Out of 13 eggs we had 2 hatch yesterday (day 21). The little black one is a cross between the Barred Rock hen and Buff Orphington Roo, and the light one is from either a RIR hen or our red Sex-Linked. We added them in with the lot of 10 serama bantam chicks I got from my uncle and they’re doing just fine. I know this is a lot of chickens but they’re all straight run and some of the hens are going to my cousin down the road along with a couple of they layers that we have now. We’re planning to keep our flock between 6-8 (with 3 serama bantams counting as one full-sized hen for space purposes.) We will update if any more hatch, but it’s looking like just these two.
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This morning Willie-blue, the second largest silkie chicken, let out a crow while I stood in the coop calmly waiting. He got to spend his last day in the other pen munching on fresh greens and bugs while the girls remained on their pecked-down-to-nothing side of the pen. Beanie and her Daddy watched a few youtube videos about how to best kill a chicken and talked about the circle of life. She (opposite of how I thought she was going to react) was right there with Daddy every step of the process.
UPDATE: He wasn’t the only one!!!! There was another crow from the coop today! Booo!!!
Looks like Wed is going to be the day…My hubby works until then and the crowing was loud enough to wake me up this morning. So Tuesday is mission figure out which grey silkie is the roo. I think I may troll craigslist for people trying to get rid of roosters and off a few instead of setting up a whole roo-killing operation for my one little almost-big-enough-for-a-pot little boy. He’s a nice enough boy, isn’t mean to anybody. But we never wanted a rooster. And we do enjoy a good chicken dinner…even if it isn’t “Dinner”.
Most chickens look like the ones we find in grocery stores, but not Silkies. They’ve got black skin…and guess who is practicing his pathetic crow on a daily basis?
He had always been the biggest of our three Silkies so I can’t say that I’m surprised. What I’m still trying to figure out is if he is the only one. One of our Barred Rocks is a bit bigger than the other and (s)he has a slightly bigger comb than the other one. The rest of the girls(?) are doing really well. Here are some shots I took yesterday. Sorry for the lull in posting but it’s summer and I have three kids.
Now I suppose it’s just a waiting game to see if there are more crows before our backyard turns into a mobile slaughter house.
We left town for a week and headed out to MN for a family reunion and my cousin kept an eye on the girls while we were gone… He said he heard a crow…but he doesn’t know who. The mystery is on. Photos to follow, prob. not tomorrow with the 4th of July, but for sure on the 5th!!