Okay, that is a bit of an exaggeration. We have more than one chicken left. But I find it ironic that on the day we go to pick up 5 new chickens, we have a coyote strike that takes out four chickens – in the middle of the afternoon! So we have a net gain of one chicken. And I'm not sure what it's like in your neck of the woods, but full-grown laying hens are expensive here! So we spent $100 bucks for one more lousy chicken.
The really traumatic part is that the coyotes got our rooster. Cuppa-Soup was the best rooster ever! (Obviously, he was originally meant for the soup pot, but the other roosters that I thought were in the running for the flock sire position turned out to be jerks, so Cuppa's gentile attitude saved him from the pot.) Cuppa was a home grown chicken, brooded by our nasty little Cochin (who is a wonderful mommy) and was the result of a Road Island Red Banty and an Amerucana. He had the best colors and was a very noble looking rooster. He always watched carefully and proudly over his harem. Cuppa would make the cutest noises to call all his ladies over when he found food, and would always make sure all the girls had eaten before he had his share. He NEVER challenged us! He really was the bestest and I don't think we can ever replace him. I never thought I would be in mourning over a rooster, but here I am.
Desperate to carry on Cuppa's bloodline, we pulled a handful of eggs from that day (7 of them). Also ironically, all of the chickens that had been broody just 'broke' during this week. That cochin seriously wouldn't get out of the boxes for months! But now? Can't get one to stay on the nest for love or money.
Should we get an incubator? Try to buy a broody chicken and hope she stays setting for the next 21 days? Wait – one of our egg customers has a couple hens that are usually pretty broody, let's try calling…
We are so lucky! Our dear friend has a broody hen, so we ran the eggs over to get them cooking under the hen. Hopefully in 21 days we will have 7 little Cuppa offspring running around! Farming is not easy. There's as much drama on the farm as there is on a daytime talk show!