Our chickens are mostly all doing fine. Many of them are finishing up molting now, and egg production is way down. It's getting very cold here, I don't know why chickens molt at this time of the year. If I was a chicken I'd want to molt in the heat of summer.
Here's Freckles - she was the first adult hen that we bought who came with a batch of chicks. She was a great mother to those babies, she taught us alot, and she never went broody since we have had her. We would have let her raise more chicks if she wanted. We thought she was old when we got her, but she's still doing fine. She's the wildest of all our chickens, since we didn't raise her. Freckles has a special place in my heart; she's the old wise woman in our flock.
|Freckles, our original hen|
Here's Bella, one of Freckles' chicks. Bella goes broody all the time and has always raised our guinea keets for us.
Muffin is the best rooster I've ever known. He's a hard working man. He feeds his hens, he protects them when needed, and generally does everything he can for the flock, taking care of himself last. He doesn't like other roosters, but tolerates Leggy, his assistant. The other (new) roosters are enemies. In the springtime Muffin likes to push me around, but I've learned how to manage him and we both really love each other deep down inside (even in the springtime when it appears he wants to fight and kill me and I'm taking the broom to him). I like to hold Muffin in the evening inside the coop to keep him tame. He always tries to peck my eyes out; I've learned to keep a hand on his head when he's being held.
|Muffin, the lead rooster|
This summer we got 4 Cuckoo Maran and 4 Rhode Island Red chicks. We didn't know the sexes of the chicks- we picked them out of a big box at the local farmer's market. We ended up with 2 Cuckoo Maran roosters and 4 Rhode Island Red roosters!!! The Cuckoo Maran roosters have just started crowing. So far we haven't seen the Red roosters crow yet. One of the 2 Cuckoo Maran hens has laid an egg this week - our first dark brown egg! But it was broken open and made a mess in the nestbox. This week we gave the 2 Cuckoo Maran roosters to a friend, and once we prove to ourselves that the 4 Reds are roosters, they too, will have to go...
|Cuckoo Maran rooster|
|Rhode Island Red rooster|
|Cuckoo Maran egg in upper left of basket broke in nestbox - first Cuckoo egg!!|
I always take my favorite hen, Lucy, out to scratch for worms outside the chicken pen. Lucy is so sweet and works so well with me when we look for worms, and she comes to me when called, she never runs. If I don't watch her, Lucy tends to sneak out of the chicken pen when I leave the gate open. She'll push the gate open if it's pulled closed but not locked. But she doesn't run away, she just walks a couple feet and stops and scratches for worms. She would be fine living separate from all the other chickens, she's very independent.
And that's all from the chickens today!
Have a nice day!