In our suburban backyard we have a flock of chickens.
Araucana chickens to be more specific. They are most noted for their pretty blue eggs and funky feather tufts that sprout from either side of their head.
I hatched this little flock in my suburban house last September and have been enjoying their company ever since!
Here is pirate watching over the yard for any potential dangers.
Araucana eggs are notorious not only for their unusual blue shell coloring. They are also said to be very hard to hatch.
I received 10 hatching eggs: 4 never started developing and SIX hatched!
I was super impressed with myself and loved them all so much. However, as the weeks when on I knew I had three roosters.
Now anyone who knows anything about chickens knows that roosters are a little like the Immortals from the TV series The Highlander – There can be only one!
I carefully watched them as they grew fretting about their every little scuffle and finally decided to re-home the most trouble-making of the three.
After he left to join his new flock – my other two rooster boys calmed right down.
They seemed to join forces to keep the girls in line and have developed a wonderful – if strange relationship of shared responsibilities.
While my submissive rooster – Pirate seems only interested in breeding with the girls and is fine with Baba doing almost 100% of the crowing and bossing around.
I do worry about them one day deciding they want their own space – but they are 10 months old now and seem super content with each other.
In fact – when the girls are all busy in the nesting boxes the boys will run around the yard together. Just the two of them.
Hunting and crowing side by side not even a foot apart the whole time – even when running. Makes me smile.