Sunday, February 15, 2009
The Chicken Experiment
Carlos, our rooster, is a Plymouth Rock. Carlos has his share of good and bad traits. He has left me with large bruises down my legs, has knocked Oliver down on several occasions and drives the hens crazy (at least I think) with his high drive. See the photo below. He is mating with his most willing participant, Llewelyn, another Plymouth Rock. On the other hand, Carlos takes good care of the hens. We once found him across the street at the Fire Station after a fox broke into the hen house. We lost Rusty (our sweet rooster) to the fox, but all of the hens were safe. We believe Carlos and Rusty went out to lure the fox away from the hens.
This is one of our hens, Goldilocks. Goldilocks is an Ameraucana, a breed that lays blue/green eggs.
We decided to let one of our hens, Etta have a few chicks because she was so broody. Etta sat on Goldilocks's eggs to see what a half Plymouth Rock, half Ameraucana offspring would look like. Here is a picture of Carlos, Goldilocks, and Etta's child. We are looking forward to seeing what color eggs come from this chicken (brownish green?). Glenn will be back tomorrow to blog about his hive inspection. ~Jess