Friday, January 04, 2008

Little Red Rooster...

Our Bantam Golden Laced Cochin Rooster crows this morning in the chicken yard. If the forecast storm actually moves in later today this may be the last time the chickens are out for while. They won't come outside of the coop when there's more than about an inch of snow on the ground, but there is a covered open area attached to the coop where they can be out in the fresh air until the snow melts.

13 Comments:

Anonymous kiwi said...

Our rooster, Ted suddenly dropped dead last month. He was about 2 years old and not sick so his sudden death was a total mystery to us. We miss Ted and his crowing..... and our homestead seems so quiet without him. So I really enjoyed the sight and sound of your rooster. He's quite beautiful. Makes me realise we must get another one....and soon!

1:49 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Sorry about Ted...

And yes, you need another rooster.

Our big old rooster Arnold dropped dead right at Christmas last year. He looked pretty old when we got him but we have no idea how old he was.

He was a terror though and little Boris is much more people friendly because he doesn't have the big spurs.

How many critters have you got on the homestead now?

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Urban Homestead Girl said...

Hey Jim & Peg

Anais here. Boris Major is certainly a beaut! I'll have to tell Jordanne about your post/video. She'll be excited to see him all grown up and struting his stuff.

We are soooo glad this special guy's found a loving and good home. Thanks for keeping us posted.

Happy new year.
Anais

9:26 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Dear Anais-

Boris has grown into quite the handsome fellow, and he's learned to herd all 14 of those hens around like an old pro, so we upgraded him from Boris Minor to Boris Major.

As you can see, he still doesn't have his long adult tail feathers but I'm sure they'll be coming in soon.

Boris is very special to us and we're so happy we were here when he needed a home. And I know that, if it weren't for you and Jordanne, the little guy probably wouldn't have made it.

Much love to all of you beautiful folks at Path To Freedom. You are an inspiration to so many of us with similar aspirations.

You have accomplished amazing things!

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful flock. I really enjoyed listening to Boris Major crow. Reminded me of the morning sounds I heard at my grandmother's house when I was a kid. I had forgotten what a group of chickens sounds like, too. Nice. Thank you for posting it!

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS - That last message was from Kathy in Kentucky.
:-)

2:21 PM  
Blogger Wildside said...

Hi Jim, came here by way of PTF to listen in to Boris!

Thanks for sharing!

3:34 PM  
Blogger Brianna said...

What a beautiful flock! I'm also in the SB mountains, down the hill a ways in VOE - I'm hoping to raise four or five hens here in our backyard this spring. Do you folks ever raise chicks for sale? I'd love to have bantam babies from your lovely flock!

10:11 PM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...

The little feller really shows his stuff! Thanks for the fun clip!

--Linda

7:08 PM  
Anonymous kiwi said...

Jim we have 2 milking goats and 8 chooks (chickens). We have just reduced our sheep & lamb numbers from
56 down to a more manageable (for summer right now) 34. Plenty to keep us busy and happy.

7:08 PM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

he's beautiful.
many blessings to all at Earth Home Garden for this coming year.

10:44 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Thanks all...

KinKy-

I've kept chickens most of my life and would really miss living without them.

Wildside-

That was fun for me, going to PTF and seeing a link back here. Thanks for letting me know about that. It's been what, 3 years & something, since you, kiwi, and I first met at the PTF forum?

Brianna-

Hi neighbor, you're only about 39 miles due west of here.

We're hoping to hatch our own chicks but it hasn't happened yet. Some of our hens were raised from day olds we purchased from the Murray McMurray hatchery in Webster City Iowa. The others were a few days old when we got them from our local feed store and they also came from Murray McMurray. You can check them out at www.mcmurrayhatchery.com

If you stay in touch I'll let you know if we ever do have our own chicks. Boris is the only bantam we have, but he seems to have grown into our big hens, he's close to the same size.

Linda-

I thought people might enjoy a little rooster crow video clip.
Thanks

kiwi-

Now that's what I call a homestead. I've never kept sheep but I sure miss having goats & goats milk, & goat yogurt.

clairesgarden-

Thank you Claire, and a very blessed New Year to you too!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Hi,

I just happened upon this blog...searching for a reason why my 2 yr old rooster would just die, with no apparent sign of illness. He did get some frostbit eon his comb, but other than that I didn't notice anything. I am sad, as I really grew attached to my Willow! Sorry about your Ted...

7:23 PM  

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