Saturday I found Beast passed away in the pairs pen. No signs of trauma, not one feather missing. He was absolutely fine the day before. It remains a mystery as to what happened. These two were to be my newest breeding project. I wanted to have more of these magnificent giants.
Now Beauty is alone. The first couple of days she was fine, but now she is beginning to get lonely and complains a lot about being alone.
I have every intention of getting her another mate, and maybe a gal pal. But it is a long way to Jerrys house from here. I dont even know if he has anymore for sale right now. Ians dad lives close to where Jerry lives so we may plan a trip to go see them and while we are there I will go and get a pair of Giant Cochins.
Beauty had just started to lay regularly again when this all happened. I had heard that even though the male is not present anymore, some of the eggs still forming inside her will be fertile, kind of like a sperm reserve in there. I checked with some folks on a chicken message board and they had heard of this also. I have four eggs in the incubator from them now. Two are after he was gone. We will see what happens with the eggs.
To offset the bad news, here is the good news. I had my first giant cochin baby hatch day before yesterday. What a beautiful special baby this one is.
You can see this baby is quite large to start off with, no shrimp chicks here. ;)
Rest in peace big man...
You will be missed very much.