Life in the Coop

This is my second Autumn with chickens.  It’s hard to believe that Double Dots, Abigail and their Rhode Island Red flock mates are a year and a half old now!

 

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And Pip, my beautiful baby boy, is going to be a year old at the end of November.  He’s a picture of him from back in September, when the weather was still warm.  His younger siblings have been getting a lot of camera time lately, but only because I’m trying to sell the Sulmtalers and that means taking pictures of them.

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Speaking of… look how handsome they are getting!  From left to right, we have Taller and Sumi.  Sumi is the more dominant,  He crows and everything! Taller is his buddy.

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Dani/Danny, who is now 20 weeks old and turning into a beautiful boy in his own right.  He has found his crow now.  It’s not quite his papa’s and not quite like big brother’s either.   He looks mostly like his Rhode Island Red heritage, except for that white streak in his tail feathers. He’s tall, finally getting some bulk on him.

Dots as begun chasing him, too, so now Pip has a bit of a reprieve in that regards.

I am beginning to wonder if Dani wouldn’t actually wind up being more dominant than Pip if we were to keep him.  His behavior is different than Pip’s, more assertive.  He walks around, growling and trying to catch the ladies’ attentions.  They, naturally, ignore him.

Pip chases him, too.  He and his Papa have similar ideas about the new kid on the block.

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For reference, a recent picture of Dots.  Molting has not been kind to him.  His beautiful tail feathers are gone, gone, gone.  But he still reigns supreme in the flock.

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Pretty Eugenie, who looks so much like her Papa and pretty much no one else.  You’d never know she has an RiR for a momma.

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Snickers, my handsome Chocolate Orpington boy.  He acts like he might have a dominant personality, too, someday.

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And Hershey, his sister, who is also very pretty.

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Pavelle/Pavel.  I took this one just this morning  She is so much smaller than her brothers and sisters. She can actually perch on the chicken wire!

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Es and Pavelle are snuggle buddies at night.  They go up into the rafters together and tuck in for the night.

I am still unsure what to do about Es.  He and his brothers have been listed for sale in the local FB sale communities.  If they aren’t taken by the end of November, they will be off to Freezer Camp.

A new wrinkle in my decision-making process?  Abby, my beautiful Abigail who is the momma to Pip and all these little ones?  Has decided to go broody.  Again.  Her 4th time in less than 2 years of life.

I found her tonight, still in the same nest she was sitting in this morning.  Still puffed up and bucky.  DH wants me to get (he means buy.  I’m looking at My Pet Chicken) hatching eggs for her.  Easter Eggers.

If I do that, then I also have to take Ashley’s babies into considerations.  Two broody momma’s raising babies over the winter?

That’s a lot of babies.  And a lot of potential new roosters.  I’d probably have to give up the idea of keeping one of Abby’s summer boys in favor of these new Littles to be.

 

 

8 thoughts on “Life in the Coop

  1. Pip is certainly a handsome boy! You wouldn’t happen to be anywhere near Nashville would you? One of my coworkers is moving there in November and just bought a house with an acre and wants to have some chickens but doesn’t want to raise chicks.

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  2. Aw, that cute little Pavel is dangerous – she makes me want to go searching the chicken listings! The chocolate Orpingtons are very nice. I was expecting their colour to be more rich but I suppose it comes in later. Their colours can be so tricksy, you never quite know what they’re doing until they’re mature! It’s a pity you can’t keep Snickers; he’ll turn out to be quite beautiful. It will be interesting to see how Dani goes. RiR roos have a reputation for being prone to aggression but he has a good father. Assertiveness is a weird thing. Breeders say a good roo is an assertive roo, as he gets the job done well, as well as being a better protector and provider, as opposed to a more submissive roo who will get pushed around and not be as good at spreading his seed. But then you don’t want the rooster to be assertive to you! Mr Bingley has become very assertive with his ladies so I am watching him very closely. I can’t wait to give him some more ladies to help keep him busy but he’ll have to wait a little while unfortunately. The ideal ratio for large breeds is 5-8 hens to one rooster. I was there for a small while! If I hadn’t had so many issues I would just buy some in, but ah well. I’ll stop waffling now. 😛 I’m glad your chickens are all doing so well. 🙂

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    1. I have had heard that about roosters. I think there is a difference between assertive and downright mean. Dots is assertive in his leadership of the flock, but not mean. And he respects me. I’ve read that in dealing with roosters you have to make sure the rooster accepts you as the Alpha chicken. Not an equal. Dots and his sons are not my equals. I need to be the boss in my coop. But it’s a fine line between assertive and overly aggressive.

      Pavel is a sweetheart. I love her so much.

      I also thought the chocolates would be darker, maybe when they are older?

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