7 thoughts on “Renovations in the Backyard

  1. I love how you managed to capture movement in that obviously mobile comb! 😉 Our kingpin “The Big Yin” has a rose comb and so doesn’t manage to illicit that degree of wafting in the breeze but he can certainly hightail it out of there if you are chasing him 😉

    • What breed is he? The Anconas have very dominant combs and definitely ads to their overall charm. Our main man “Alvin” knows how to flip the comb around to attract maximum attention – not only to the feeder of good food, but also the girls

      • “Hey baby!” 😉 Out flock are predominately Wyandotte and have rose combs that are close to their heads. They are big meaty birds that lay right through winter. We didn’t intend to buy them we just “got them” when we picked up 8 “hens” (and The Big Yin was one of them 😦 ) from some poor desperate saps home who was trying to offload rooster chicks on unwary fools (that would be us 😦 ). I note that she has given up entirely and that there are marauding flocks of chooks with a rooster at every cluster groups helm now as we pass her place. Hard to feel sorry for her when our own exponentially increasing flock came from her nefarious inclusion of a rooster in our little original pack ;). I love the look of your Anconas. Gorgeous things. We have a couple of Barred Plymouth Rocks in our flock and one gorgeous rooster. Pity he is going to bite the dust soon but still…they are lovely to look at 🙂

        • The Anconas are a bit temperamental and needs to be handled as such. I have sold three pullets to a friend but after this experience, I think he does not count me as a friend anymore. These were reared with my other birds and had human contact and free ranged every day. Once landed at his place – these were his first, and I think last chickens he has ever had – he put them in a small coop and according to him spoke to them in a soft voice, gave them good food and treats every day, for three days, where after he opened them and they were off. Apparently he has not been able to get within a 100 yards of them since. They now haunt the neighborhood cause havoc and destroy gardens at will within a radius of a couple of kilometers – sleep in and destroy fruit trees and poop allover. Various organised hunting expeditions by a groups of people were unsuccessful and they are still at large after three months. He now also claims that in an attempt to catch them he puts out food in the coop and the Anconas apparently sneak in at night, when he is in bed, and eat the food. I shall have to sell him something else next time!

          • I doubt that your “friend” is going to want anything that you sell him after the stealth chooks! They sound even worse than my Wyandottes! Mine took over our 4 acre property and went about repopulating the earth in a major way. They then moved back to the main area around the house whereby they attempted to dig around every single ornamental plant and kill it. After that they dug HUGE dust baths that turned the now dead planted areas into something akin to the California dust bowls of the 30’s and when I couldn’t count them any more we had to get serious. We had a quoll take out 4 of the mother hens in a week and it forced us (out from hiding under the bed) into action and we corralled them in the outside enclosure in the day time and into the coop with a concrete floor at night. The quoll has moved on but we have left the majority of the chooks in the enclosure. 3 roosters regularly jump out with one small, most determined hen. I also let The Big Yin and 4 of his girls and our sole duck out each day as they don’t do much damage and it makes for a better dynamic in the enclosed coop where we have a couple of young roosters. I just worked out that we spend $163 on chook food a month and as only 1 chook has been laying, and we have been getting just on 2 dozen eggs a month that we have the MOST expensive eggs here on Serendipity Farm in the world. I am about to contact the Guinness World Book of Records to see if we can’t get an entry as such (right after saffron and truffles in the “food” section…).

            I feel a sense of elation reading about those survivor chooks of yours. It’s sort of like reading about that movie “Predator” except the protagonist is a small but most determined flock of chooks 😉

            • The eggs may be expensive, but I am sure they are delicious and full of all the good stuff. Most likely the situation would improve as it would be difficult not to. I am also glad to hear that I am not the only one with deranged and out of control poultry. You have to move on the young roosters faster than the Quolls

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