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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

Yes, this blog has been neglected for a few weeks. Work, medical issues and a mini-vacation (and prepping for that too) all took over and kept me away from writing. Well, it is time to catch up…

Soon, there will be a post about “How to take a Get-Away when you run a Mini-Farm”.  It will tell of ways to streamline operation not only for your guest caretaker, but of how to simplify your own time/effort spent on a farmette.

But, for today, let’s talk chicken! I had seen an ad come up a few times on craig’s list about a little chicken  and egg operation that offered a great variety of birds. I have been trying to get away from mixed sales since it is so easy to pick up a disease carrier. I called and they had a few bantams that I have been looking for, so I went right out.

It was not too far away either, which helped (I have been having a bit of trouble managing my stick shift vehicle due to neurological issues) . I have been stealing my husbands automatic van for errands, but due to his height (6 foot, 6 inches), when he needs it for work, I have to give it up. Best to use the truck anyway so that the birds can be transported in the bed.

Here are my bantam finds.

3 New Bantam Chickens

The bird on the left is a Black Cochin Bantam hen. Our little Gold Cochin Bantam rooster will be very happy now (Chicken Photo Parade – Day 4).

Cochins are mild-mannered and have feathered legs. They waddle around the yard like little stick-less mops.

Black Cochin Bantam Hen

The other two are a pair of Rhode Island Red Bantams. We only have Ameraucanas in the Standard size now. All of the other Standards left were sold off.

This is a nice young pair. They should make some nice chicks in the Spring. The reason that I wanted RIRs back in the mix is due to their creamy brown-colored eggs. They look lovely, especially when helping fill a basket full of blue (Americauna) eggs. The colors go nicely together. And we are all about the eggs.

There were a few dollars left in my pocket, so I took hold of the opportunity to purchase one lovely little lavender guinea keet.

Our son and the lavender guinea keet.

Luckily, we had a cage with 2 young keets and a cockerel that have not reached the hormone stage yet (once they do territorial wars ensue). The little guinea was accepted right into the group.

Successful Introduction

The introduction of the new bantams did not go as smoothly. This takes a bit more time with the adults. If you are not careful, they will kill each other while your back is turned.

The king of the little flock is a frizzle silkie/cochin cross. He is a ridiculous looking rooster. But he is a tough one. Our white silkie rooster lost his last fight to him – fatally. They were in a pen together. That was not a good idea.

The Boss

The new tiny RIR rooster is being kept in a cage with his hen until the serial killer rooster adjusts to the idea of him being around.

A small fence was put up recently, which allows the mini-chickens to free range out back. As long as they can get away from the lead rooster, the lower cockerels and roosters in the flock hierarchy will survive. Come Spring though, the breeding pens must be ready or there will be a male chicken massacre.

RIR Bantam Pair

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