Besides taking photos of lots of cute 'kids' at the Fur and Feathers sale over the weekend,
I also came home with some new additions to the Rural Roost.
These two chicks, guaranteed to be future pullets, are a breed called Harco. I've never heard of this breed and I couldn't find much out about them as I quickly googled them on the spot, but I was keen on the idea of bringing home some guaranteed layers. They're quite docile, and don't mind being held, so long as they can perch on you with their wings free. I'm curious to see them grow and watch how they change into hens.
From left to right, the breeds in this photo are Cochin, two Ameraucana, two white Chantecler and a Barred Rock.
I had no intention of bringing home a Cochin, but the more I've read about them, I'm glad I did, as they're considered one of the most docile breeds. For those of you familiar with Ameraucana you'll know why I'm hoping these are both females. For those who don't, Mom, just think of Dr Seuss and Green Eggs and Ham. Neither the Artist or I could turn down raising white Chanteclers, the original version of our Partridge gang. And lastly, the Barred Rock. I purchased her from a different vendor and it turns out she had a bad case of pasting. We're keeping a close eye on her, and lesson learned....always check chicken bums at time of purchase. I had hoped to pick up more Barred Rocks as I've been so impressed with the egg laying capacity and sweet temperament of our own bantam version.
And speaking of our banty hen, she's grown a twin. Ha! Not quite, but it broke our hearts to see our Pippy Shortbottom lose her brother and sisters last summer. We've talked all winter about how nice it would be for to have someone her own size to hang out with. She has fared fine, despite our concern; Eli took her under his wing and she has been quite content to stay near him, so long as he isn't gallivanting off to the cornfield for the afternoon or doing things that, ahem, roosters do. Nonetheless when we looked down to see her twin right before us, we knew we had to bring her home. She's just a few months younger than Pippy, this girl the Twins named Squeak to go with our Pip, and as I closed up the roost her second night home, I found her nestled in Pippy's favourite nighttime perch, with Pip right at her side.
And while I love all our chicks, young and old, it's this trio that has me all giddy. I wanted to bring home one, the Artist thought two would be better, and these three were all that were left. I think there's plenty of room in our pond for three!
My mom, never one to miss a trick, noticed the duckling photo in my header on Monday. By late morning, I received an email titled 'Quackers?' Inside read, "Did you get a duckling!!!???!!!" Even in my forties, I still can't pass the wool over my mom's eyes. Yes, Mom, three bags full, of Rouen ducklings. The perfect addition to our little farm.
~Be well friends
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