Pretty will get you everywhere
One of our chefs, Eddie Gomez, came to the farm last week to help with the rooster harvest. We selected 18 birds, but we decided this bird (pictured) was just to pretty to eat. He's an Arucana rooster and will grow much larger, making his beautifully colored plummage even more striking.
In all, we spared four roosters - one from each of the breeds we selected to raise. The Cuckoo Marans, which originated in France, is known for his chocolate brown colored eggs while the Barred Rock is an old variety known for its reliability to produce a lot of eggs. The Arucana's claim to fame is its multi-colored pastel eggs, and the Black Australorp has beautiful black feathers that shimmer a shade of green in the sunlight. He's also a smaller bird.
Of the four, we think the Arucana is will prove to be the King of the Hen House. He's rather bossy, and can always be found chasing the other roosters away from his hens. Eddie thinks we may have too many roosters and not enough hens.
I say this could make for some good cock fights or great chicken soup. But until then, this feisty bird needs a name. Thoughts?