I was on the River cottage forum recently and got talking with Amanda, a lovley lady from Gloucester who hatched 6 Marans chicks earlier in the year, 5 of which were boys. Not good odds.
As we were after a chunky cockeral to breed our meat birds from next year we decided to meet up and bring him on an extended holiday to Cornwall to a new life of unbridled sex with his pick of the ladies.
I met Amanda (& Jasper) at Exeter service station where I’m sure we made quite a picture with Jasper in a cage on a grass verge in the car park pecking at corn! It was a 320 mile round trip between us to save the fella and I have to say he was totally worth it. He is so friendly and is even calming down the 2 feral ladies! I heard him crow yesterday morning for the first time and noticed that he was doing the cockeral flirty dance this morning so we should be alright for pretty little purebred Marans chicks in the spring…
Thank you Amanda for caring so much about your birds that you would put yourself out like that. He has settled in superbly and is just lovely.
The saddest part of this story is that Handsome Harry our original cockeral was not happy with the new fella and became quite aggressive. I had been trying to rehome him but there are tonnes of cockeral out there needing homes as they a/ they make loads of noise and b/ you have to keep them seperate from other cockerals due to the fighting instinct. So I asked my brother to do the deed and it is the first one I have really got upset over. So much so that I insisted he was buried & wouldn’t let anyone eat him! Daft sod!
Anyways he was a fab boy with a wonderful character who was totally spoilt rotten but we need a boy that can provide us with a (future) meat flock and Harry was mostly feather & flounce.
I’ll get photos of the new boy soon but in the mean time this is a farewell to Harry