Funny thing is, I came home today to find my chickens playing in the rain.. for some reason I thought chickens don’t like water… obviously I was wrong..
Maybe, after the stinker hot whether, anyone is happy to cool down in the rain..
The "boys" grooming themselves and drying off after the rain
The “boys” love the tree stumps.. climb over each other just so them can roost on it..
Here I have my “boys” showing off their feather after the rain..
Have a look at Coffee.. stretching his wing out for all to see.. He is the first chicken to get a name and the only one my children and my husband can tell apart..
Andrew (my 3 yrs old) would sometime run after Coffee and says:”Here chicken chicken.. have some coffee.” Crack me up all the time.
I truly hope Coffee turn up to be a pullet rather than a cockerel, as I really don’t want to get rid of “him” he is so beautiful…
Monday 30th November 2009
Crack of dawn this morning… Cookoodoo… I start to count the crow and cross my finger that it will stop.
One, two… ten. I stop counting but the crowing did not stop for another minute 😦
My neighbors are going to complain, I am going to get in trouble with the council as it is not allow to keep rooster in the backyard… What choice do I have?
Just before I leave for work, I said good bye to Milk tea, give him one last handful of crack corn, and leave him in Kevin’s capable hand.
At about 1:30 this afternoon, Kevin called to said: “the deed is done and we are having steam chicken for dinner”.
Side note: when the chooks first came home, we have an agreement, they are not pets. Rooster for meat and hen for eggs.
I ask Kevin how, as he has never seen any chicken butchered before let alone actually doing the deeds himself.
It looked like Milk tea’s continuos crowing this morning has sign his own death warrant.. Kevin got up at the 2nd crow and log on to google to get the instruction on the ‘how’.
Goodbye Milk tea. You are gone but not forgotten. We thank you for your contribution and we will miss you.
Yesterday.. I was dreaming that all my babies will be pullets.. until I hear the first crow..
Somehow I must have jinx myself as Milk tea decided to declare HIMSELF…
At around 4 this morning.. kevin woke me up.. he heard a crow he said.. wait.. few moment later.. for sure, there’s another one..
At that time we didn’t know which chicken made the crow.. so Kevin got up and let the Chicken out of the coop..
As he was there, Milk tea decided to made his announcement… he puff up his chest and “Cookoodoo”..
There is no doubt what so ever that MILK TEA IS A COCKEREL..
I am trying to determine the sex of my chickens… any help out there from the people “in the know” will be very much appreciated..
Group photo at 10 weeks
The one closest to the screen is Jou Dan, with my limited knowledge in keeping chicken I am guessing Jou Dan is a SHE..
Pullet meant to be smaller in body size compare to cockerel, but all my little one are about the same size.. The only different (size wise) I can spot is, Jou Dan have more slender toes compare to other 3..
The main characteristic I use to determine Jou Dan’s sex is the color and size of the Comb and Wattle.
According to research, pullet’s comb and wattle will remain smaller and lighter in color (yellowish) compare to cockerel.
招蛋 Jou Dan's comb and wattle are pink and yellowish compare to the rest of the chickens
Have a look at Jou Dan’s comb and Wattle at the close up.. it is more pink with slight yellowish edging.
The differences with the comb and wattle can actually be quiet obvious in the group photo on the top.. notice how Milk tea’s (right of Jou Dan) comb and wattle are larger in size compare to Jou Dan.
For the purpose of comparing, check out Milk Tea’s comb and wattle, not to mention his earlobe, it is darker in color and larger in size (can’t really tell the size in this comparison, due to the angle of the camera).
Now.. I am just waiting for some expert to tell me that I am wrong and all my babies are pullets and there is no cockerels in this lot..
Compare the the Comb and Wattle with the "Boy" it is larger and a deeper red.
I am still allow to dream and wish until I hear the 1st “crow”… 🙂
Lets see how long I can keep this going..
My chickens are about 10 weeks old now.. I got them from my sons daycare hatchling program.. that is to say.. hen or rooster.. no idea…
This is going to be an interactive blog where BYC owner can learn and share… feel free to add you comment…
I am going to try to keep this going until the gender of these chicken can be identify and maybe (hopefully) my first egg.. fingers cross 🙂
Close up at 23rd Nov 09