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.
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
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.
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.