Sunday, August 29, 2010

A new Roo in charge

Two weeks ago I put my big blue roo up on CL to see if I could find him another home. I was going to replace him with one of my young blue/buff roosters that was coming along. I found a home for him a couple blocks away, so he is happily bossing around a new group of hens. He was such a handsome boy, I knew I could find him a home where he wouldn't end up on a plate.

After looking over my blue/buff chicks again, I wasn't sure about the cochin part of my project. Cochins are beautiful, but the feathered feet aren't great here in the NW, because they are muddy most of the time, then they are jumping on the hens with these big muddy mops, and the hens get filthy, and it's kind of a mess. So I decided I would wait and raise one more year of blue mix chicks, but this time with a blue orpington. I managed to find one in Sandy, Oregon, and a friend happened to be going over there for something else, so she picked him up for me.

 What a lovely boy!

He has striking black eyes, and lovely scalloping on his feathers.

So Thursday, when I gathered up all my extra boys and took them to auction, I let him out with the hens. They seemed instantly at ease, and relaxed. All the extra roosters were annoying them. The whole flock just seems at peace now. And the new roo is cock-a-doodle-dooing up a storm. Happy chickens.

The girls are just finishing up molting, and looking pretty good. Poor Beautiful had a completely bare back, and now it's covered in pinfeathers - that's new feathers coming in. She's my oldest hen. 

My blue/buff girls were camera-shy this morning

Navi is fascinated by the McNuggets in the brooder box. 

I took six chicks to auction that I felt confident were boys. I kept the best looking blue/buff boy (he's front and center in this picture), and all the girls - I hope! These kids are about ready to move out to the chicken tractor and get some grass under their feet - I'd just like them to feather up a little bit more, especially with the cool days we've been having. 
Getting rid of the extra chicks made a big difference in feeding them - I went from refilling their feeder twice a day to only needing to fill it every other day! I think those roos must eat twice as much as the hens!

1 comment:

Amy Manning said...

I never considered muddy feet here in the northwest. I was hoping to raise some salmon faverolles and some cochins for incubating hens. Now I may reconsider. :)