No Place for a Rooster

Hi Keepers

I’m appealing to locals who live in a rural Auckland setting. We have a beautiful Gold Lace Rooster, that we must find a good home for. The local city council by-laws, say we can’t keep roosters in a urban area, which is fair enough, I’m getting fed up of being woken at sunrise by Wayne. He’s only just found his voice, he’s gone from a reverse off key crow, to a proper ‘cock a doodle do’, in the past week, like a teenager who’s going through puberty. He’s a pure breed Gold Lace Wyandotte, from eggs we purchased from a local breeder who shows her birds. If any one would like to house him, please leave a comment here.

I will attach a pic very soon.

New Chicks on the Block

Hi there keepers, and readers, we have new chicks in the flock. Three new Wyandotte Gold Lace, we did have a Minorca too, but if fear it landed on a thorn or got stung by a Weta, unforseen dangers. As we have no rooster, we got some fertile eggs from our friendly breeder, Raewyn Norton of Waitakere Township. The hatch rate was about 50%, as we had another Minorca that didn’t make it much passed the hatching stage, maybe as our broody hen is a Wyandotte, she wasn’t paying too much attention to the ones that didn’t look like hers? The three survivors are all doing well, learning from there surrogate mother, how to find grubs in the ground, etc. I will add pics to this post soon. The new chicks on the block will boost our flock back to a reasonable number for a backyard chicken coop.

Maria’s replacement

Hi there keepers, as some of you may have been following the Maria saga, well it come to it’s conclusion yesterday, it had got to the point where we could no longer ignore the obvious signs that maria was and is a rooster. Not having this breed before we weren’t quite sure, but in the end I think someone who had never seen a chicken before probably would have said ‘boy chicken’, so we drove back to the lovely breeder Raewyn, who exchange Maria for Manuella, yes that is the new birds name, as we had been calling Maria, Manuel for the past couple of weeks, we thought it only right that we called the new girl Manuella.

She is very different in mood, she was straight onto my lap for a cuddle, and even had a little nap, where as Maria(rooster), would run a mile if you even looked at him. Unfortunately the new chicks didn’t except Manuella, as I thought they might, I had hoped they would think it was Maria with a comb and tail trim, but no such luck, Betty(wyandotte) the smallest of the chicks, attacked her with a fuery, maybe revenge for the pecking dealt out by Maria, she jumped on her back and grabbed hold of her comb, and rode her like a rodeo bull.

So now Manuella is now living in the bottom of the welsh dresser on the deck, smaller than her previous dwelling but Betty free. It’s all going to be worth while as the Minorca chicken is a beautiful bird.

Welcome One and All

dsc01819Hi there, and welcome to The Chicken Keeper, my name is Rob and this blog is devoted to the keeping of chickens, and the trials and tribulations that go with it.

We started keeping chickens in September 2008, the list of poultry we have at present,  one Minorca, and four Wyandotte Golden Laced .  At present we live on a 1/4 of an acre with a creek running through the back, in Waitakere City, which is part of the greater Auckland area in the North Island of New Zealand, although I’m originally  London/Irish from Hackney, and the other half  is from Waterford, in Ireland.  We are just keeping enough hens to provide eggs for the family, we also grow some herbs and vegetables.  I’ve built the coop and run from recycled materials, see DIY corner for more details.

Comments are very welcome, I hope you enjoy the site and maybe find some of it useful.             If reading is not for you then check out the pics in the Secret Layer ^.

New Arrivals

Maria, Betty and Dorothy.

Maria, Betty and Dorothy.

Hello reader, i’m very excited, we have increased the number of varieties we have by 300%, that sounds like alot when you put it that way, but basically what we did, was go and buy 3 new chicks, all of different breeds, as we only had the one breed to begin with, (the brown shaver), it’s quadrupled our breeds instantly.

The new varieties are, Black Minorca, Light Sussex( sounds like a brigade of calvalry), and a Wyandotte Gold Lace, the Minorca is quite a large bird, and the chick is a few weeks old, and the two younger ones have adopted her as their surrogate mother. The Black Minorca is a fine bird, she has black/ blue eyes that look quiet demonic, the devils’ own hen. The breeder from whom we purchased the chicks, had so many breeds, with some amazing specimens, she is a member of the Auckland Poultry Society, and enters lots of shows.

Also, much to the delight of t.o.h., this poultry breeder also breeds pigs, and there was a litter of piglets running around in the neighbouring sty, that will be the next addition i feel to the urban farm, fortunately they were all pre-sold.