Pearl - 20 days old.
It is with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to my handsome rooster, Pearl, and 5 of his girls.
We're moving two provinces away and, as anyone who has moved will tell you, some downsizing is always required. I've lost a lot of sleep over this decision and I simply can't take my entire flock with me. Two or three days in cramped quarters with 11 hens and 1 rooster just won't work.
So, it is not without a few tears that I am handing over 6 of my birds to a new caregiver. They're going to a good home. A local 16 year old has built a brand new insulated coop to house them and they will be his first tenants. I'm sending Pearl and his girls with lots of information on the care and feeding they've received for the first 2 years of their life with me. I credit their success in surviving, in spite of me, to the information provided by Lisa Steele on her blog, Fresh Eggs Daily.
Over my husband's objections, I am keeping 6 laying hens and, when the time comes, I will do my best to transport them to their new home safely.
Things will be a lot quieter around the old hay bale from now on. You're one of a kind, Pearl, and I will miss you.