Right now I have a New Hampshire (German Line-came from kathyinmo four years ago and my neighbor got all of them except two hens-I got eggs back in May for broody hens to hatch) cockerel who will be one in May. I have two GNH pullets hatched at the same time as the cockerel (who is in isolation) and two four year old GNH hens, the originals I kept from the group Kathy sent me.
I have 17 Icelandics adults,
10 Icelandic chicks hatched Easter weekend and
eggs under broodies, yet to be determined
....so 5 German Line New Hampshires and 27 Icelandics
= 32 +- eggs under broodies here.
While working in the yard today, I had a chance to listen to the flock doing their day to day things. I love hearing how Audun and Jökull work together to keep everyone safe. The mommas were busy teaching their chicks all about dusting, scratching in flower beds (bad momma) and where to find the "common" waterer.
I did have to "school" Jökull last evening. All the main flock was up on the roosts and Jóka and her chicks entered the coop to go to the broody coop. Jökull got off the roost and was trying to breed the broody who was all about protecting her chicks and the chicks were peeping frantically. I ran him out of the coop and wouldn't let him back in until both broodies with their chicks were "tucked in" for the night. He gave me wide berth this morning and if I heard a hen "disagreeing" with his advances (and Audun wasn't around to set him straight) I "tsked" at him and he gave ground to me. He is basically a good guy but he isn't quite a year old and it is his first spring. I hope he learns everything his father can teach him about being a great flock leader. Love me some Audun!!