Checking in with a progress report of my chickens. I still have the given number with the esception of one minor detail. I have now raised up several of the male persuasion. This annoys the **** out of me because I distnctly bought (and paid the premium for) PULLETS (100% guyaranteed pullets).
I went to the agent from whom I bought em and started complaining. I was not being treated with courtesy and respect. I was given a large host of **** about "we dont guarantee the sex of chickens". I , alas have no proof that they had a bigass sign that stated otherwise. It was a scam/ I now have two useless and rather annoying Auracan Roosters. I want to invite them to Sunday dinner but my wife is like this ST Frances of Assissi bitch, so, unless I find some idiot who will accept these roosters as gifts, Im afraid I will have to live with them. They are already divvying up the girls into his and hisn sub froups.
Ive almost got this AMish kid to take em with the idea that they will impregnate whatever chickens they have and will produce "Easter EGg" chickens.
I have to admit, these roosters are rather handsome. They have small combs, small but showy tails , and big facial tufts that give them a comical quizzical look. As far as chickens (and roosters) go, these guys are calm and dont run off scared of anything that aint chicken. Theyve taken to sleeping on the backs of the sheep when they are in the barn, and they lunch with the sheep and eat the sheep corn and oays and molasses mix . They stand right on the edge of each feed bin and "line up" like the sheep. I havent been able to get a really good picture yet. I need some tips on getting closer(the sheep will scatter when they see a camera)
AS far as free ranging. They have a large 6 avre paddock, several small pastures and two really huge pastures to roam at will. They follow the sheep or the steers into the field and theres a guinea cock and hen that join them . The guineas are like a fire alarm, anybody comes near who isnt recognized by the guineas, they go absolutely bug **** nuts and the male makes this noise that sounds like a very loud version of fingernails on a blackboard. SO, the only reason that the Auracanas will break formation Ive noticed, is when it is time for one of them to lay an egg, then they all gather up like a bunch of Hassidem rabbis and all head for the barn until the one or two lay their eggs. (They are just beginning to lay eggs so its all new to them).
I imagine , as they all start laying,that they will accompany each other back to the brooder boxes for daily egg laying time (occurs usually around 6 to 9 AM). Where all all the chickens , after laying, compare notes about the eggs just laid, condition, size, and overall quality, and jsut as quickly, return to the pastures .