In middle of Feb. I went to a poultry auction and bought a 1/2 R.I.R and 1/2 Americauna rooster.
He was pretty young, but not a chick. He's been a nice addition to my flock and seems to get along fairly well with some other younger chicks I put together in the same pen. He's a nice red and looks just like the R.I.R's all look, except he has a fuzz-face like the Americaunas. So we just call him Fuzz-Face the rooster.
Today I just happened to check in the nesting box in that pen...which nobody is old enough to use yet,
or so I thought. I found the prettiest green-blue egg !!!!!!! You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that Fuzz-Face The Rooster...is now Miss Fuzzie The Hen. I am delighted, I never dreamed I had a hen. That just made my day. (Bet the fellow who sold him didn't know either, as he said all the ones he brought to sell at auction were roosters he just wanted to get rid of.) hehe, lucky me.
You lucked out, PeggieK! I thought one of my Australorp/Wyandotte mixes was a hen because 'she' looked so different from her brother, who was all rooster. I called her "hickedy pickedy" -- she was all black. Well, they were both roosters: one had the build and comb of an Australorp, one that of a Wyandotte.
Both were notorious hen-beaters, and have since retired to the stew pot.
Yippee, even a blind squirrel finds a nut once-in-a-while ! :-D
One thing that concerns me, is that she's in with a bunch of young chicks that are still on chick-starter feed. So she's not getting the egg layer feed that she should have. If I put it in there, the youngsters will eat it all up...there are 9 of them, one of her. I don't feel that it is really a problem healthwise per sey...as the starter is nutricious enough. But I think it has some antibiotic in it for the chicks, and I don't know if it would be so good to eat her eggs if she's eating it. The youngsters are about 2 weeks away from switching over to layer feed.
i do! if you have something similar to a rabbit feeder, that you could hang so they don't spill it, she can free feed on the oyster shell. i read you can even crush up your own sea shells. that way you don't have to go to town and buy a whole bag till the others are ready for it...
i guess my pont was [we cross posted agian], if it is hanging separately, they only eat it on an as need basis. the only way i can see it hurting the others, would be if it caused them to cut back on their other grower feed. if they have good sense, and most birds do, they won't start eating it till they need it...
Anyone have bantams? or can tell me about them? I live in a very cold climate, and should I be able to build a place for them, will it be too cold here. Zone 4 anyway, very northern NY. miss chickens. but, rent, so a bunch would definitely be no-go! LOL! a couple of bantams I might be able to get away with! BAM
Oh, my gosh, bam, I was going to start a Bantam thread. I have Bantams and adore them. I have Bard Rocks and RIR too, but we all prefer the banties - three are black and white, short fat, no legs, they are right on the ground, and one, Little Hen, is a 'wild' bantie, can fly, is streamlined, but small, light gray, with darker shading and more leg than the black and white banties, I've totally forgotten what kind they are. I too would like to know which other banties would be fun and friendly. I have six hens ordered but I can have what ever 'brand' I like, I do know I will get two more 'wild' ones. Little Hen is very smart and can take care of her self and is the queen of the chicken yard...
We like banties better because they do less damage to the yarden. They still scratch in the dirt but being smaller limits the amount of the damage they do.
We have had the Americanas, Millie Fleurs, White Silkies, Golden Seabrights, Japanese Black Tailed, Cornish, and some others I don't remember the names of anymore. I got several new hens last year from a breeder just to get some new blood in the flock. All of ours were so interbred that everyone was related to everyone else in some way. That is a big problem when you have a lot of roosters and they are all related to most or all of the hens. All of our roosters need to go for that reason. You do get some interesting looking chickens tho when they interbreed that way. I think my next roosters will be a Mille Fleur and a White Japanese Silkie.
TY all, but you are all in warmer climates.It is brutal here in the winter. That is my main concern. How would they take the winter? It would just be so great to have a couple of chickens around. We had a pair of bantams in Nova Scotia, but something got the hen, so we put the rooster in with the regular hens. He thought he had died and gone to Heaven! Thought that was his harem of large concubines! So funny to watch him strut his stuff!
Oh, and a funny story. We got out hens in winter, so the first spring, my husband came in and said something was wrong with the chickens. They were having fits. I ran up to the henyard, and laughed until I cried. He was from the city, and did not recognize the spring dirt baths when he saw them! One of my funniest memories! BAM
TameraFaye, what's the name of that Canadian livestock conservancy group, the one like ALBC? They should have a list of what breeds traditionally do well. The Chantecler, maybe. I'll look into it. You definitely want one with a comb close to the head.
Bam, dirt baths kill me. I could watch the little nuts forever.
The breed is noted for having nearly no wattles and a small cushion comb – the comb appearing much like a small round button sitting low on the head. The small comb and wattles allow this breed to withstand the cold Canadian winters without worry of frostbite. Not surprisingly, the breed is noted for being very hardy, is an excellent layer of brown eggs with a reputation as a good winter layer, and has a broad well-fleshed breast.
The Chantecler can still be found in both of its original colors, White and Partridge; both having yellow flesh and legs. It is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a productive fowl that will excel in a wintry climate. The breed is noted for being calm, gentle, and personable.
i almost got a moment last night! i promise i keep taking pictures. they are 7 days old today, and i am redoing the box brooders, when i get back from the hsardware store with my extra lights. then i will take more pictures, run to Amarillo to get more chick feed. So, look for me to start a thread, oh, around midnight tonight LOL
Lucky you PeggyK.
Thanks for the info Tamara. My small town daughter, moved to the country, is getting her first Chantecler chicks in April. I can't wait for the brown eggs. They cost more in the stores if you can believe it. Bantys are my favorite chicken and I hope she gets one someday.