Well that didn’t take very long! The day after we officially identified one of the hens as a definite rooster due to his body, comb and waddle size, he makes a faint attempt to crow!
OK, so I didn’t have my camera for the first one, so I ran to get it and had to convince him to do it again!
Now, I know he doesn’t have the most beautiful voice today, but give him a break! He’s only 3 1/2 months old! He’s gotta work them vocal cords a little before he’s ready for the opera!
Now I know you are saying “But Roosters are MEAN!” but he doesn’t have to be! I’ve been feeding him by hand his favorite snacks, black oil sunflower seeds! So he likes being around me. I can pick him up too! Now he doesn’t just sit and wait for me to pick up him, but he doesn’t really try to run away either. We are developing a great relationship!
We are excited to see what a beauty he’s going to be.
One of these things is not like the others…. One of these hens just doesn’t belong!
So we suspect we have a Rooster in our midst!
When you buy Pullets (hens) you expect ALL of them to be egg laying hens. Unfortunately it isn’t easy to determine the sex of 1-2 day old chicks. The hatcheries literally hire a few very talented individuals who apparently get paid a lot of money since they possess a rare ability to know the difference of these tiny private parts on iddy bitty chicks.
Well, it’s been our experience that they are periodically wrong, and they even legally document on sale that you may end up with a rooster because of mother nature.
Well! We are not disappointed though. We enjoy looking at the extra beautiful feathering that roosters get. We also enjoy some of their quirks. Plus they are protective of the ladies, so God forbid a predator manages to get to them, the rooster will sacrifice himself to defend his precious girls! Some roosters have been known to even kill hawks!
See if you can tell which chicken doesn’t look like the others on their YouTube Channel:
Sorry to say but we have one sick chick that didn’t make it. We usually lose one each batch but usually it happens during their first month so it was very sad for us. Chicks are more delicate than most people would like to think!
When we have a sick chicken it’s number one priority to clean out the entire coop top to bottom. So while the chicks had been afraid to venture out their chicken door, they had no choice today! I had to chase and catch them one at a time to get them outside. None of us were happy about it!
As you can see, the girls are scared to death! I’m sure they will eventually get used to it, but for now, they quickly ran back into their cozy Tajma Coop when given the chance!
RIP my little friend. Hope you have fun pecking your way over the rainbow bridge!