The days are short and the flock is slowly recovering from the molt. Young pullets are coming very slowly to point-of-lay, and I am always hoping for a new layer’s first egg. Going into the winter, they are getting a regular layer ration and plenty of calcium and high-protein snacks, including black oil sunflower seeds, free-choice. They continue to range on the remaining grass and spend more and more time in the forest, digging grubs and worms from the leaf-covered soil. Autumn lingers, and we look forward to the calm of winter ahead.
The little cockerels roam the property in a rowdy pack. Only a few cockerels found homes through the poultry sale this season. I’ll need to rearrange housing or find other outlets for these boys soon.
Rosie and most of the other girls are finishing up their molt. I long to see her comb return to a bright, fleshy red and her legs to a bright gold. Soon after, I will be looking for her eggs!
These days, Mr. Pink is ruling the roost. Like any young cockerel, he is nearly abusive to the hens as he refines his treading technique. We’ll be keeping our eye on him, hoping that he grows into his important role soon.