Currently we have 36 egg-laying (or soon to be) hens on the farm. The “girls” are able to safely free-range for 2 primary reasons. First, we have electric net fencing surrounding their pasture. While it doesn’t do much to keep them in (they can easily fly over if the choose to), it does an excellent job of keeping other critters out.
Secondly, they are watched over by the “boys”. Three good looking roosters whose job it is to watch over the flock and sound the alarm if danger comes knocking. While Lynn hasn’t named the hens, she has named the roosters so I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce them to you.
Top roo is Daniel. He’s a beautiful Speckled Sussex rooster who’s almost 7 months old. As you might expect, this breed was developed in Sussex County, England over 100 years ago. Daniel is the largest roo, but so far he’s been gentle with the hens and he’s the one they tend to follow when he goes outside.
Next up is Denzel. Denzel is the same age as Daniel and is a Dark Cornish. This breed also originates from England and is a little unique because they have thick, compact bodies. As a result, they are definitely heavier than they look. Denzel is shaping up to be the protector in the flock. He’s the one that tends to keep an eye on the girls and gets agitated when they get outside the fence.
Finally, there’s Frampton (yes, as in Peter). He’s an “oops” rooster. Sexing chicks at a day old is not an exact science. As a result, it’s not unusual to discover weeks later one of your hens is really a roo. We had our suspicions and they were confirmed a couple weeks ago when he started crowing. Since he’s a couple months younger than Daniel and Denzel, he tends to hang back and stay out of their way. Plus, he’s still getting run off by the hens more than he chases after them. Talk about being hen-pecked!
Hopefully you’ll have a chance to stop by the farm and see the boys in person. They are beautiful birds and a pic really doesn’t do them justice. Also, if you have any questions about the roosters and their roles, please don’t hesitate to ask. Use the comment area below, or drop us a note on our Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!