Barbie's Babies 2019

sunnyring

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meet Barbie's new ducklings- hatched last night, she's an old old lady but seems young again now has these to protect... she nailed me well when I put hand in to put food in lol. she is either 14 or 15 now. the ducklings are runners. Asbo chicken who normally lives with Barbie is now firm friends with the new chicken Ginger so not lonely while Barbie is duckling tending. was a little tricky to achieve due to Asbo's chicken savaging habit but a combination of a beak bit ( think chicken muzzle/Hanabel Lector mask lol) for one week followed by spraying new hen with nasty anti pecking stuff has done the trick and they now are good pals. 60192421_10219662297736748_4493045269226586112_n.jpg 60524466_10219662297936753_9023434922609606656_n.jpg
 

Stinkie

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Barbie is such a cool mum every time :)
I almost asked last night for piccies of the chicken muzzle, never knew they existed! Ginger is looking fab too
 

sunnyring

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Barbie is such a cool mum every time :)
I almost asked last night for piccies of the chicken muzzle, never knew they existed! Ginger is looking fab too
She is a darling , very old now but was so determined to go broody who am I to say no? she is not letting them out of their house yet so are having room service of a fresh dish of wet chick crumb a few times a day.
the muzzle- I hate using them and will only ever use for a week but they are useful if you have one who needs to stop attacking and start thinking . she would have torn Ginger limb to limb without it. she could still eat/drink etc with it in but could not grab feathers or skin or peck hard (she still tried nutting her for a few days but that is not as bad!) thankfully now minus muzzle and they are best of friends.
 

sunnyring

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its a soft rubbery plastic beak bit- she had to wear it for one week to stop her killing the new girl-which she would have as she has form for really hurting other chickens. I never use them unless necessary and never more then one week but if you have one that really means it regarding aggression it does calm everything down until they realise actually a friend is a nice thing. the beak bit acts like a muzzle- prevents hard pecking , prevents feather pulling and skin ripping, Its good for Asbo to have a chicken friend as they are very social creatures so although not a nice thing for her to wear it the benefits of having a good pal at end of week is worth the irritation of one week with the beak bit. Its not something I ever do lightly as you do really need to watch over a hen thats muzzled to make sure she is comfortable at all times.

the ducklings are runner ducks, I was really pleased to get a mix of colours as they are more interesting to watch growing up. I'd reckon probably one black, one wild duck colour and 2 white although some of the their parents were a pale gold brown so maybe one of the yellow ones is that rather then white.
 

sunnyring

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ps with a hen with serious aggression issues the general advice is to kill the hen. or keep in solitary confinement . many commercial flocks avoid the issue by amputating a huge portion of all hens upper beaks when they are chicks- cut back that hard it does not grow back. Ginger has been slightly beak clipped but its minimal- would have happened at 2 or 3 days old- she is very very lucky as has majority of beak. many that have it done look terrible, really mutilated - it depends on who is doing the job that day how bad they end up. if you look closely at Ginger hen you can see her upper beak is not quite as long as it should be but she has had so little taken off I think it will grow back. very lucky hen.
if you want to see what the commercial hens look like beak clipped that aren't as lucky as Ginger look up debeaking on google- I won't put photos up as its vile
 

DizzyBlue

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Barbie looks like she is smiling :)
They've grown really quickly and changed in stature so fast still totally cutie
Will strip face have a stripe face as an adult?
 

sunnyring

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They look like baby runner ducks now as they have grown. I think the stripe face will be a wild mallard type colour but would be nice if kept her stripes so will just have to wait and see. stripes do normally disappear but with garden ones like these that are not show bred they really could do anything. hard to predict accurately .
Barbie is guarding them very carefully as we have had magpies hanging around so they are not allowed to go very far from her side.
 
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