Goodbye Roosters!

April 6, 2010

We had a bunch of roosters running around here by the end of last summer.  We’ve been gradually gathering them up and putting them in a pen by themselves.  Our method is to wait until they go to roost at night, then I shine a light in their eyes to kind of blind them while The Farmer sneaks up and grabs them by the legs.

This works if he gets the legs.  It’s not so good if he misses and gets feathers.  We have a couple of bob-tailed roosters running around from the latest round-up. . . all those tail feathers just came off in his hands.

I advertised and had a guy come to pick up the roosters this past Saturday morning.  He wanted 12.  We had more than 12 in the pen.  But then we noticed one of them wasn’t a rooster.  Yikes!  It is not good to be the only hen in a pen full of roosters!

However, in the process of trying to catch her and let her out, one of the roosters darted past us both on his way to freedom.  sigh. . .

Well, there were still 12 roosters left.  When the guy came The Farmer went in the pen and started catching the roosters, handing them to me, and then I chunked them in the cage.  The guy was supposed to slap the lid shut.  The first one he didn’t do fast enough and the rooster flew out.

And now there were 11. . .

We finally got those 11 caught and in the cage.

Two farmers looking over a bunch of roosters.

Two Farmer surveying their handiwork.

After admiring our peafowl and other critters, the other farmer headed out with his cage full of 12-1=11 roosters.

Red roosters and white roosters ready to leave in a cage.

11 roosters ready to depart

I was not sorry to see them go.  They were pretty, but other than being ornamental, they were a nuisance.  Too much testosterone of the farm.

Good-bye Roosters!

There’s still half a dozen here, so maybe this weekend we’ll do another rooster round-up!

Rooster Take-Off

April 5, 2010

I looked out this morning to see one of the roosters getting ready to jump from the top of a gate. . .

Reddish gold rooster jumping off gate.

"Ready, set, go!"

Usually they run through a hole in the fence, but the roosters like to sit up on the gates to crow.  That means eventually it’s time to jump off!

Guinea Fowl Bird Feeder

April 1, 2010

The chickens and guineas like to gather under the wild bird feeders because some of the little birds knock a lot of seed out. The house sparrows are especially bad at throwing out a bunch of seed when they’re getting something to eat.

Once in a while both the chickens and guineas are there, but more often they take turns.  Sometimes it’s the chickens. . .

Roosters and hens under bird feeder.

"It's manna from heaven!"

And sometimes it’s the guineas.

And sometimes one of the guineas gets impatient, and wants more seed RIGHT NOW!!!  So he takes matters into his own … wings?  beak?
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If the seed isn’t falling fast enough, I guess you give the feeder a little bump and it spills out quicker.  Seed on demand as it were.

There’s always one smart aleck in the bunch.

Fowl Spring

March 5, 2010

It’s March and even when the weather doesn’t cooperate, the fowl – both wild and domestic, think it’s spring time.

I see wild birds out courting and building nests.  A pair of bluebirds were rummaging around in the old garden area looking for nesting materials.

bluebirds

See anything you like?

One of the local cardinal girls tried to give them some advice.

Eastern Bluebirds (Sialia sialis) and female Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

"Are you looking for good building materials?"

Then one of the cardinal dudes decided to help them out.

Pair of bluebirds and male cardinal.

"Okay kids, here's the best way to gather materials."

Evidently he was a little too pushy, because the female bluebird decided to just up and leave.

Pair of bluebirds with cardinal.

"That's it!..I've heard enough."

She eventually came back in time for one of the roosters to wander by and check out what they were doing.

Rooster and bluebirds.

"Well, they haven't got anything to crow about!"

And speaking of nothing to crow about. . . since the days are getting longer, another fowl fact is we’re starting to get more eggs.  This morning I was making some scrambled eggs and used up the last two store-bought eggs.  (EGG-LAND’S BEST!  ALL NATURAL!)

Store eggs vs. farm eggs

Mass produced eggs are a pale imitation of REAL free range eggs.

Well, they may be Egg-land’s best, but those mass produced type of eggs don’t compare with our little farm’s truly free-ranging chicken eggs.  Look at the difference in color between the store-bought eggs, and the rich color of an egg from one of our chickens.

Yep, those store eggs are just a pale imitation.

Rooster Fight

February 26, 2010

Most of our roosters are penned up by themselves and in need of a new home. (Anybody want some?) Some younger ones have grown up and need to go in the rooster pen, leaving just the old Polish Silver Laced Rooster and a white mutt rooster.

Every once in a while, they decide to have a little fight. It usually doesn’t last long.

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But as you can hear, the guineas egg them on, hoping for a bigger fight!

Then before you know it, they’re done and just scratching on the ground, looking around for something else to eat.

White rooster and Polish silver laced rooster

Boys will be boys, and roosters will be roosters.