So the kiddo’s were on a walk a few weeks ago & came across a chicken that looked similar to our Josie. The kids thought it was a great idea to bring it home to see if we could keep it. I was on a short day trip with my mom and had no idea what they were getting into. Well, when I arrived home they said there was a surprise in the back yard that I needed to see…they said see – we named him Gizmo! Well Gizmo was very excited to meet our Daisy & Josie…mind you I have not ever been around chickens until Daisy & Josie came into our lives.
So we thought we’d watch Gizmo for awhile to make sure he looked healthy enough to introduce to my girls to see if everyone can “get along”. Yes, I said “get along”, not “attack”. Well about 30 seconds after Miss Daisy came strolling down the coop ladder – Mr. Gizmo grabbed the back of her neck feathers & held on for dear life. I chased after them trying to catch him or her to separate them. I was amazed that he was so mean so quickly. Well after the minute and a half of being in the same yard together & trying to catch him. I was finally able to separate them. We hauled Mr. Gizmo up to a neighbors house where he could run safely in her backyard & not harm my girls.
After the attack, the kids did a little research to find that this was not an attack, rather the common interaction that a rooster will have “his way” with a hen. So a little more research shared we may be “expecting” here at Fishtail Cottage…
Yikes, Well a few weeks have passed and as of yesterday the hens are sitting on 12 eggs. The kids have been so excited about the prospect of baby chicks that they refuse to allow me to remove the eggs. So I told them to do some more research to find out how one can tell if an egg is fertilized. They took the eggs into a dark room & did “Candling”. They swear they see color & shapes inside 6 of the eggs. So numbers of the presumably fertilized eggs were written on them & the other four were disposed of.
We know Miss Daisy is a Silkie… Is Gizmo a Silkie as well? What colors would they produce? IF the eggs truly do hatch – do they do so on different days? Do we separate them from the momma’s? What do the chicks eat? This upcoming Sunday will make a full 21 days since the “attack” by Gizmo - Any ideas out there as to what we do now? lol
Appreciate all your “rooster attack expertise”!
xoxo, tracie (& kids)