All our urban homestead critters are characters. We like to tell people we don’t have cable we have chickens, ducks and goats.
In our eclectic flock, these Belgian banties chickens are somewhat more personable than the rest. Though all our chickens are extremely friendly, there is just sometime special about these banties that just captures your heart. I don’t know what is about these little birds that are the size of a small pigeon but they always like to cock there heads to one side make eye contact and a trilling sound – yes, a trilling sound. As if they think they are somehow equal to you and would like to engage you in a conversation and you feel that you have to oblige by talking back. Come feeding time in the morning and evening we happily converse with our menagerie reminiscence of a Dr Doolittle book. These small birds have big personalities and are fun to be around. I sometimes wonder what goes through that bird brain of theirs.
While we are on the topic of backyard farm animals, a question from one our readers
I have a question for you, or rather several related questions. Since you are vegetarians how do you handle your birds insofar as getting new birds when necessary and keeping (or not) birds that have stopped laying? Do you purchase/acquire them already sexed? If not what do you do with the roosters? When they stop laying do you keep them until the pass away naturally or do you “cull” them from the flock? Also, once you breed the goats are you going to keep the kids? Either way what do you plan to do if you get a billy? Thank you, you are a wealth of knowledge!
Thanks for your question Lily. We only have hens since roosters are not allowed in our city and we let our hens (all our animals) live out their lives till they pass away. There’s no culling on this urban homestead. In fact we have one hen who’s nearing seven years old! Which is incredibly long lifespan for a chicken. She rules the animal kingdom and she just doesn’t want to give her domain to anyone! Of course she lays pretty erratically giving just a handful of eggs a year (if we are lucky) but she is extremely happy hanging out with her pals and like with all our animals will hopefully pass away peacefully in her sleep. Of course that means that our egg production is not as high having a few retirement hens in the flock but it works for us.
As for breeding the goats, when that time comes, they will be taken to farm that has a billy for a brief jaunt in the country. If and when the kids are born Jordanne has contacts already to give them good and loving homes (she’ll make darn sure of that)