The Australorp chicks were over 2 months old and the Lt. Brahma’s would have been two months old this week.
I have to admit the Lt. Brahma chicks were my favorite. They have such a sweet personality. Very friendly, easy going, just made you smile at the antics they got up to when I was around. The Australorps were more skiddish even though I had them both in the same pen and handled them just as much. I definitely could tell the difference in the personality of the two breeds.
The day that it happened I called the lady I bought the Lt. Brahma chicks from trying to buy more but she had none to sell. I searched Craigslist and posted an ad expressing my wants with no luck. So a couple of days later when I was still missing my Lt. Brahmas, I found a hatchery that would let me order in smaller quantities and did just that…I ordered 15 Light Brahmas and 11 Golden Wyandottes.
I own a Silver Laced Wyandotte and she does a great job of laying eggs and everyone who sees her always oohs and aahs over how pretty she is. She is not very friendly but then the breed is known to be off-standish.
So in the meantime I am preparing to varmint-proof my coop. It has been so rainy here that we haven’t been able to work on anything. But they say that after today we are supposed to get a few days without rain. I hope so because we are living in a swamp right now. And the new fashionable footwear is rubber boots!
Our plan for protection proofing from the varmints is to dig a trench around the coop and place mesh wire into trench around the bottom edge of the coop so they cannot dig under again. We have already have wire overlapped at the top of our coops so the varmint would not be able to climb in from above. We were lax in working on the bottom and now I have lost my little babies.
In the meantime my Buff Orpingtons are in the next pen over and the only thing separating it is chicken wire so we have been tying our dog up at night at the coop. She doesn’t like it but neither does the varmint because it hasn’t been back. I’m going to do my best to make sure any of my other chickens meet the same fate anytime soon.
In the meantime, one of my hens went broody and she hatched out five little chicks last Monday. Today I have 11 eggs in the incubator that are due to hatch anytime so I will be busy the next few weeks taking care of more baby chickens until the new ones arrive. And getting ready to varmint-proof my chicken coop.