It was only when I looked at photos of when the chicks had hatched that I realised that they were born exactly 2 months ago today (27th May 2013).
I have now taken the rooster back to the neighbour and the three older chickens keep the young ones in check.
A couple of the young male chickens have already started play-fighting but it’s not serious and they soon get bored.
The total count is 4 females and 5 males so I’m really pleased: the whole point of increasing the flock of laying hens has been achieved.
Because I was going to be getting some more eating chickens we cleaned out and disinfected the greenhouse in preparation. However, the shop won’t be getting eating chickens in until the middle of August.
I’ve closed the door to the greenhouse and yesterday the chicks ventured inside for the first time.