We’re busy preparing for a large season in the Spring and Summer! We’ve just ordered our Barred Plymouth Rock hens and the chicks are expected to arrive April 2nd. Garden planning has also begun and I expect a large garden and harvest with taking off last year to care for a baby. We hope to also have some landscaping done to include some large shade trees.
A few weeks ago we welcomed a few new members to our flock. Three Bantams and three Black Sex Link chicks. What I think we’ve ended up with is B.B. Red Old English Game Bantams – it appears two roosters and a hen. She is smaller and very different pattern from the other two so it’s honestly just process of elimination. The Black Sex Link chicks are a combination between Wyandotta and Rhode Island Red (according to TSC). They all appear to be hens (based on information I read about identifying white marks on their bodies). They are currently stinking up my laundry room and extremely skiddish. Like seriously, maybe it’s because we haven’t handeled them as much as our ISA Browns (hello three month old baby) or the breed? It was a spur of the moment decision to get Bantams because I didn’t know they laid small eggs or were small hens until I texted my husband what I got and he replied with “do Bantams lay eggs?” Oops. Next year we’ll just make sure to get more egg laying hens.
Our first batch of hens are a year old now and all are doing well. Gertie lives alone due to the fact she was attacked by our hound rescue Randy and nearly died. I spent a month tending to her in the CICU (aka our laundry room) and was unable to reintroduce her to the flock. She will (hopefully) be mama to our newcomers. Our Roo, D’artagnan (think three musketeers) is a real rooster – a jerk. We’re working on him. Last year he was given to us as a rescue because a co-worker had two roos and he was on the loosing end. He was so sweet and wanted to stay constantly on my arm but then he grew up. As soon as possible there will be updated pictures and pictures of the newcomers.