On Monday, one of our lovely hens tried to crow. She’d had a red face, wattles, and comb for some time, but hadn’t laid any eggs. Yesterday morning, we spotted the beginnings of spurs on her legs. After a quick trip to a breeder nearby, our fears were confirmed — our beautiful buff Orpington hen is a cockerel. The breeder was really nice and took Penny as he doesn’t have neighbours who’d be disturbed by crowing. Penny now lives with lots of pretty chickens and bantams, including the little guy in the photo.
We brought home two Isa hens to try to fill the flock out a bit. One of them laid an egg this morning. Hurrah!