Aren't they CUTE!! Love the names too. :)
I sure wish I could get my butt in gear and get some goats. It's really rediculous that we don't have our fence up..... or even started on. I saw a kiko buck in the local paper for sale this week. Only $100 too. My husband is wanting me to give up the idea of goats since I've built myself up to having 5 different breeds of chickens - Barred Rocks, White Rocks, Partridge Rocks, Dark Cornish, and Salmon Faverolles.
More chicks coming this week, and ordering more this week to come the week after. That'll be it for the year. All doing great, and none have died. Although I wouldn't be too heart broken if an untimely death came to a couple of the Partridge rock roosters. I've been trying to sell a couple and having no luck. They're just terrorizing the poor hens at this point. The hens stay on the roosts almost all day now, with generally 2 roosters circling underneath like sharks waiting for one to come down or fall off. I'm thinking of making a "bad boy" pen for 2 or 3 of the roosters that are grown up to help the hens out.
What's a good ratio for hens to roosters anyway? I was planning on having 2 roosters per 12 to 20 hens. I have 4 in there right now, with 22 hens - both the partridge rock hens and the white rock hens. So after some of the babies in another pen grow up, I'll divide it up and get all the breeds just right.
At that point it'll be 16 partridge hens (with 2 roosters?), 12 white rock hens (with 1 or 2 roosters?), 6 barred rock hens (with 1 rooster), 6 salmon faverolle hens (with 1 rooster), 3 dark cornish hens (with 1 rooster). At this point I have 4 partridge rock roosters, 2 dark cornish roosters, 5 salmon faverolle roosters, and 1-3 barred rock roosters. Some are still babies. I hate to just give away these beautiful roosters, but I may have to. I have way too many. Would a rooster only pen help? That way I could just keep them in case I need them or find a buyer.
Thinking out loud.....