(updated Saturday, August 6, 2022)
> “Feisty”, a Non-Bearded Mille Fleur Booted bantam rooster first came to our farmette in November, 2009. Friends from a nearby town expressed concern with the approaching cold weather so Feisty was brought from roaming a neighborhood-friendly environment to a children’s playhouse-style chicken home with enclosed run. Obviously lonely, he was provided with a flock of his own and he became a family man. His top priority in life was caring for his flock. He watched over his hens and cared for his chicks. He protected two neglected chicks and taught them how to fit in with the flock. An article on this special chicken was published in Backyard Poultry, December 2010/January 2011 issue. Near the end of his life, he taught a younger roo how to become the leader of the flock. Feisty lived for six years and bantam clans became a big part of life in Frisbee Road’s chickendom.
Frisbee Fowl Focus (Summer, 2022):
> Six-year-old “Boots” is the last remaining offspring of Feisty. He has feathered feet like his great-grandfather and loves adventures. He is a docile “roo” and enjoys adventures with good buddy, seven-year-old bantam hen, “Doodle”. At the end of the day, they leave backyard adventures behind and return to the safety of House of Bantam henhouse.
> Seven-year-old Bantam hen “Sweetpea“, is the only other remaining bantam hen on the farmette. She lives with the big egg-laying girls in Son-of-Barn henhouse. Although smaller than the other gals, she shares their daily adventures and hangs out with an older Cuckoo Marans hen, “Spry”.
- It takes a hen 24-26 hours to lay an egg. An egg starts growing into a chick when it reaches a temperature of 86 degrees. A chicken takes 21 days to hatch.
- Grocery store chickens are 5-8 weeks old. The average life span of a chicken on our farmette is between 5-8 years. Eleven-year-old “Spry” is our oldest living hen. She talks….ALOT !
……A chicken’s gotta do what a chicken’s gotta do and how is one recognized without talking with you!
- There are over 150 varieties of domestic chickens.