I've never had a mean barred rock. This guy is just mean to his fellow roosters. He runs like the wind from humans or anything else. He was broody raised so he's not as tame as my old rooster. I have one more boy I was saving for a breeder but put him in the rooster pen and he got beat up. If he recovers he will be my breeder back up and this other one will be soup. I like gentle birds that don't run from me.
It is awful out today. We had snow this morning and it wasn't supposed to snow down here. Winds are a steady 30mph with gusts up to 50. It is in the very least miserable out there. I had to go chase ducks in from the natural pond that forms in the corner of my farm ground. Got them all penned and then after catching 4 boys for my customer DH helped set up some panels so I could coral them all to the duck pen. It's really too small to keep them in there but I want them to get used to being there so they'll lay in the duck houses. I am getting about 20 bales of straw and will have bedding for them probably tomorrow. I have to get bedding in the duck houses, the peafowl, the geese, the mandarins, the nest boxes etc etc. Time to gear up for breeding season. I think I'm going to spend most of the day trying to stay inside and maybe cook and clean. Not that I enjoy that but I don't want to be out in that cold wind.
It amazes me how different the weather can be just across KS. :) It is windy here too, but the only snow we got is remnants from last week's big storm. It is blowing all over the place, causing renewed travel difficulties with snow re-drifting on roads. I wish it'd hurry up and melt before it has a chance to blow away. We need the moisture! Plus, we've got piles and drifts of snow all over the place that are really starting to get in the way! The weather is supposed to warm upl ater this week, and I really hope the snow melts quickly. I've got a hoop coop chicken coop to build and have a set deadline! My new chicks will be here March 9 or 10th!
My silly ducks/geese have been hiding out in their duck house. I had to chase them out of it this morning to convince them to go find some non-snowy ground to hang out in. Theyre making a huge mess of the duck house! I need to get out and clean it out this afternoon. It STINKS!