The Liege

I am obsessed. Ever since we decided to get roosters to protect our hens after Goldie was nearly killed, I’ve been looking for the perfect rooster. I found it.

The Liege Fighter. It’s a Belgian gamecock, 30 inches tall and 12 pounds. Huge feet the size of a turkey’s, with giant spurs. The face and gait of a pterodactyl. Flashy, gorgeous feathers. Friendly and gentle with humans and other chickens BUT (says the listing on Greenfire Farms that did me in) “pity the hawk that tries to threaten a hen when a Liege rooster is on patrol.” Pity. The. Hawk. Oh, yesss….

Hawks are protected. You cannot harm a hawk. I do not intend to harm a hawk. (Take note please, DNR.) All I’m saying is, if a hawk attacks my chicken, and my chicken kicks its ass, that’s just nature. (Plus probably embarrassing later at the Hawk Club.) Pity, pity the hawk….

“The Leezh” is how I say it. It’s actually “Lee-EZH”. But I like “the Leezh” because it sounds like a Special Forces. Like the Navy Seals of the farm, the anti-raptor enforcement unit.

I got six. Right away they were different. Big and muscular, like raising baby eagles. Shockingly calm and friendly. Super easy to handle. Unafraid. Confident. Fabulous.

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They’re teenagers now. Four of the six are growing up to be roosters, two hens. The roosters are transforming from dusky chicks to show vibrant and glorious feather patterns – two black with chestnut saddles, orange necks, and deep green tails. One dark grey and chestnut. One enormous light grey-blue with spectacular fiery accents. One small grey hen like a roadrunner. And, one jet black hen we’ve named Nighter Love, whose feathers glisten deep purple and green in the sunlight.

They are crazy-great. I love them in all their giant, breathtaking, beautiful, feathered strangeness. They walk upright, like a pack of dinosaurs. Their crow is the cry of a primal game bird, not a regular chicken. When they roost, they stomp along the bar sounding like elephants are in there. And they’re only half grown.

Welcome, my Liege.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Jayme Martin says:

    Hello, I am interested in some chicks or hatching eggs! Around a dozen eggs if you only do eggs. If chickens probably 5-10 depending on price. Please send me some info.

    1. Dyberrycreek.farm says:

      Hi, We have decided we are not going to sell hatching eggs or baby chicks this year due to a lack of time and resource to do so. Perhaps next spring. We do have some full grown well behaved purebred roosters (1 Isbar & 2 Black Copper Marans cockerels) we are giving away to good homes

  2. Dawn Smith says:

    Are you shipping birds yet? We are going to be looking for 2 hens and a roo and live in CT!

  3. Wade Humphries says:

    Beautiful birds. Do you ship hatching eggs?

    1. Dyberrycreek.farm says:

      Hi Wade

      We don’t ship yet, but may start this summer, what kind and how many are you interested in?

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