We went in with our neighbors on half a dozen + 1 chickens. They are silkies and bantams. A family out in Pahoa are chicken breeders and had about 500 chickens plus small dogs and a couple of cats in their backyard. I'm still getting the smell out of my nostrils! But the birds were healthy, and they had a great variety of breeds and colors to choose from.
The birds are six weeks old, and the woman who sold them to us said she was pretty sure that six of them were female. One she was not so sure about, so she threw in an extra bird for free, plus she gave us a dozen eggs and some feed.
She told us that the male bantams are popular with local boys, who like to set up fights in emulation of the fighting cocks of their fathers. They set the birds on a table, and the winner is the one who shoves the other one off the table!
Right now the chicks are in the carport next door. The two little neighbor girls take their chairs out and sit watching them literally by the hour.
We'll be moving them around our combined 2/3 of an acre and hope that they will develop a taste for coqui frogs.
It was sunny and lovely yesterday, so we went out to Richardson Beach, but it was closed for the day, because the County workers are trying to eradicate the fire ants that have shown up there. We had a few on our property but got rid of them by setting out sticky traps. Their bites are awful. I got one that took a month to heal.
So that's the news, pretty much.