I have a wonderful announcement to make::: MOT (MeatOntheTable) my Cockeral RIW, has found he has an irresistible desire to jump on the pullets backs ! :lol The pullets do not have a clue why and are not taking this well. None are laying yet. I have yet to hear any mature chicken speak whatsoever, they peep and make various seagull type noises. No crowing, no acting Cocky. No roosting at night ! Seems to me a heritage breed quote " that grows slowly" will not be laying anytime soon. They will be 5 Months old on the 27th of January. I am expecting the pullets will begin to lay at 7 or 8 months old ? Anyone know ? We are working on getting the garden turned here. Seeds have been ordered and saved, and manure and shavings turned all year, this our second garden on raw land, should be wonderful ! I am very excited about that ! On another and more bizarre note, a friend of mine and I have noticed the uncanny resemblance these RIW look like Chanteclers...hmmmmmmmmmmmm, weird. But they resemble chanteclers much much more than rocks, leghorns or any other breed. So weird. Maybe they are chanteclers !! Although MOT is doning a wonderful rose comb...so sadly but for that they look/size/feather/all looks like chantecler. OK, other than that and getting diagnosed with RA on top of all the other disease I already have, nothing new at Spiritwood Farm.