Sunday, March 22, 2009

free roosters!

A spring snow is falling outside, and the usual crew of birds is avoiding the weather by making a jungle gym out of the hay stacked on the porch. The roosters and some of their lady friends are perched in a Jenga-like fashion on the tottering bales. The poultry here is in rare form. Now that the snow is nearly gone they are back to ganging around the neighborhood, crashing crow and dove parties in the neighbors' yards and hootin' and hollering around the hollow like they own it.

But there are just too many roosters... I lost two more biddies yesterday. Two fat red hens closed their eyes for the last time and having lost three layers (over 600 eggs between them in a year) It'll be time to replace them soon. Since I don't want to add to the flock (14-16 is a good number of chickens for me) I would like to also add more layers and replace all these boys running around. With only ten hens left, and four roosters between them, the girls are flushed. They need less sexual congress in their lives, and more time on their nest boxes. I think the neighborhood could use a quieter morning too.

So if you want a beautiful, hand raised, friendly, muscial rooster. Come pick one up. I'm keeping just one.

P.S. Saro's egg is a bust. I removed it today. However, she is sitting on one of Sam's eggs right now instead, which the hen ever so slyly laid while Saro was out getting feed. Kind of a deadbeat mom thing to do, but hell, it's a chicken. So maybe Saro will hatch a chick instead of a gosling?! Stay tuned!

7 Comments:

Blogger Rebecca said...

A heavy spring snow is about to fall here in Park City as well...if I lived closer, I'd take one of those rooster off your hands. Good luck!

March 22, 2009 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger spinyurchin said...

If it hatches, Saro will be so confused! :)

March 22, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Think of it as adoption :)

March 22, 2009 at 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Annie said...

We just got rid of one of our two roosters, too. We had 11 hens and 2 roos, which is apparently 1 roo too many, despite what the books say. Neither had any tail feathers at all, and Crazy Millard was afraid to come out of the henhouse cuz Doc would beat the crap out of him when he did. Doc and 2 hens went to the neighbors this morning and it's a much more peaceful place here this evening.

March 22, 2009 at 10:35 PM  
Anonymous wyndwalkr said...

What did your hens die of? I thought your bunch was pretty young, and they certainly got the best of care.

I didn't lose any this winter here in cold Wisconsin. But I don't have a single rooster. Maybe all the sexual harassment is hard on a hen's health! :o :) :D

March 24, 2009 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

were do u live may i also have ur number conserning ur roosters

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