Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Roosters Are Crowing and there are 6 of them!

The roosters, (Yes plural),  are learning to crow and it is adorable! They have these feeble, wobbly attempts as they stretch their vocal cords in an effort to belt out a full on cock-a-doodle-doo. About the plural part, so far we have counted 6 rosters. We had ordered 1 Buff Orpington and 1 NH Red roo and the hatchery thew in a free Easter Egger roo. The Easter Egger is a little banty so I'm not sure how he will make out with the big meat/egg breed roos but I read that roosters raised together from day one get along better. Still he is a cocky little banty. Some of these roosters will end up in the freezer and will supply us with delicious soups and broths during the winter. For that we are grateful. 

The Welsummers were a breed I really wanted but the chicks were only available straight run, (not sexed), so I ended up with 3 roos out of 5 Wellsummer chicks. These Welsummer roosters are so beautiful though. Think Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal box rooster. 

 Here are 3 photos of the Welsummer Rooster Trio we ended up with. They sure are beautiful. Now we will just wait and see how their personalities turn out. That will help us decide who to keep and who to cull.

 They are very watchful and curious about me. So far only one of the Roos has bitten me and it was more of a test, not very hard.

 The 3rd Welsummer roo looking proud and beautiful

 Over on the far right is the little Bantam Easter Egger roo. He is sitting here with his harem. He sure is a cocky little guy and if he bosses the others around too much he may have to go.  The hen's in this photo are (from left to right) Silver Laced Wyandotte, Black Australorp , and Plymouth Barred rock

 This Turken, also known as Naked Necks,  is my absolute favorite hen. She loves to be patted and fussed over. She will come right up to me and snuggle in for pats. She also makes direct eye contact a lot. She is no dummy, she has made me fall so in love with her that she will never end up in the freezer.

Here she is close up. What a sweetie. I need to come up with a name for her. 

 The Silver Laced Wyandotte hens are stunning. 

 The Buff Orpingtons (On left) are supposed to be super docile friendly birds and very broody. I only got 2 Orpington hens and one roo thinking it might make a good tempered rooster. Interestingly they are the most distant and detached birds in the flock. Not mean at all just very skittish and uninterested in us. All the other breeds are much more curious and friendly. Another very sweet Naked Neck girl is on the right. She is getting new feathers and you can see the feather shafts with the new feathers emerging.

 All the girls are molting their feathers like crazy and if you blow this photo up you can see the new feather shafts with feather emerging on the Naked Neck girl.

 Just chilling on one of the roosts

 A Silver Laced Wyandotte and a Black Australorp snuggling together on the roost. 

 The girls hanging at the waterer. The brown one in the center is one of the two Welsummer hens, I think, I hope ;-) Wish more than two of them had turned out to be hens.

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