And his name is
He is from the Ag Flock, donated by Stromberg's
Hatchery. This year we were given all standard cochins, and
there were five cockerels with the flock.
Five different colorways, black, splash, buff, blue and partridge.
He had never been on grass before yesterday, and it was comical
to see him jump up and down and lift his feet up high for the first five minutes.
He latched onto Big Fluffy Head and followed her around most of the day. He still will not come up on the deck.
You know... like this.
It will come, I'm sure.
He went right in with the hens last night and tonight, thank heavens,
because I was afraid I was going to have to catch him in the hen yard and carry him in.
My original plan was to bring several cockerels here, but that is not going to happen. One is enough.
This is the pitiful take from 17 hens last night.
Tonight, I got two more. Yes, they are moulting... but...
they WERE also laying in two dog houses on the side of the house. I suspect now some
are laying UNDER the deck at the front of the house, because I hear their egg laying song
Very frustrating, but.... since they free range all day, I am hardly having to buy any
pellets for them. That will change in the next month or so. I do give them "Chicken Delight" (along with their pellets) from
Valley Feed in Bonner Springs, Kansas... but I also don't go through much of that, either.
Before, Lilly would kill a chicken who got too close to her. I had chickens free-ranging in the pasture, but none in the yard, ever. She has mellowed out... sometimes she will toss her head at one, but generally, leaves them alone, even when they are near her.
She does not like the kitten, though, and that is worrisome.
Jean suggested I call her Twinkle, and I love that name. I am
waiting to see what the vet says on Monday when she goes back.
We are struggling with nasal discharge right now, and I want to be sure
she is going to be healthy.
Thank you all for your wonderful comments last night, I can't guarantee I will post
EVERY day, but I'll sure try!