On the 8th September 2018 4 scruffy looking hens arrived at school. These hens were rescued from going to slaughter at the age of 72 weeks as they were classed as being commercially unviable.
The hens were given names and life at Weddington began for Tinkerbell, Lucy, Dorothy and Hermione. They enjoyed living the high life, initially living behind a fence within the KS2 quad, eventually taking over the whole quad. As the days went on the hens became friendlier and allowed children to get near and stroke them. Sadly we lost Hermione, and this is not unusual for a rescued hen and thankfully the others are thriving and enjoying life.
In April 2019, I borrowed a broody hen and set 9 eggs under her. On May 14th the first chick hatched, a little brown chick named Bourbon, over the next few days 5 more eggs hatched. The chick colours were, 2 grey known as Jammie and Dodger, 2 speckled known as Custard and Cream and a little black one known as Oreo. The chicks grew fast and it soon became apparent that we had 2 cockerels, unfortunately we couldn’t keep them. During the summer holidays Dodger and Bourbon went off to new pastures in Kent to live on a farm.
The chicks have grown and we have kept them and their mummy hen now known as Ginny. It is hoped soon that during the weekends and holidays they will move into their new run on the field. If you would like to go on the Care for the hen’s rota, please let me know.
Warren (can be confused with the Bovans Goldline or ISA Brown due to their similar colouring and looks)
Usually light weight and very quick to mature
Very common both for commercial keepers and as pets
Commercial/Table and as pets
Medium/large light brown eggs
Light weight, small eyes, light yellow/white legs
They are the original “little brown hen” with brown bodies and cream coloured feathers at the end of their tails
Warrens are prolific layers and as a hybrid breed are hardy, rarely sick, inquisitive, and friendly. This makes them the perfect chicken for first time keepers, especially if you have children.
Most people will recognise the Warren as the chickens used in battery farms and although we don’t agree with battery farming the amazing egg laying capacity of Warrens makes it easy to see why they’re used in commercial farming.
Warrens can produce around 320 large, light brown eggs in a year so if having plenty of eggs is one of your main motivations for keeping chickens this breed could be the right choice for you.
Their friendly, inquisitive nature makes them very popular with first time chicken keepers and their good feed conversion rate means they’re relatively cheap to keep. They’re easy to tame and docile when handling making them ideal if there are children in the family.
Information taken from: https://jimvysechickenchat.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/breed-of-the-week-warren/
The first Pekins are said to have been stolen from a private collection held by the emperor of China in Peking around 1860. Another story states they were imported from China around 1830-1840 and were presented to Queen Victoria. These imported birds were then crossed with other breeds and are now know today as Pekin Bantams.
The Pekin is a very gentle bird. They are good layers of small eggs but are broody, making them great mums. They make excellent pets for children as they are tame. They settle very well and require little space. Pekins can look rather pale and anaemic if not allowed on grass to forage. They tend not to scratch around in flower beds so are good birds to keep in an urban garden. They are normally a robust and long-lived bird that loves company.
Pekins are a very popular breed here in the UK. They are available in a whole range of colours. Lavender, blue, silver partridge, red partridge, blue mottled, Columbian, cuckoo, mottled, buff, black, white and wheaten. With all their feathers they actually look larger than they really are. All colours have short legs and feathered feet and toes.
Custard & Cream are Millefleur colours, Oreo is black and is a slightly smaller bird than the others and Jammie is Lavender.
Information taken from: www.omlet.co.uk
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