No. Not sexier farming.
Lordy – get your mind out of the gutter!
The hens and the roosters have been separated!
All the boys have been left outside.
And all the girls are in the hen house.
I do not want those huge roosters in with my hens for the winter. When they cover them their claws pull out the feathers on their backs and often (as well) the rooster will hold onto the hen by grabbing the back of her head with their beak. To hold them still.
It is a violent affair. Cover is a nice word for breeding on the Farmy.
So, sorry guys.
🤭But you are living outside.
They have two barns to shelter in and without any hens to fight over the barn yard is a much nicer place. All up I have counted thirteen roosters. Though – honestly – they are hard to count so there may be more!
The chook house where the hens are living is large and has a deep litter of straw and pine shreds and dry autumn leaves. it will make wonderful compost in the spring!
Later in the winter the hen house door will be opened in the early evening and shut again after they all go in at bed time. (If all goes according to plan the chickens will take themselves back inside the chook house in the evening because chickens always roost in the same place. This is why I leave them inside their home for at least a month to re-home them).
️I expect there to be reckoning with roosters again though!
These shots were taken yesterday evening when the sun was out!
Today is overcast and blustery. Nobody’s favourite!
Have a lovely day!
Remember we Live Simply so the Planet can Live Long. We can but try!