to provide warmth for the chicks under her body and they spend a…

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Ruby and the Rubies Move Home
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Ruby and the Rubies Move Home

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Ruby and her chicks have been exploring the barn the last couple of days, mainly to give Ruby a bit of exercise as she's done a lot of sitting down, and also to allow her to 'visit he bathroom' - which is a daily trip to deposit a vile and…

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The Rubys Day 1
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The Rubys Day 1

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I woke several times during the night, thinking about the chicks suffocating under Ruby, or Ruby suddenly applying logic to the fact that the eggs she was sitting on for a few days weren't fertile so couldn't hatch, let alone hatch after a week and therefore those were not her…

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