Friday evening our friend Sarah gave us a handsome young blue Ameraucana dubbed Blue Jr. He is young enough that he hasn't started to crow yet, but he does fluff up like he is thinking about it and he is trying out his mating dance with the hens who ignore him or scamper away. We are looking forward to hearing his adult crow and are really hoping that he will turn out to have a melodic five note crow. (Not all roosters do, some only have a screechy 3-4 note crow.)
Our previous two roosters were respectful of people and protective of their hens, although Shrek rode them a little too hard. Hopefully JR will develop into a respectful protector of his harem.
Last week we sold all our old hens and roosters with the thought that we would borrow my dad's incubator and hatch out replacement chicks. But it didn't take long for us to decide that we missed the pastured eggs way too much to wait that long.
So yesterday we brought home eight new pullets ranging in age from 9-14 weeks old. Three of the breeds are new to us and we are looking forward to seeing the variety of color.
Bekah is holding one of the two Delawares and we also got two Speckled Sussex, one Golden Laced Wyandotte and three Ameraucana/Golden Laced Wyandotte crosses. We have had the Ameraucana's previously and always get a kick out of their green & blue eggs.
The Golden Lace bunch were all hatched and raised by banty hens so I'm hoping that will be a factor in getting broody hens that will raise a flock of chicks. That way we can raise replacement hens, and Bekah is "just dying to see a Momma hen and her babies."
Hopefully in a couple of months we will be back to getting those wonderful tasty eggs from pastured hens again!