Hi, Melabella! Unfortunately, we had to find a new home for him. We ended up, over a matter of a few weeks last winter, all of a sudden losing almost a chicken a day to predation. We had to lock everyone up to keep them safe and we already had 3 roosters in the established flock, and in confinement rather than their usual free range, there was no way we could keep new cockerels in there with them. We were luckily able to find a home for him and one other boy - we still have 2 hens from that hatch, but 5 boys and 4 girls got taken. Terrible! Hoping this winter is better! Now, how about that gorgeous Nero?
Hi Alpine, and THeel,
Thanks for the interest in Nero! It's been a long year of hatching and trying to build up two, hopefully three solid breeding flocks. If it was just a matter of hatching and growing them out, and using them all it would be easy. Trying to stay within the guidelines of the gene bank, and my own interpretation of what is a solid breeding candidate is challenging! Nero truly hasn't had a nice flock of girls yet, but this winter he is being set up with all new unrelated girls, and hopefully I will get to see what he really can do.. I do have 6 wonderful black based girls that are to die for that he has sired. Lovely flowering on them. He lost his comb points to frostbite getting stuck outside in an ice storm when I was away all day, and he stayed out looking for a loner hen who had strayed. He was the only one of the flock that got frostbite. He is still handsome as heck tho, even if he looks like he's been scalped! I am going to post some pictures from my IPad after this post. I also have another promising young cockerel from GFF latest import that I will be using for diversity. I have a third cockerel too, but not sure he will be making the cut. I have my last hatch in the incubator due to hatch Dec. 14th, and then I am locking the incubators away until spring!
Alpine, loving the look of those chicks. Please post as they grow, I love to see how they will feather out. THeel.. so sorry to hear about the predator issues. I so hate losing them that way. I lost 6 beautiful girls this summer who had just come to Point of Lay due to me forgetting to close the coop door. I still beat myself up over that one!
Ok, going to post the pictures, and Happy Holidays to all! Hope you have a peaceful, loving time with your families, and friends.