CITY CHICKENS


Baby chick now adolescent rooster

Wanted ‘A VERY Special Home’

Well, it’s as we suspected Chickadoodle (aka “miracle chick”) is a whooster… er, rooster. About two days ago he started to test out his crowing capacity.

Our black bantam cochin is super sweet and very, very special.   He’s a “miracle” chick that hatched against all odds. Back in March during our first hatching operation there were only 4 “fertile” eggs left. Bantie chickens usually hatch early (18 days) and on day 21 of our hatching operation there was no signs of life coming from the eggs. Two days passed and and then three — five days after normal hatching time and still no sign of life.

So at 11pm, Sunday night (of day 5) I pulled the plug on the incubator, took the top off, checked the eggs for any signs of cracking (there were none) and went to bed feeling very bummed. Early the next morning I was awaken by Justin shaking me and saying “there’s a hole in one of the eggs.”   I bolted out of bed. Could I have really missed a hole in one of the eggs because I was really too sleepy? My first thought was,  “I just killed the chick” that was trying to hatch as I had let it out overnight in the cold. Jordanne then joined us; she picked up the egg and held it to her ear. The chick wasn’t making any sound (no peep or cheeps) nor showing any life. I keep wondering to myself how did I miss that hole last night. We all came to the unhappy conclusion that I missed the hole while inspecting the eggs before unplugging the incubator and leaving them out. But, as I was eating breakfast, something told me that “no I couldn’t have missed the hole” and that the pip must have happened sometime in the early morning hours. I then went back over to the eggs, now all cold to the touch and picked up the egg that had the hole pecked out. As I was examining the egg I saw a small beak slowly poke through the hole. Could it be?  Still alive?  I motioned for Jordanne to come over saying “I think the chick is alive.” Wasting no time, we plugged in the incubator, filled the water tray below and watched with baited breath — did we chill the poor fellow, would it survive the stress of being exposed all night…. ?

After the incubator warmed up to the ideal temperature of 99.5 the chick started to quietly peep.   We all were gathered round now – pulling for it to make it through the difficult hatching process. I’ll have to admit … we gals were crying because we’d had given up on this group of eggs. This little fellow was saying to us you can never give up on me … even though I AM five days late.

As he struggled to peck/break through the egg he’d let out peeps and since he was the only one hatching his peeps weren’t returned. Jordanne thought it would be best to bring in our chicken so he could hear chicken noises and wouldn’t feel lonely.   Better than that, Jordanne downloaded some peeping chickens audio file from the internet, mixed it, put it on continuous loop, burned it to CD and played to the incubator. Once this little chick heard the sound of other peeping, the egg shook violently back and forth – he was excited!

There were “others” – friends – waiting for him and you could see him pecking harder to get out to join his (invisible) mates.   6 hours later he rid himself of the shell and was running around the incubator peeping his head off.   He seemed to get upset whenever we left him.  After we had made sure he’d dried we took him out of the incubator and put him under a brooder lamp with a teddy bear for company.    He immediately cuddled to the teddy bear but he still preferred company that was alive and moving. That night, we found out that he had to sleep in a box between the girls’ twin beds as he didn’t want to be alone.  If we left the room or he couldn’t see us he’d belt out loud a slew of staccato peeping and attempt to escape the little box to follow.   Even when he slept in a box between the beds, he wouldn’t shut up or calm down until the box was raised to mattress level – thus, giving him a constant view of any one of us (the girls).   And he had to see our faces throughout the night.  Many times in the nights that followed, Jordanne or I had to sleepily drape a hand over into his box or turn toward him …. we had shifted position in our sleep and he didn’t like it one bit.

This little fella’s first bonding was to humans, so he’s really fond of humans.    Even now, although having other chicks weaned him off the constant needing of humans, whenever someone comes to the chicken enclosure he looks you right in the eye and gives you all his attention. He loves to sit in our hands and snuggle.

Unfortunately, for us we can’t keep a rooster, even one as dear as Miracle chick. Believe me we would if we could, but with the uncertainty of the property next door and with city ordinances it’s just not possible.

So we are having to part with him and are looking for a kind and compassionate person/family with lots of room where Miracle chick can live out his life in a safe environment and crow to his heart’s content. He’s a special chicken (loves to snuggle, give “kisses and hugs”) and we’d like for someone to treat him very special and give him lots of personal attention because he is human you know… well, that’s what he thinks he is.

We’re selling him for the cost of $20.00. He’s a show-quality bantam cochin. We had some special eggs shipped in from a breeder in Louisiana and he was 1 of 18 to hatch.   If you or someone you know are interested in giving a sweet bantie cochin rooster, aka Miracle

Chick, a home contact Jordanne at jordanne(at)pathtofreedom(dot)com.


6 weeks old
Biddy

Of the 140 or so chickens we are raising this year we are only going to be keeping 6 or 8 bantams. With banties being good for small scale citified backyard poultry operations it’s tough because they don’t come sexed like standards so you have to get extra and hope there are hens in the bunch.

From the first batch of banties we are keeping our eye on one lovely Bantam Partridge Rock. Keeping with the theme of our other chickens by naming them from the books of one of our favorite authors, Charles Dickens, we’ve given her the the aptly fitting name of ‘Biddy’. The character from ‘Great Expectations’ was of a gentle and docile temperament and so is this little sweetie. The Partridge Rock breed is on the “critical” list of heirloom critters.

Chicks for Sale

Here’s your chance to expand your backyard city chicken flock or start your own.

~ Extra Chickens ~
1 Buff Orphington ( 8 weeks old ) $16.001 English Speckled Sussex (5 weeks old) $14.003 Arucana (“Easter Egg” — 5 weeks old) $14.004 Phoenix – males and females (5 weeks old) $15.00

The last batch of day olds will be arriving on Tuesday which are an assortment of heritage breeds. Many of these breeds are known for being docile and good layers.
Reserve now for pullets or chicks (first come first serve)
1 Buff Lace Polish1 Silver Polish1 Golden Polish2 Lakenvelders2 Silverspangled Hamburg2 Golden Pencil Hamburg2 Buttercups2 Anconas2 English Speckled Sussex1 Phoenix
These chickens are raised naturally on organic grains and greens (from the garden). Their diet is supplemented with dried kelp, probiotics and apple cider vinegar.
Contact Jordanne at jordanne(at)pathtofreedom(dot)com if interested.
We’ll be listing more as the day/weeks go by. Stay tuned.