The 8 broilers are waiting to go out in the yard (and will do so this week), but the layers are still too small to do so. BUT.. the broilers are chomping at their bits!! The yard will be tractor mowed, and I’ll get their happy homes outside, as predator proof as possible, this week.
I want to talk about egg layers today… I think the laying birds will be ready to be outdoors in about 7-10 days, but I’ll evaluate as they grow further. PS, they arrived here May 8th.
I am eager to name these laying birds. So far, only two (probably three) have names. Goldilocks, Tiny Dancer, and (when I figure out which is the rooster) Sultan. Ideas for the others are appreciated. Please post below!!
The laying birds consist of:
- 3 buff Orpingtons
- 2 black Australorpes
- 2 buckeyes
- 1 golden laced Wyandotte
- 3 silver laced Wyandottes, one of whom is a male and will be a rooster. I don’t know which one, although I begin to suspect.
The Orpingtons and the Australorpes are extremely mellow. These two breeds are genetically very similar to each other, and so personalities will overlap.
The Buckeyes, a little less so, but still docile as was recommended.
The Wyandottes are a bit more adventurous and less willing to be your best friend, but they are docile. The runt of the “litter” as it were, was a Wyandotte, and she? is more friendly than her putative siblings. She also has the most interesting markings of her fellow silver-laced Wyandottes.
I only ordered one golden-laced Wyandotte, so she’s been named Goldilocks. She has her own mind, but that is fine.
Of the three silver-laced Wyandottes, one came in as a runt, so I have named her “Tiny”, whom you see above, although she’s growing out nicely. One of these is a future rooster (to be named “Sultan”) but I am assuming for now that it’s not the runt.