Back in July, we suspected one of our new chicks was a rooster, and when it started crowing a few weeks later our suspicions were confirmed. The farm store purportedly sold us three Red Sex Link hens, but we most likely got two Buff Orpington hens and one rooster. I’m okay with the mix up, because I also wanted to try Buffs based on recommendations from our blog comments.
We didn’t need two roosters and we still like Evil, so we listed the Buff rooster on Craigslist. The lady who picked him up was looking for a replacement Buff Orpington rooster for her flock. Her current rooster looked very similar but was getting old. I honestly just expected him to become dinner, so it’s nice he is going to get a longer go at it.
A few days later I sold the seven Lakenvelder hens. Lee and I were so happy to see them off to a new home. They did eventually start laying medium sized eggs, but we never fell in love with the breed. I think the early frustration with them negatively colored our perception.
This leaves us with sixteen chickens in total: one rooster and 4 hens from the 2011 flock and 11 new hens from the 2012 flock. I’m going to integrate the two flocks which will greatly simplify our chores. The geese will have the full run of the smaller chicken pen, as we never got around to building them a goose house out in the garden. Our summer plans didn’t go quite as expected, but with these new changes we are at least looking forward to a smaller feed bill.