Friday, April 10, 2009

Cock-a-doodle-do!

Remember sweet adorable little fluffy-cheeks? (He's the Americauna in the last two pictures.) Well take a look at him now:



The little stinker has been crowing mostly in the middle of the night. He woke Jeremy up at 2:45 this morning and then went back to sleep. Jeremy couldn't get back to sleep though.

Other than that I think we have a bunch of adorable hens that are getting bigger and bigger. Since we raised them from chicks I think they've bonded a bit with us (or they just like us for the food). They love to congregate where we stand in front of the brooder and they also love to hop out of the brooder and wander around on the lid. Here are some updated photos...

One of the Americaunas:



A Rhode Island Red:



And our lovely rooster again:



There is definitely a difference between the four breeds. The Rhode Island Reds generally love to be picked up and held and petted. Any one of them will settle down in my hand and stay there as long as I like. The Americaunas and Wellsummers aren't quite as amenable to handling. They don't nestle in our hands like the RIRs but we can still hold them and they calm down. The Speckled Sussex will not stand for being held. As soon as we try to pick one up, they immediately grab onto whatever they can get in their sharp little beaks: a finger, a chunk of skin, a fold of your sleeve, and they hang on until you let go. They might be a bit more defensive like this because they are the smallest of the chickens.

Very soon they'll be moving outside. I can't wait to see how they like the coop!

1 comment:

@bdul muHib said...

That's just so very shocking that you'd have a rooster who crows and wakes you up when you're trying to sleep...