Chooks are a fantastic addition to any backyard. The obvious benefit is being able to eat fresh eggs whenever you feel like it. They make great pets as well – the kids love them and if you sit and watch them for a while they can be very entertaining for adults and children alike.
This is Runcible Rooster. He’s a Sebright - named after the developer of the breed, Sir John Saunders Sebright. We’ve been trying to get Runcible a girlfriend in the hope that he’ll give us some nice Sebright chicks, but despite him sharing a pen with no less than two females, we’re still waiting. Maybe Runcible needs to put in a bit more effort – you know – take the girls to dinner and a movie once in a while.
The girls meanwhile, provide us with eggs regularly, albeit smaller versions of the eggs you’re probably used to buying from the supermarket. One of the hens was hiding behind Runcible in the picture above, but here she is in all her glory:
We’ve got probably eight laying hens of differing breeds. I insisted that we get some hens that lay “proper” eggs (not the bite-sized ones) and Maria wanted to have some of the more ornamental variety like the Sebrights and also some silkies. The three roosters seem to think it’s dawn at 2 am most nights, but luckily neither us nor the neighbours hear them crowing due to the size of our yard and the distance from the roosters.
We have had a little success with our breeding program – our silky rooster Roger and one of the Pekin hens gave birth to a clutch of thirteen chicks a couple of years ago, but our breeding attempts have yielded no more results since.
The chooks get out and have a run around the yard most days – although these free ranges are tightly supervised by Maria. Otherwise the little darlings tend to eat too much from the vege garden. Hmm. We’d better do a post about the vegetables soon I reckon. See you all next time.