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One big happy chicken flock

Black and white chickens

Black Australorp roosterRemember two weeks ago when I wrote that I was trying to combine two roosters into one flock?  I'm ready to tentatively call the experiment a success.

The Light Sussex are still at the bottom of the pecking order, but they're now allowed to eat side by side with the grownups, as long as they mind their manners.  As usual, it was the head rooster who made the decision --- once he started guarding the Sussex as well as his previous harem, they were in.

The only trouble with the merger occurred last week when the Light Sussex cockerel led his ladies up over the hill into the garden...and the Australorps and Marans started following behind!  Luckily, I saw the first white heads peek up over the hill as I was cooking supper and ran out to scare them out of their wits.  There have been no repeat performances.

Our POOP-free chicken waterer keeps the flock well hydrated.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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