The stories, travails, mistakes, successes; the journey of a change in lifestyle for two would-be market farmers and permaculturists.

Friday, October 29, 2010

From Canada to Wisconsin

I started this post a while ago, but never finished it.  That seems to be the way of it.  There are some who are just wonderful about updating their blogs and facebook, and so on and so on.  I am in awe of those who seem to have such a great handle on their energy and able to keep up with it all.  I need to sleep sometimes!!

So what came from Canada to Wisconsin?  That would be our new trio of White Chantecler Chickens.  A trio, for those not familiar with the terminology in regards to chickens, is a rooster and two hens.  Greg Oakes, a Canadian member of Chantecler Fanciers International, made the offer earlier in the year to bring trios of this very rare but once abundant bird across the border into the states, thereby increasing the gene pool available now, and making it a bit easier to help this old and useful breed make a comeback.  It was a generous offer, because preparing birds for importation is no small matter.  However, on October 9, Greg brought 9 trios to Frankenmuth, Michigan, the site of this years Chantecler Club meeting, and delivered them to the grateful buyers.  At least one person received 3 trios and one extra old line rooster.  Others, like myself, were only able to afford one trio. However, Mr. Oakes had been able to maintain separate lineages of this great old breed, and my trio is made up of individuals from 3 different lines.

Roland made the trip up to Michigan to pick up the birds.  He was looking forward to it, since he likes long solo trips, and he was able to make a side trip to Ann Arbor, where he went to college.  We were also able to coordinate with an acquaintance in Ohio who was able to take some of our Penedesenca roosters off our hands.  We now have 3 nice roosters enjoying time with their own girls!!

They have settled in really well, enjoying their time on the grass in their heavily fortified chicken tractor.   This has been our best chickie tractor so far, an evolution I hope to eventually chronicle.  They all have different body types, and I am looking forward to hatching out some chicks next spring.  So far, they lay larger eggs than our Partridge Chanteclers, and they are the same nice pink/brown color.  We are excited to be able to participate in the conservation of these wonderful birds.

Phineas Frog - One good looking rooster!

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