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    Default Today we picked up our 'new' ex-battery farm chickens!!!

    So, we picked up our four ex-bats this afternoon. It was a very smooth process and apparently that one centre has rehoused nearly 5000 birds in their history.

    We're now at home and the girls are settling in. There's a bit of pecking but nothing too serious and it's fascinating.

    Two are well on their way to being oven ready due to the lack of feathers but the other two are in pretty good nick.

    I've just let our four original girls out to have a look at them and they don't really seem that interested.

    There should be a couple of pics attached. It was pretty busy at the collection point so didn't take any pics there.

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    Nice work Stan!!
    They don't look too bald. Are these the better ones?
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    I don't think they look too bad either. Good luck! I'm sure with your outside space you won't have a huge pecking problem. Fingers crossed
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    Well done Stan- I bet they can't believe their luck!
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    Those are the two with the fewest feathers. Yep - I wasn't sure what to expect and was pleasantly surprised by the other two in particular which only have a few very small patches with no feathers.

    They do seem thoroughly bemused at pretty much everything! The wind blew earlier And all four of them jumped!!!

    Thanks for your positive comments.

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    The morning after the night before and 3 of the 4 are stuffing themselves silly with the mashed up pellets. The fourth one is sitting quietly in the corner and seems quite passive. Will be keeping an eye on her as she seems pretty placid. She isn't being pecked a great deal so maybe has resigned herself to a place at the bottom of the order?
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    It's amazing the difference just 24hrs has made. Still a bit of pecking but things already to settle down by the looks of it. The new girls have all spent most of today eating solidly! I thought one of them was going to pop! Our original four have paid a bit more attention today and it's fascinating watching!

    The biggest difference is their combs - they are already a better colour and standing up much more. It's great to see the difference. They went into the house easier tonight to and seemed a bit more at home!

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    It's great to hear they are getting on so well
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