My last black split (50/50 English/American) was sold today, too. I almost feel like the last of the "chickening" is truly under control. He's going to be a pet for a little boy whose mommy has Silkies. His other brother got a lav, so now he needs his own Orp. I like it!
I have very little left, and am keeping most. I have two 100% English cockerels (black, but possibly split to lavender) who are free if you want them (at least your intention) for breeding. These are from Cogburn and my blue girls. Otherwise, they will be culled by Wednesday next week. I am keeping their sisters (black and blue), as well as one blue cockerel. Also keeping two lav boys (one of which is uber fluffy and I can't wait to see what that's all about!) and two lav girls--all of those are half English.
Next year, I will not be breeding black/lav splits except on demand. I'll have 1/4 and 1/2 English lavs next year, BBS (full English), chocolate cuckoo and chocolate (as well just "cuckoo" with black/white barring) (full English), and maybe even mauves. I might try to breed a few Jubilees. Still have three hens, so we'll see how it goes next year. I want to use my secondary Jubilee roo as my primary next year and am still looking for a home (at a reasonable price) for the widest-load Jubilee roo you ever saw.
And of course, there will be Bielefelders ready for lay in January or February hopefully.
OK, total birds for sale or give now or soon:
(1) Two 100% English cockerels that MAY carry lavender. Free to breeder home, $3 if you're going to eat them.
(2) One pet quality 100% English black pullet approaching nearly 4 months old. Sweet chick, but she forgot to read the SOP. Her dad is NOT any of my roosters--I saved eggs from my blue girls to see what I'd get. She would be a fine egg layer or pet for a child or adult. Very gentle bird. Asking $10 because, after all, she is a pullet.
(3) One 16 month old Jubilee roo, sire of most of this year's chicks. Not people or hen aggressive. Totally trustworthy around people. Massive and beautiful. I'm keeping his brother who is only slightly less massive. Asking $40 for listers only and will entertain offers.
(4) Other possibilities for a month or two from now: blue English cockerel, lavender 50/50 cockerel. My blue boy tried to crow yesterday (just short of 4 months). He's dark right now, but I know the boys are usually pretty dark. Pretty head and comb, and he's going to have a massive body. His crows sound like something is injured! He does NOT carry lavender and can't. I'm keeping one younger one just to see how they pan out.
My little blue pullet that was in ICU for a while is starting to turn from an "ugly duckling" into a pretty little chick. She is not going to be really big, but she has gone from funny looking to downright cute in the last week. She is also darkish but I can see her lacing.
DH and I are still munching away at our naughty roo. Perhaps some chicken and noodles tomorrow...
Last thing, thank you Lord for getting Miss Cleo out of her broody state. She has been broody for at least 6 weeks. Next time, we'll break her. I like having my sweet girl (full English black hen) back. She carried on like she was being attacked (never pecked anyone, but fluffed up those neck feathers and screeched like a harpy eagle). My blue English girl is still broody but a little less so every day. She just has a funny growl that makes me laugh at her, because wouldn't hurt a fly.
Egg production is slowly rising again after going in the toilet between the broodies and the heat.