10 September 2012
the Posie Poultry Report
Greetings Poultry Lovers,
Strike up the banjoes . . . it's a chicken & duck update. Thanks to chicken loving families at school, i've spread more hens i inherited from a friend around. My husband came home from Afghanistan to find a flock of 16 chickens & 3 ducks living down our side passage, it had to be thinned out & naturally that happened as cute chicks grew into Roosters, like Viola/ Violo, who is now living on a farm with 13 hens, hello ladies!!
Our beautiful, friendly, tame, raised-from-eggs Khaki Campbell ducks grew a little too noisey for suburbia & our very patient/ tolerant/ deaf neighbours never complained, however, they are moving soon & we can't trust the next family will be so nice . . . so when my sister said she'd LOVE our ducks to join her flock on her property in Bowral, we said our goodbyes this morning & farewelled Calliope . . .
Bongo . . .
& Bugle (the drake) who we can visit in the school holidays. My sister hadn't told her 3 duck loving children they were picking them up (on their way home from the snow) so they almost burst when she said they were coming home. They will be loved & we will take them or their offspring to our farm in the future.
As we continue our faux farming journey, we're experimenting with new chicken breeds to see which ones we want on the farm. On the weekend we picked up Saxophone the American Wyandotte from the Farmer's Market, she likes to nest up on the hay in the cool . . .
& Harp the Araucana, known as the 'Easter Chicken' from Chile - as they lay coloured eggs. I can't help but admit, i wanted her for her blue, green & lavender eggs, i'm shallow. She has the most amazing emerald feathers when the sunlight hits them. They are both 30 weeks old & ready to lay.
So that is where we're at, confident we have another rooster in Piccolo, sob, & we've ordered two ISA Brown chickens (excellent layers) as the decline in eggs with hens leaving, isn't enough for our family & i refuse to buy eggs. Chickens have just been the most fun & success - consider keeping them in your backyard. Fear not, our German Shepherd is still walked daily & loved to pieces too. I don't think we'll do any more chicks until the farm, too heart breaking when they grow into roosters, crowing is not allowed in suburbia. Yeehaw, love Posie