Monday, July 25, 2011

Chicken Clucks

My friend sent me this photo from a chicken keeper in Slovenia!

Two days ago I posted an add on Craig'slist to sell our two Silkie roosters that were supposed to be hens.  I saw their combs growing about a month ago.  They started stalking the smaller hens.  About a week ago I heard their pitiful attempts at crowing.  Silkies have funny crows to start with. One rooster is the non neurotypical guy, "Bobbles" who has Tourettes ticks, and petit mal seizures.  I have a soft spot in my heart for him.  He beat all the odds of being pecked by the bigger and stronger birds.  I would keep him if I can just sell the other.  Our dog Buddy howls now when he hears them crow. What a symphony!
"Little Missy" a buff cochin banty hops on my lap and coos when I pet her.

Puberty has hit my flock with a vengeance.  The one normal Silkie rooster is trying to hop on the big hens.  They are so much larger, that they just turn their heads backward and pick him off like a bug. :-)
The smaller hens and babies run every time they see him coming.  The combs and waddles are turning from pale pink to red.  Their under belly where the eggs come from are beginning to soften on some.  That means it's time to get those nesting boxes ready, and the final coop made. The other tell tale sound is a "bagawk" call hens make letting the world know they are laying an egg.  There are lots of those...but no eggs yet. Keep your fingers crossed I get an email from someone who wants to broaden their flock...
Morning "mash" of leftover veggies, crackers, and milk.
They looooove my set chair!

Thanks for reading. Each day is a gift. Open now.
Granny Smith apples on our tree.


  1. Fingers crossed for your winged pets :)

  2. You do have real entertainment there, and each day is indeed a gift! : )

  3. We have found a home for one rooster! Yay.

  4. Haha, cute pic ♥ I wanna make clothes for my chickens ;D

    Ohmygosh- ours haven't started crowing yet (I think it's because we have like 11 roosters, so there is obviously the dominant of them all! His name’s Zinny and is really a big baby ;)... I can’t wait for the silkies to try ;)
    Also... ours have started trying to jump the hens too... it's pretty hilarious when they girls turn on them ;D Haha, keeps them [kinda] in place!

    Ohmygosh! I know what you mean about the "bagawk"ing! Haha, they're doing it right now ;D They must do it like 20 times a day!! It's ridiculous! Although, I don't think they only do it while having eggs... because we DON'T end up with 20 eggs a day! ;)

    Aww, they're so cute crowded around the dish :) yeah- every week we buy a water melon to eat, and feed the chicks the rinds every night! They LOVE it! And any corn left over, or cantaloupe, bread, etc! They love it all ♥♥♥

    Jordan ♫