This black chicken is “Toshiro”our new rooster. Some folks in Bellingham had a few too many roosters for town, and he needed a new home. He is named after Toshiro Mifune
one of my favorite Japanese actors, and is a Japanese Bantam
chicken. Bantam’s are a miniature chicken breed, so we are hoping the smaller size means he will be less rough on our hens. The old Speckled Sussex roosters were plain mean to them!
Can you see the resemblence to the actor?
As soon as I turned him in with them, the older hens ran over, and they’ve all been getting acquainted. He’s been sweetly pecking out tiny morsles of feed for the gals and offering them to the hens, between flapping displays and feather fluffing. They keep crowding around him like it’s the prom… I think he’s a hit!