Another tale of an urban rooster in hiding because he was "illegal". I wanted to have a black copper marans (BCM) hen and found out that it can be a little hard to get them without paying a small fortune. I heard about the Chef who had a well respected flock and I asked for some eggs. $60 for a dozen and a little extra for shipping. It would be less to ship than to haul my truck out there. The eggs were beautiful and he shipped extras. Two had broken, which i was glad for because I got to eat them. Really wonderful. Made me want to have BCM hens even more. I never knew an egg could taste so creamy and rich.
Some were super brown and some lighter but I put them all in the incubator. I had a couple of good hatches from our Rhode Island Reds of 100% but the shipping was going to affect the hatch rate. Well it affected them alot! Only 3 of the 15 eggs hatched and I hope for a girl. They were scraggly looking things. I emailed the Chef to let him know that they had hatched and that I would probably want more eggs soon. Well to my horror, he said that he wouldn't have any for a long time because his dog had killed all his flock expect for one hen. So sad. And now I felt I needed to make sure these guys made it. At one point I found one of the dogs next to brooder with chicken feet sticking out of her mouth. I screamed and got the little BCM out and she or he was covered in doggie slobber but still alive and seemingly unhurt and just a tiny bit shaken by the whole experience. I'm still not sure which one it was.
There is more to the story but I will update the story later. Suffice it to say that after much moving him around I had Sleepy, the BCM rooster, back in our house in Long Beach where roosters are not allowed. I was keeping him inside in the morning in a small crate and then putting him back out later in the day. Alot of work and I could still hear him crowing/singing a tiny bit outside the house so not a permament solution.
Luckily Irine and Robert from our group said that they would give him a home and would take him the next morning! I was so happy. I didn't want him to be lonely so I brought Precious along. Sleepy is a little shy but Precious won't take anything so she's good to have around for him. He still doesn't realize that he's big and strong so ducks a lot when he sees other chickens.
Their new home is so wonderful with lots of space and he can crow to his heart's delight. Irine said that I can come back anytime to see them and that I could have a dozen eggs to hopefully get a few more BCM.
I'm just so happy that Sleepy will get to live out his life and be appreciated for being the impressive being that he is. He's just 4 months old and has lots of life to live still.