My husband and I live on a farm in Central Iowa. We love gardening and recently built a green house. I love raising babies, but because the horse market is so depressed I stopped breeding. I decided chickens might be a fun enterprise so we ordered 35 chicks from FlashPointFarms in March 2010.
We trimmed down the extra roosters and kept three:
Apollo, Lightning and Thor
Such a variety of pullets! We ended up with 17.
With so many breeds to get us started I still could not decide which I liked best so we got more and raised a few mixed breeds with a determined broody!
It's been a while since I updated, but here is my current Rooster Roster:
Lavender AM Roo and EE and Ameraucana ladies
Black AM Garden Roo with his Cochin Family
Black Jersey Giant "Goliath" He's currently the boss of the coop.
Rhode Island Red - "Red"
My remaining original EE rooster, Thor - he throws gorgeous babies!
Here's one of his daughters on the left out of a Welsummer hen. The girl on the right is pure AM:
Here is one of my new EE roosters out of a pure Ameraucana hen and an Iowa Blue rooster.
His sisters are phenomenal free rangers and lay a beautiful rich blue egg. Here's a blue one next to her Iowa Blue sire "Boss".
These girls look a lot like their pure AM mothers, but in profile their tails are very different. They go anywhere and everywhere and I once watched one of them flip upside down to meet a diving hawk and kick it into a heap.
Here's my other EE rooster, Rocky. He is by of Apollo or Thor out of a barred Rock hen.
He was a fun surprise so I decided to hang on to him.
A group of us in Iowa got together and ordered a large batch of Iowa Blues. I got 15 to start a project flock. To be continued...