My pops has a nice little flock of production Rhode Island Red hens. They lay nice brown eggs, several which are beautifully speckled. They are who we are going to use as our brown egg mums. The RIR roosters had been absent since mid summer.
Recently, on the my local thread, a wonderful lady was giving away a pure bred Araucana Rooster.
Why, you ask?
Because (dun dun dun!) he had a TAIL!!!
The show standard in the US does not permit tails (the standards are actually missing a couple vertebrae if I remember correctly) so he must have been a throwback. However, he still was a BEAUTIFUL rooster and is a great breed for BLUE eggs.
The other half I needed!
He was however 2+ hours away. Too far. I was sad. AND THEN THE LADY SAID SHE WAS COMING MY WAY ANYWAY AND WOULD BRING HIM!
Lady luck must have been visiting me!
Buddy is young still (7ish months) and has been with the girls for almost 3 months now.
HOWEVER, my pops said his breakfast eggs had the fertile bullseyes, and he's seen buddy getting his groove on with the ladies.
So, I took a chance and set 8 eggs for the New Years Day Hatch-a-long.
Round one of the Green Egg experiment is on it's way!
I have high hopes for #4. It's dark and has LOTS of speckles.
Edited by venymae - 12/12/15 at 11:30pm