A woman had to get rid of some chickens in town due to complaining neighbors. She told me they were all pullets. However, three of the six Buff Orpingtons began crowing and breeding my hens - definitely not pullets. I sold one, found one dead in the Moop one morning, and still have a third. He is so beautiful! His name is Stewart, Stew for short because my plan was to put him in the stew pot. He has messed up my breeding plans! If he breeds a Campine, then a white egg could have a Campine mother and Stewart, a Buff Orpington, as the father. I would have no way of knowing what breed the chicks were until they hatched.
|Stewart with a few of the girls|
|Buster front left, Stewart in center|
|Buster is a fine bird!|
|My only picture of Roscoe|
I bought two Campine roosters this year, and they survived babyhood, are crowing lustily and even thinking about getting into the breeding game. So there are three Campine roosters now, with Roscoe gone. And of course there is Stewart. And Tiny. One of the four accidental chicks that hatched out last spring appears to be full-blooded Campine. I was hoping it was a pullet, but he is crowing. So that makes four Campine roosters. And Stewart. And Pretty Boy, another of the accidental chicks. Unfortunately, he is most definitely a rooster, and a huge one at that! He has just started to crow. It's funny, the Campine roosters crow at a lot earlier age. But I had Pretty Boy figured for a boy long before he crowed. He is huge, and he is the most aloof of the four chicks. He won't let me pet him when he is running around the yard, only sits on my lap when the mood strikes him. Last night he spent about two minutes there, then he was off. He is a beautiful bird, definitely part Buckeye based on how his tale feathers are colored, and most certainly Buff Orpington (Stewart) from his dad.
|Here are the four "accidental" chickens. Tiny is to the right.|
|Goldie - she is a beauty!|