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.
Our 9 geese are 2 American Buffs, 5 Tufted Toulouse, and 2 Chinese. Geese are the watch dogs of the farm and honk loudly whenever there is trouble. Our 14 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.
THE GAME BIRDS
Palmer the Royal Palm Turkey is definitely the farm mascot. He enjoys people more than other turkeys. We have 5 Royal Palms and 4 Narragansetts 70 Guinea Fowl 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.