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Chasing cockerels

Two lovely Rhode Island Red chickens that we got from a local poultry farm have grown up into handsome cockerels. We bought them on the understanding that we could take them back if they turned out to be males, so earlier this week we arranged just that, but of course first we had to catch them.

We have bought ourselves a landing net from a fishing shop.  It is large enough to capture a whole chicken, but of course when they run they are fast, and they definitely know when you are after them and they dodge here and there.  So we had a plan.  We would both get up at 6.45 am and go down to the hen house to let the chickens out as it got light.  But we would do it in a controlled manner and as each of the Rhode Island Reds came down the ramp we would catch them in the net and transfer them to a travelling box.  So I controlled the door and Neil held the net.  This method worked remarkably well and we succeeding in catching both cockerels without having to chase them round the enclosure.

This was somewhat different to the last time we did this when we had to take back a really beautiful French Copper Maran crossed with a Speckled Sussex.

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Here’s Neil with this handsome chappie.  Him we had to chase round and round the enclosure. There are trees in the hen run so of course when you are chasing them they dash from behind one tree to the next and you are always going the other way, so it is quite difficult.

Altogether we have had to take back 5 cockerels.  We also hatched 4, two of which have now gone to new homes and we are left with 2, “Boots” who is a Brahma and has feathered legs and when he runs he looks like he has his hands in his pockets, and “Ted” who is an Appenzeller who has a teddy boy top knot hence his name.  These 2 with the 21 hens we have are having a great time and we have a happy flock of well socialised chickens.  We got 16 eggs today so they are really laying well at the moment, no complaints.

Lots of eggs for our B&B guests.  On Tuesday morning I asked our guests “What colour egg would you like for your breakfast?”  One person chose the blue one and one chose the olive one, and I sold them 6 eggs to take away, so our eggs are popular.

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Goodbye to the Cockerels

Back in August we purchased nine 6 week old chicks from Manor Farm in Ilminster.  The guy there said he could sex them and that he could sell us just pullets, but if any turned out to be cockerels he would swap them for us.  So we looked after them, fed and watered them, and watched as 2 of them turned out to be beautiful cockerels.

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The above chappie is a French Copper Maran.

The other cockerel was a hybrid between a Buff Sussex and a Speckled Sussex.  He was a really handsome chap.

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So yesterday afternoon we took them back and swapped them for 2 Rhode Island Red pullets, which seem to have joined the flock OK.  Here they all are having a feed this afternoon.

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As you can see we have a real mix of hens, from Warrens, Welsummer/Black Rock cross, Buff Sussex, Speckled Sussex, French Copper Marans to name but a few.  We also have a large hen we call “Boots” as she has feathered legs.  We hope she is a hen and not another cockerel.  This was one we hatched from an egg, so we are not quite sure yet, but she is fabulous.

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We think “Boots” is a Brahma which is why she is so big, but the guy at Manor Farm said if they had blue colouring in their feathers they were more likely to be cockerels.  And she has, so we will have to wait and see if she starts doing “Cock a doodle do” or jumping on the other hens.  We also have raised from chicks a cute little Apenzeller cockerel (below) who we call “Ted” as he looks like a Teddy Boy, and 2 really handsome Buff Sussex cockerels – any takers?  We do need to say goodbye to another couple of cockerels.

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It’s all fun in the hen run here determining who is who.  The problem with raising chicks from eggs is that 60% turn out to be cockerels and then you have to find homes for them.  Our cockerels raised from eggs are all pure breeds, so it would be a pity not to find good homes for them.

As regards the egg-laying birds, they are not happy with the shorter day light hours and the cold weather.  We are getting 4 or 5 eggs a day, but out of a total of 26 chickens that’s not really a good average. The people on my egg round are complaining that I’m not selling enough eggs at the moment. I’m hoping that when the days get longer and warmer next year and the chicks come of age we will get a lot more eggs than that.

We still have some vacancies in the B&B for December and all of January.

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