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I am a 42 year old woman that is about as happy and content as one person can be. My husband of 21 years and our 15 year old daughter live on five and a half acres out in the country. We moved from the city four years ago and never looked back. I homeschool our daughter. We also love our animals. Our daughter has a miniature horse and two rabbits. We also have a border collie, two cats (again), two pot belly pigs, four peafowl, three emus, 2 llamas and an undetermined number of chickens, lets just say ohhh about 200. I have many breeds, from layers to fancy chickens. I love poultry shows, I love fowl in general as I have come to find out through having more than just chickens. Chickens will always be my first love though. I do show some of my birds occasionally.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Speckles

This is Speckles. He is one of the first four I ever hatched out of my first two pairs of Serama. His parents are huge, none of them would qualify in any of the weight classes accepted for this breed. With that being said, I think it is my fault, in a way, that my birds all end up weighing more than Serama are supposed to weigh.

This is not a real great shot, but I wanted to show his beautiful tail. He is only about 7 months old and has already filled out so beautifully.

 

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A lot of people tend to feed their chickens scratch grains. There is not a lot of nutrition in this as it is mostly cracked corn. Chickens LOVE it, it is like candy to them, but just like candy, it isnt really all that good for you.

I don't totally deprive my chickens of scratch grains, but I do mix it with 16 percent layer crumble which is a complete diet for any chicken.

I raised my first four from babies. They are beautiful, but they are big.

I hatched off about thirteen babies from these originals. I traded some with Dwain for silkies and Twiggy. I have seen his birds since trading, they are not huge like Speckles. He feeds them scratch grains more often than not.

The largest an adult rooster can weigh and still be in the class C, which is the largest class is I believe 600 grams. I weighed Speckles.

Ummm....he is over 800 grams...oooopps.

It is too bad, I would have liked to have shown him.

Come to find out he has exceptional manners. I have never handled him. Day before yesterday I took an opportunity to snag him out of the pen. He freaked out for a second, but then amazingly he was fine. I took him in the house, took these pictures, put some vaselineon his comb (it has been so cold, and I am afraid he might get frostbite on his comb as he is in an unheated pen with others). 

 

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I am still amazed to this day how one will act so differently than others. When I took pictures of Buzzbomb and tried to hold him to tame him down he was wild as all get out, never would settle down.

Speckles, he took it all in stride. I sat with him in the rocker and tried rubbing him under the wings like so many of my chickens like, and well he took right to it. Lifted his wing right on up, held it up for me. So we went to the other side and did that one too. He was even talking to me. Not in a nervous way, but in a little calm way. It is hard to describe, but they do have a lot of different sounds, and I have learned a lot of them and what they mean as far as what they are feeling.

I tried to put him down and let him walk around, but believe it or not, he didnt want to! He wanted me to keep holding him and petting him.

I still think some chickens are smarter than others. Some catch on really quick that you are not going to hurt them and they would enjoy a humans company.

Yesterday when I went out to make my rounds I talked to Speckles through the pen door and I want you to know he hopped up on the front perch and started dancing along that perch and looking at me, all happy to see me. Too sweet.

Shelby said she saw where someone had toilet trained their pet chicken, it was on a video. I have yet to find it, but I will! I want to know how to do this. If it possible, just imagine the possibilities!

Speckles temperament is perfect for show, but he is just too big, too bad really.

The second bunch of Serama I got recently have already 'bulked up' compared to when I got them a few months ago. I think they will still meet the weight requirements for a show though.

One morething, if you notice, he is not very typy. He does not pose like a Serama very much. He can do it, I have seen him do it. He did it when I put him back in the pen that day. He wouldnt do it for me when I was taking pictures.

 

11 comments:

breakaway1968 said...

That is a sweet looking chicken!  I just don't know how you do it!  You take care of all these animals...and WELL I might add...and then you still have time for your home and family.  Amazing!   My hats off to you!  

madcobug said...

He is a beautifil bird. It's amazing how they take to that petting. Helen

gen0507 said...

Kelly he's beautiful.  It's too bad that he's too big.  Everytime you tell a story about your chickens...I'm just amazed!!!!  That lst picture is my favorite.....he posed for you!

Hollie

plieck30 said...

Hummm I knew someone who toilet trainned their cat. If anyone can do it you can and then comes the flushing lessons. lol Paula

nelishianatl said...

I've heard of people training their cats to use the toilet and as smart as these birds seem to be, I think you could do it if anyone could.  I must say this is a beautiful bird and it's a shame you can't show him.  On the other hand, it's a sign you are taking very good care of him too.  I love your chicken stories.  He just sounds so personable.

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mcknansmom said...

i love hearing about your babies!  and he is gorgeous!

tampa0503 said...

How beautifu!!

Bethe

hestiahomeschool said...

I can't wait to get my chickens!  I think all birds like the under the wing thing--my old cockatoo loved it, so did our cockatiel and our parakeets, and even the wild pigeons and sparrows I have rehabbed enjoy it.

What a handsome beauty he is.

I am glad I do not eat meat. It would break my heart to eat such a lovely creature!

wwfbison said...

He is very handsome, I thought you might have put the vaseline on his comb to bring out the red color.  I think you should change his name though...to Tank!  He is a big boy.  I would love to see a toilet trained chicken, you must find that video.
Lisa

geocachelinda66 said...

Speckles is a very handsome rooster!  Linda

grahamfarmga said...

Pretty Chicken to bad you cant show. That extra love and care you give your chickens add extra weight LOL Hubby says I make over and feed the goats to much
Terrie

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