We have had beautiful weather here on the farm for the past two days. Start out the mornings below freezing with temperatures soaring to the upper fifties by early afternoon. I decided to let my flock free range these two days since I am home and it has been so nice out. Usually thy stay “cooped” up because we have coyotes, foxes and hawks that would love to make a meal of my birds.
My flock consists of six birds. Sophia, Zas Zas and Marilyn are the Silver Lace Wyndottes. I originally called them the Dixie Chicks, but the more I get to know them, I realize that just won’t do. They are flashy birds. A bit bossy. Definite DIVAS. Therefore the names after famous women. I love the black and white lacy pattern in their wings. They have been with me since August. I must say, they aren’t very friendly. This is Sophia (as in Loren, she looks like a movie star doesn’t she?)
My Rhode Island Reds are more down to earth. I currently have three RIRs. My hens, Diana and Aretha are joined by the man of the group Smokey Robinson. They make a nice trio. I did have six RIR hens. I lost three of them in October due to an infection that mimicked the dreaded Mericks Disease. After the first two died a week apart I took the third ill hen to the state lab to have her analyzed. If it was Mericks, I would have to destroy my entire flock and give up any hopes of breeding my heritage birds. Luckily, it wasn’t so hopefully I can breed my RIRs. That is if any of them ever start laying, the moochers! I got three egg back in September. Evidently laid by one of the girls that passed on. I am hoping production kicks in once molting season is over. Otherwise I am going to have a hard time justify feeding these freeloaders. But in the meantime I love spending time with them and watching their very spohiticated society.