There are two flocks. This page is about the original flock at 13-Mile Farm; a small group of chickens who cruise our property and keep us amused. Read about our production flock of dedicated egg-layers here.

The first flock started when we brought two mamma hens with their new chicks from our house in Hilo. The hens, Lucy and Pahoehoe, had a total of 15 chicks between them. What are the odds: we ended up with 5 pullets (young hens) and 10 cockrells (baby roosters). Naturally, we were hoping for all hens, while it would have been okay, of course, to have one or two roosters…

Early on, before we discovered the hen/rooster ratio, Pahoehoe was getting pretty aggressive towards Lucy and her chicks so I decided to take Pahoehoe back to Hilo, leaving Lucy to be mother to all. That worked out fine until it became clear there were too many roosters; I had to do a little more managing of this flock. I picked one rooster as the best of the bunch, named him Mr Lucky, and confined the other nine roosters in a large chain-link dog kennel.

After The Nine had enhanced the ground with a bunch of rooster fertilizer, this kennel could be moved from spot to spot, so it was a kind of “rooster tractor.” After each move, I would sprinkle the ground with IMO 5 and cover that over with a thick layer of compost. This area is now our productive banana patch.

About two months after planting the keiki bananas. You can see part of the "rooster tractor" and a 2-ft high electric fence to keep feral pigs out.

About three months after planting the keiki bananas. You can see part of the “rooster tractor” and a 2-ft high electric fence to keep feral pigs out.

Below is a shot of them about seven months later and starting to flower.

Two of the bananas are starting to flower in September 2015 (Less than a year in the ground).

Two of the bananas are starting to flower in September 2015 after less than a year in the ground. You can see the “rooster tractor” in the background being overgrown with weeds. The electric fence you see is part of the goat and chicken pasture.