In chicken land, we have about 50 chickens as of spring 2017 and that number is growing. I’m trying to focus on having heritage breeds, but we are producing barnyard mixes because I let my flock free range and what happens between the rooster and the hens are their business. We have brown, blue and green laying chickens. Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, ISA Brown, Cream Legbars, Easter Eggers, Delawares, New Hampshires and Black Alstralorps. We have a Barred Rock rooster – Stanley Roo and we added a Buff Orpington roo named John Rooster Mellencmp in spring 2017.
We have two peacocks and one peahen. Mango is the hen and Coconut and Papaya are the cocks. In June of 2015, my girlfriend, aka Farmgirl, lovingly put aside eggs from her peahen and hatched them for me, so that I may have a few of my own. We raised these babies from a week old and they are quite tame and see us as the parents. They are a hoot! It takes up to two years for them to reach maturity and for the males to grow the long beautiful tail feathers that they are known for.