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Sunday, February 5, 2012

An old patriarch departs and a young patriarch arrives!

Yesterday afternoon I found our old roo' George (short for George Washington) in a corner of the chicken run.  He had passed away sometime during the day.  George was hand-raised by one of my 4-H'ers and we adopted him about 5 years ago, when he was about 4.  He was so tame you could pick him up and rock him in your arms like a baby.  He was never aggressive to humans, but woe be to any other roo's, hawks, dogs or cats who attempted to harass his women.  I noticed the last few weeks he had slowed down a great deal, content to spend a lot of the day in on the roost.  I have a couple of his offspring in the form of hens, so his legacy lives on.  RIP, George!




We went out of town yesterday to pick up Lyndsey's new breeding ram.  (We got rid of all Steve's moms stuff at the same time, so we killed two birds (whoops, sorry George) with one stone).  He is a beautiful, muscle-packed Hampshire/Suffolk cross, with what the breeder called "blue" undertones.  We paid $300 for him.  I about choked, but the breeder says their market lambs sell over there at weaned age for $500, so he took a cut to allow us to add him to our flock.  The breeder is a wonderful gentleman named Robert Moss.  He is 82 years old and in wonderful shape for a man his age.  Very handsome too! Anyway, I digress... The ram is 11 weeks old and weighs in at 95 lbs.  He is huge compared to our 4 week old babies, who wouldn't weigh 95 lbs til they were about 4 months old, so I can tell he has some good genes in him.  I'll get better pictures today, but here's a cell phone shot.


So as one of our "founding fathers" leaves our little farm, a new one arrives.

2 comments:

  1. Rest in Peace Ol' George... A job well done old boy! Exciting to see your new baby! Thanks for sharing your world with us!

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  2. I'm partial to all black animals (love the Black Australorp chickens we got this past spring) so the new ram looks good to me. What's his name?

    I know George had a great life with you and it sounds as if he just plain wore out. RIP, good old rooster.

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