Big Red and Minor Miracles

Yesterday I took the four oldest kids and we went to pick up our new rooster from my friend. She had kept him for me for far longer than either she or I were planning so I am very grateful. It was dark by the time we got there so I really couldn’t get any pictures. I have actually heard that it is best to introduce new birds to a flock at night so I was hopeful this would work out. This morning, woken by some mediocre crowing, everyone seemed to be happy. I didn’t want to let them free range today because I wasn’t sure how Big Red, the name we are going with for now, would do. I think I will give him a couple more days before letting him out. In the meantime I am trying to give them plenty of fresh grass and clover to keep all of the chickens occupied in their run.



This evening with the few spare minutes I had I wanted to get the eight straw bales that were up against the barn down to the compost pile. It took a bit longer than I had hoped and included an hour break. The reason for the break was that while I was lifting one of the bales into the tractor bucket I found myself face first in a nest of bumblebees. I consider it a minor miracle I wasn’t stung and neither were the kids who were standing close by. A can of wasp spray, and an hour later, I was able to get the last of the straw moved. Not without another thrill. As I was raking the last of the straw a last bee dive bombed me and grabbed onto my neck. Fortunately I was able to brush it off before it stung me, but it got my heart going. While moving the straw I found evidence of what I knew was there.  I had seen his tail once or twice.  My guess is it was eating mice who were hiding in the straw.


Several sheddings worth I am sure

All in all, not a bad day.


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7 Responses to Big Red and Minor Miracles

  1. jolynnpowers says:

    I am guessing your rooster is a Rode Island Red… and the hens Leghorns… should get great egg layers from this crossing but Red Roosters are known to be aggressive to children… just though I would pass it along….. if buy chance he is a Rode Island Red.

    • He is a Rhode Island Red. The white ones are Amberlinks, so we should still get good layers. I am definitely keeping an eye on the rooster and the kids aren’t allowed in the pen with him unless I am around. They have been warned to watch themselves as well. When we let them hatch some out, I may need a silky to do that, I will be keeping the gentlest of the hatched roosters. Thanks.

  2. smjohnson50 says:

    We have the same problem with our little batum rooster, he tries to attack our daughter every time she turns her back. She is learning to scare him away though.

  3. Susie says:

    Wow! I’d never heard that about Red Roosters. Kinda makes since-our red Americauna starting bowing up to me-Hubby said he wasn’t bothering him. Then… he did jump at Jeff. I think he (hubby) put the fear of God in him. He hasn’t looked at us sideways since! hehe But I still keep a CLOSE eye on him!

  4. What an exciting hay moving venture you had! I have a Big Red as well, but she is a girl. She was my only point of lay he. When all the others were just baby chicks so she was named Big red. I discovered your blog thru the HomeAcre Hop, glad I did too!

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