[FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Hi there![/FONT][FONT=comic sans ms,sand]I got my first chickies in May 2009. There were 6 total: I raised 2 for the neighbors existing flock and 4 were mine. At approximately 10 weeks, one of the 2 Black Australorps started crowing. Actually, the first time it happened, it sounded like something was being killed in our backyard! I ran out in my PJs and found Mirage, standing on a stump in the run, facing NE, and making a horrible greeting to daybreak. It only took him 5 days to refine the horrid noise to a tidy & clear: "Erh erh-ERRRRR!" (with a funny little gasp at the end).[/FONT][FONT=comic sans ms,sand][FONT=comic sans ms,sand]Our neighbors are close; we live in the city. So, while Mirage spent the next 2 weeks coming inside each night to sleep in a big dog kennel in our living room, I searched for another home for him. Lucky for me my sister contacted a farmer friend of hers with 47 acres and a flock of 2 YO free ranging laying hens about 1 hour south of us and he was happy to take Mirage. So on a sunny Saturday, at 12 weeks old, Mirage (who had turned into a sweetheart and bonded with me because of his daily trips in and out of our house) began his new life on the farm. And so far, he's done beautifully there. He is getting really big, the farmer reports, and he is hard at work finding food and taking it to his 35+ ladies! I think he's a busy little boy![/FONT]
The remaining 5 pullets did miss him at first...but they're over it now. I have to say though, he did bring a most wonderful energy to the flock. It's different now. If I ever live in the country I will DEFINITELY include a rooster or two.
Here are pictures of my chickens. From time to time I add more:[/FONT]
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Sad update: Mirage was killed in a raccoon attack, May 2010. He was defending the henhouse; he was the only rooster, and the only chicken that died that night. Mirage was a year old. R.I.P., my dear little one; I will look for you in my dreams.