Recently we wrote about our fear that we might have six roosters and two hens in our backyard chicken run. Well, about two weeks ago, friends Jack and Marylynn Leffel came over for dinner and the former confirmed that we do, indeed, have a half dozen young males.
What to do? Given the fact that two hens would not provide us with enough eggs, we purchased some16-week-old hens. We were able to swap our alpha male, Third Man, and two of those newly bought hens to a farm family in Franklin County. In exchange, we received seven dozen farm fresh eggs.
In spite of our best efforts to find good homes for several of the other roosters, we have had to dispatch two of them, which, we must admit, was a very hard thing to do, given the fact that we had raised them from chicks.
This leaves Little Jerry in charge of the backyard, and we believe he will be up to the task.