I know!! It really melts my heart that he's so patient and tolerant of them 😍
Awwwww I love it! My Tiny has done the same with a batch of Ameraucana chicks I hatched- he just adored them and let them peck all over him! Blew me away. And then Chip with his actual babies- he’s like a hen- he lets them ride on his back and is soooo patient w them too. Roosters can really be so amazing.Here they are today, a rare moment when Crash came out of the pool to eat and Roscoe was distracted with the babies in the pen next door.
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Not great pictures because of the fence, but here he is interacting with the babies. They are no relation to him and he's never seen them before today, but he was absolutely glued to that side of the pen! He kept poking his head through to look at them, showing them goodies, and letting them poke at his face. What a softie!
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Haha, yeah, her name is a bit of a story. Her egg was messy so it needed to be washed before I set it in the incubator, so she's been known as "Wash" since before she hatched. It kinda morphed to Washburne over time because of a character in a show I like whose last name is Washburne and everyone calls him Wash. 😊Washburne? LOL Her looks are so far beyond her name.
My plan is to do spiral breeding with the silkied Cochins. I'm looking at keeping three distinct flocks of them; pullets hatched will stay in their flock, and the best cockerels will go on to replace the males in the next pen over in a spiral pattern. Only thing holding me back from that setup is the cost of building supplies right now, but I'm hoping by next year I can afford to get their coops built and set up, preferably in time to get a generation of breeding in before too late in the year.What are you all doing to keep the genetics watered down so there are no breeding issues?
I am aware of just two other farms who actively breed them, and two that have sadly gotten out of breeding them. That's why I get very excited when I see them mentioned like what prompted me joining here!How many do you know of that have the "Fuzzies" as you call them?
Wellllll oddly enough since I do have my Hensley already I would probably prefer a pair when the time came. But I think your timeline will work just fine for mine also. No rush for me in other words. At all. Lol.Oh, haha, well I don't plan to go anywhere! I actually kinda like it here. I'm part of another chicken forum and I like it there, too, but they have many thousands of people posting many thousands of times every day and it can trigger some anxiety for me, which leads to me not really posting much there outside of my own threads. I like the slower pace here, and that I feel like I can actually be helpful because there aren't literal hundreds of thousands of other people who are ready to post essentially exactly what I would at any given moment.
But yeah, sometimes things come up and who knows if I might fall out of activity for one reason or another, and plus it's relevant to a thread about fuzzies anyway, so I'll just post it here that I got my Blues and Blacks from Gopher Hill Farms on Facebook (not the animated Christmas lights page that comes up when you google that, but the other one). That page is run by Erin, who's a great person that loves her fuzzies, too, and loves to talk chicken as much as the rest of us do!
The other farm I'm aware of is triplecreekfarm on ebay. I only recently discovered them (around the same time I joined here) so I haven't actually talked to them to know if they sell their hatching eggs directly or at all other than in ebay auctions, but they have good reviews on their hatching eggs so they seem trustworthy enough.
And of course there's me, but like I said, I haven't gotten my breeder pens set up yet so obviously my ability to pass on any birds will hinge on how soon I can get that done. You know, unless you just want cockerels--I always seem to have plenty of those around!