Seems to have been a busy time, though I don't really know why. Thought you might like to see the Easter Chicks now they have been released from their shed. Big boy bought 24 meat chicks as day olds at the beginning of April 2009. One went off its legs quite early and had to be despatched, but the rest are trying hard for a normal life. If they were still in their meat shed, with their 12,000 brothers and sisters they would face certain death for the table at 14-16 weeks old. These 23 rescued birds are now 8 weeks old. They weight absolutely loads, and have really peculiar (read deformed) breast, leg and hip. They don't seem to articulate in their joints like normal chooks, and they think only about eating and resting. However, they have now been released into the yard to live with the brown hens and they seem to be coping quite well with life in the open. Will keep you posted on their progress. We are hoping that they can scratch, bathe, lay eggs and become 'yard birds' but not sure how their joints will hold up. Interesting experiment. They have no fear of humans and eat EVERYTHING in front of their beaks...and crap as they walk.
Skipper is wearing his fly protection gear. The flies were biting him mercilessly, and he seems grateful when he gets the fly pyjamas put back on after he has been out. They pull on over his head, its like dressing a very tall 2 year old. Spray all other exposed bits of him with repellent, and then he's comfortable - what a faf! Little black pny belongs to neighbour and has equally embarrassing set of pyjamas.