Wow! Commit to a fence, commit to more poultry, or at least that’s what it seems like this year.
Could YOU resist?
In one bold move on Wednesday, we doubled our egg-laying population. Yep. We should Just Say No to the feed store but as you know it’s hard. We came home with four more chicks, seen left to right: one Silver-laced Wyandotte, two Buff Orpingtons, and one Black Sex-link (which is a Barred Rock/Rhode Island Red cross).
Note how big their eyes are in their heads, and how their tails point up and their wings down. This, as well as their tiny size, are bantam traits.
The bantam chicks are (thankfully) getting kind of big, or, well, bigger. They’re due to join up with the Big Girls soon (our 7 laying hens and 3 guinea hens) as, well, our meat and egg bird order shows up on the first week of June. It would appear that the three black-ish ones are not Ameraucana bantams but instead are Golden Sebrights. The white one, my daughter’s personal favorite, is still a mystery as to what variety s/he is; and the little buff colored one in the center is a feather-footed creature who is quite fast, so I have been calling him/her Mercury. This one is probably a Cochin.
Tom’s rationale for getting four more birds went as follows: “Well, the bantams are only half-sized.”
My rationale for the bantams was that they’re good setters. However we have no idea what sex they are: we certainly don’t need five banny roosters.
But, yeah: crazy. If all goes according to The Grand Chicken Plan, we’ll go into the fall with 7 old egglayers, 3 relatively worthless guineas, 12 new egg-laying pullets, 5 bantams, and 2 egg-bird roosters. Thirty-eight meat birds are destined for the freezer. And Chicken Patty will finally get her man: we’ll keep one of the meat roosters as well as one red broiler pullet. Thirty-one chickens!