These are the start of the chicken move to heritage birds. These three are one week old Colombian Wyandottes, a dual purpose bird that is very striking in colour. Hopefully, one of them will be a rooster.
The supplier, a young entrepreneur from Westlock also had these Golden Laced Wyandottes at three months old. I picked up eight. I will likely try to get some silver laced birds from him whenever they become available, hopefully, next June. Again, I hope that at least one will be a male.
I said after the first year that I would never get the Cornish Giants again, or any bird that was raised solely for meat. By 15 weeks, they turn out so heavy that they cannot stand, and cannot move to get food. Their body cavities fill up with fluid, and basically they suffocate, or have heart attacks. I will leave such cruelty to the Colonel Saunders of the world. I will also not support those establishments that promote a cage 12x12x12, where the bird never gets any freedom or sunlight. Those dimensions are in inches by the way.
That is my rant for the day!
So, our flock will likely look like 4 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Colombian Wyandottes, 8 Golden Laced Wyandottes, 5 White Leghorns and 8 Red Sussex Cross. The rest will likely go into the freezer. Oh, yeah, and 9 turkeys until October. that is 3 times what we over wintered for last year. I may have to rethink this, although, any surplus roosters will also go into the freezer.