Monday, September 27, 2010
Obsessions: Another Chicken Post
I've been trying to figure out just how many roosters we actually have.
I found this information about observing the differences of sexes in chickens at a young age at The Poultry Site .
Cockerel at 5 weeks of age
Medium size, pinkish
Downy with thin line of stub feathers down centre
Side of neck, crop and flanks
Feathering poorly advanced
Bare, showing wing covert quills
Erect and alert
Pullet at 5 weeks of age
More advanced feathering along centre & flanks
Side of neck, crop & flanks
Feathering well advanced
Covered with small feathers
It seems that if my observations are correct, that we may have three roosters out of the five Buff Orpingtons.
If so, we will keep the dominant one and name him Mr. Incredible.
The others will either be sold or given away.
And I've just got to give out some major kudos to my six girls out there in the hen house!
Most day we're getting six eggs and we've had two double yolkers within a three week period.
Anyone got some great egg recipes out there? I'm running out.
Hope your week is off to a great start!