The Old and the New

The OLD: My hens are all molting and have stopped laying. These were the chicks that came in September 2013, while my driveway was under water.

At 4 years of age, the productivity of the hens was on the downward slope which is the reason I bought new chicks this fall.

The NEW: Readers of the blog may remember my failed attempt to add Icelandic Chickens to my farm a couple of years ago. A friend of mine has a son who purchased hatching eggs this year and had much better success in hatching out chicks. He gave part of the chicks to his mom and when she discovered that she had two Icelandic Roosters, she offered me one. I brought him home Friday night and put him in with the almost 10 week old chicks. He is five months old and is a very handsome fella.



  1. I already had a rooster. I always have at least one, but try to limit to no more than three. I usually stick with breeds that the hatchery sexes and order females and I’m pretty sure that all the full-size chicks are indeed female. The bantams are straight-run so it is possible that I may have a male in the bantams but so far I’m not seeing any indications that I have roosters in those. Spare roosters end up in the freezer. Quite frankly, the molting hens should be butchered since it saves me having to pluck feathers. These are getting a pass as I just don’t have the time (or freezer space) to deal with butchering right now.

  2. What a beautiful rooster! I had one that looked like that when I was a kid (the chickens were my job) but a weasel got him. He was buried in the pet graveyard and I did a much better job of burying him than than I did my bum lamb. I got tired of digging for the lamb so he was buried with his legs sticking up out of the ground.

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