Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm
Great shot - and great run! I love your set up from what I see!
Oh, Robin is so lovely!!!! She's Momma to my Dumbledore, so I'm a little biased. Dumbledore (Robin x Ice, if I recall correctly) has been an AMAZING flock cockerel so far - very sweet, protective, and polite with the three girls. I couldn't be happier with him, not only his lovely looks but also his attitude and behavior. He's only... what, 6 or 7 months old? But he's the oldest boy out there, and I'm letting the CL mini-flock range in a large paddock all day unsupervised (as well as the 12-week-old Naked Necks and the 12-week-old freezer-bound frat boy New Hampshires). Large predators are excluded, but aerial ones are around, and I feel so much more secure at work knowing he's out there with them all, ready to sound the alarm, and if all three of his pullets aren't foraging together, he goes back and forth between them to make sure they're supervised - he takes his job very seriously.
He has a very musical crow, only in mornings at sun-up and the occasional afternoon when the mood strikes him, and he's been giving "singing lessons" from afar to my largest and only crowing Naked Neck, Mr. Smith (half his age, almost twice his weight, VERY intimidating boy! He wins staring contests with me!) - I wake up to this hysterical "call-and-response" between Dumbledore's lovely song and a strangled kazoo sound - but Mr. Smith is getting better (under Dumbledore's tutelage - "No, it's like THIS..."). We've talked about this before, and this is only an "n" of one, but I have been SO happy with him as the leader of this little flock - so glad he didn't end up in the freezer!!!
- Ant Farm
Edit to add for interest a photo of Mr. Smith, aka Bane, on patrol - I think Dumbledore is teaching how to protect a flock from across the fence line. He's heterozygous for the naked gene, which is why he has such a big muff in front. His rose comb (not standard, probably due to a cross) makes him look especially menacing, but despite being twice the weight of the pullets in with them, he's very restrained. Weighed him yesterday - like picking up a bowling ball...)