When we built Unity Farm in 2012, we started with a dozen hens. Now we have 100 Hens and 25 Roosters. The ideal ratio is about 5 hens to one rooster but many local towns do not allow roosters, so Easter chicks often result in Sanctuary rescues.
The Guinea Fowl
Guinea Fowl (the breed comes from West Africa) roam the Sanctuary eating all the ticks. Although John had Lyme disease 3 times in the past, he's not had a single infection since the Guineas have been on duty.
Our many ducks are a mixture of Runners, Pekins, Swedish blues, Rouens, and Cayuga. The waterfowl all live together and spend their days swimming in our streams and ponds.
Our turkeys have a lot more to say than just "gobble-gobble"! We have Royal Palms, Narragansetts, Blue Slates, and Broad Breasted Whites. Each is safe and sound at Unity and has their own personality and unique style--just ask Palmer or Handsome Paul!
Our geese are American Buff, Tufted Toulouse, Toulouse, Chinese Brown and Chinese White. Geese are the watch dogs of the farm and honk loudly whenever there is trouble.