Brian Larkin Pullets 12 wks Old

Six Layer Pullets just finding their feet in the new chookhouse
Here are the new chickens - three white pullets 12 weeks old and three older birds 20wks.  The buff bird at the front looks a little scraggily as she is moulting.  They had just been released into the chicken pen and were finding their feet.

12 week pullets from Brian Larkin, Tahmoor, NSW, Australia.
As you can see they began to scratch and peck immediately and sorted through the kitchen scraps we had out for them.

image of Black Australorp from Brian Larkin, Tahmoor.
There is a black bird - apparently a cross with an Australrop - I have had these types previously and they make great layers.  Also, note the beetle green sheen on the black feathers - it is very striking in the morning light.

image of a hybrid chicken from Brian Larkin
This bird was described as Grey by Brian Larkin - it has an almost tortoise-shell pattern and it will probably work well for camouflage from predators etc when it is free ranging.  
It is always exciting introducing new Birds into the flock.  Met with Brian Larkin this morning and recruited another half dozen of his birds into my flock.  Let's hope they have long and prosperous lives helping work the rainforest and are happy and productive on the egg front too!

Asked to take some images of the birds in the transport truck but was declined, as he feared they might be repercussions as people see the transport as inhumane for some reason.  I could not see why or how the conditions were not acceptable - it is tricky work moving a couple hundred chickens across the state. 

Anyway, lovely bloke and hope I don't have to buy any more for a while and the dog stays away from the girls and lets us all live in peace.

Brian Larkin Recommends

It is always advisable:

1) To run your flock of young pullets away from older birds at least until fully mature to help avoid picking up other established diseases that your older birds might have been exposed to and most likely have developed an immunity to.

2) Treat all new birds you add to your flock with a coccidiostat via the drinking water approx 10 days after bringing them home and make sure the new birds are fed on an appropriate ready mix feed, that also contains a coccidiostat until they are at least five to six months old.


  1. Just sharing our garden chicken escapades - looks like you have your hands full...

  2. Here's a handy link to some more information on keeping chickens from a trusted authority website.

  3. Just sharing a handy link from the team at SBS TV and Costa's Garden Odyssey - there are some fresh new ideas here, worth a look.

  4. The floor of the poultry yard (under the roosts and perches) must be constructed of either clean sand or an impervious surface.

    This is good advice.