Our bird count now stands at:
6 geese (one is going home soon)
We have culled our nasty rooster and are planning on eating him soon, say as soon as the salmon meal is worked out of his system. He likes to spur young innocent children, turkeys too big to move and unguarded mamas collecting eggs with their hands too full to run. I'm thinking he will taste extra good to some little boys. It was interesting when we brought our new rooster home, he's 3 years old and mellow. It was funny to remove the original rooster and replace him with Henry, the hens our rooster picked on the most we the first and fiercest to fight the new rooster.
I am certainly not advocating cock fighting, but it was so interesting to watch them fight. Each of the most picked on hens would watch the others challenging the new rooster and when they spotted a weak moment they would jump right in. Henry is so big, he's a cochin, he couldn't quite get off the ground to fight but he would simply lay down on them or step on them until someone else stepped in to pick a fight. I truly could have watched for hours. No one seemed hurt or even really trying to hurt but more putting up a fuss over the regime change.
Then I noticed that the picked on hens became less featherless under Henry's watch. The older girls who ruled the roost don't peck the younger crew. No one is squabbling. No horny rooster was chasing the ladies down trying to get some. I do believe Henry is doing his job but in a nicer way. No one seems scared of him like they were of the other rooster, Elvis. Elvis had a bad habit of snatching at girls who were strolling by and if they didn't submit, he forced them and ripped out all kinds of feathers. For now Elvis is locked out of his old roost and is NOT pleased. Tough.
Chicken and noodles coming soon!
Peace and Love-