Americauna Chicks 2014

Americauna Chicks 2014

Once again I couldn’t resist getting some new chicks for 2014.   Last year it was my White Leghorn and New Hampshire Red, and this year it is two Americaunas.  The reason I wanted to get Americaunas  was because of the pastel colored eggs.  They’re so lovely and reminiscent of Easter.  After three weeks with these chicks I’m really glad I made that choice.  There is something special about these two little girl chicks.  They not only have beautiful color patterns, but they seem sweeter than the others were as chicks.  They’ll calm down and go to sleep on my lap when I cradle them in the evening, and they walk around on my feet pecking at my socks and jumping on my legs which shows that they aren’t completely suspicious of me.  I’m going to make more effort to get these chicks used to me by holding them more and just sitting near them

more often.  With the other hens I’ve never made much effort to bond, and I’ve never considered them as pets.  They’re farm animals, and their major purpose is to produce eggs to feed me and my family.  It may seem unfeeling, but if they can’t fulfill their purpose then they would wear out their welcome with me.  I truly do appreciate and respect my hens, and they give me much pleasure when I hang out with them in the garden, but when all is said and done, they are still food producers first and foremost.

 

It’s understandable how emotional bonds can develop between hens and their owners.  Not unlike our human relationships, it’s the personality of the hen that determines how close one bonds with it.  When a personality trait of a particular hen isn’t compatible with mine or if a hen is skittish, non-trusting, and suspicious of me, then it is difficult to bond with her.  The White Leghorn is such a hen.  If a hen is mean, aggressive and not inclusive of other hens, then there is no way I’m going to bond with that hen either.  The Golden Wyandotte is this type.  The pecking order behavior of hens is not fun to watch. When I saw how aggressive she was to the White Leghorn and how she beat up and bloodied him, I could no longer feel affection for her.  I became very judgemental of her behavior, just like I would anyone who beats up on the underdog.  Not only that, but she seems so lacking in personality overall.  There’s something dumb and petty about her.  Not my favorite hen!  Then there is the Giant Jersey.  She’s actually a nice hen, and she isn’t aggressive, skittish, or lacking in personality, but she’s just so BIG!  And when she climbs the ladder up to the hen house, she really struggles.  She is a beauty though, and she let’s me get closer to her than the others.  Probably because it’s harder for her to run away fast due to her size.

 

The one I am most fond of is the New Hampshire Red.  Not only is her coloring beautiful in contrast to her red comb and wattles, but she has more personality and intelligence than any of the other hens.  She’s a good sister to the White Leghorn, and she is hilarious to watch.  She’s a very social creature, and every time she sees me open my back door she runs towards the house in her waddling manner so she can come in and check things out and see if I have any corn chips for her.  It’s so funny to watch. She is very curious and so chatty that I swear she is trying to talk to me.  Whenever I’m out in the yard crouching and digging, she’s the first one to come over and see what I’m doing, and then she wants to start digging with me. For some odd reason she reminds me of my mother, and my fondness for her just keeps growing.

 

I’m still afraid to let her and the White Leghorn near the new chicks unattended, but they are approaching them quite closely now, and so far they haven’t pecked at them, so it seems like they are already getting used to them.  No way will I let the Wyandotte get near them.   I’ve decided that when the time comes to introduce the new chicks into the flock in the back I will be getting rid of the Wyandotte because of her aggressiveness, and probably the Giant Jersey too. Four hens is really enough for me, and it is the right number for the size of hen house.   I hope I can find good homes for them.

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2 Comments to Americauna Chicks 2014

  1. May 3, 2014 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Some breeds are very heavy egg layers and they can be very aggressive .

    Some breeds are old style hardy ,disease resistant, easy keepers .
    Breeders of plants and animals select for narrow range goals, taste,easy keeping , and other desirable trails get lost.

    Check out the tree nature of your Americaunias , we got them as better able to care for themselves in raccoon country,by tree climbing which coons certainly do as well but the coons went after the easy targets in the barn first , we didn’t have a hen house and the kids just ran wild roosted wild in the barn,and eggs every where in the barn .

    I often wondered what you would find if you did a taste test of the different eggs/breeds.
    There is a Big difference in the fast of vegetables ,fruits , meats,
    so I would guess eggs as well ( duck eggs are to rich for me )

    Keith

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