Thursday, August 21, 2008

20. Just as I thought, we have TWO roosters!

Penguin, now mostly called Roo or Rooey, crows at 5:45-6:00am for about a half an hour. What I thought was two different sounds that he made now seem more like another rooster! Listen for yourself and take a guess...

The first sound is rooster #2, and the second is Penguin/Rooey, the black one. They then alternate.
((Sounds added soon!!!))

Based on what the rest of the chickens look like (comb and feathers are not rooish), our guess (confirmed by members of!) is that the Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Garnet (mostly called Dottie)is in fact the second mystery rooster. Yikes!

We will have to choose between them since two roosters in one coop is one rooster too many. :(

Saturday, August 9, 2008

18. Welcome, finally, Black Star hens!

Yesterday morning we made the swap.
The Jersey Giant and the Black Minorca hens have to now fend for themselves among more than 65 mixed birds -ducks, geese, turkeys and chickens of every variety! There truly is a pecking order, and I witnessed the process with my own eyes...
Guinness, the Minorca should be fine since she was the very bottom of the ladder in our bunch and hardly allowed enough space to roost or access treats. Now there are so many smaller bantam birds under her that she is sure to get her share!
Peeps, the Giant, has other chickens just like her kind and is real big, so she should fare well also.

We took home our newest additions, the three Black Star hens, and let them have the coop to themselves after letting the rest of the bunch out for the day to free-range.

The new girls kept to themselves for most of the day and did not roam far...
Truthfully, they are a little war torn and aggressive because of their previous home life. Finding your place among so many birds must have been a daily battle and exhausting!
I hope they acclimate well to our environment and relax a little! We have such a little flock (all things considered) and the one rooster(so far!), Penguin, is most certainly the boss. Hopefully these elements will help to calm them down.
Here is the yet unnamed most golden of the new hens:

As you can see, her tail feathers show wear from her previous life.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

17. Gotcha!

Uh oh...... Penguin was caught in the act! Problem is that this video was taken at 9:15am. If we have a crower all day long, the friendly neighbor across town gets crower soup!

Also in chick news, by the end of the week we will have swapped Peeps and Guinness for three long lost Black Star chicks! Two for three is not exactly a fair trade, but we figure that another rooster is likely to show itself and we will trade him then...

Been nice knowing you two!
Bye Peeps! (Jersey Giant hen)

See ya, Guinness! (Black Minorca hen)