This is where we weren’t going to go!

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This is Featherfoot.

If you remember, we got straight run (unsexed) chicks in June. We knew the boys were going in the pot, so we didn’t name any of then. At one point a dog got 4 of them. We consoled ourselves that those were probably all roosters (pretty sure that at least 2 were). The 3 bodies we found are still frozen in the fridge awaiting cooking. We successfully avoided attachment – except to Featherfoot.

He was a cute little runty fuzzy black chick – the only one with feathers on his feet. Since he became an early favorite, we reminded ourselves frequently that he was probably a boy. Not because he seemed to be, but as emotional protection. We would slip and call him Featherfoot, and then remind ourselves not to. We were very relieved when he showed back up after the dog rampage. He definitely started to get a bigger comb and wattle then the rest, but his body still looked very hen-like and we sorta hoped against hope that he was just a big combed breed of hen.

No such luck. There is no crowing yet, but it is painfully obvious that we have 5 hens and one rooster. He is shiny black with some iridescent green and has recently developed some pretty cream colored hackle and saddle feathers. His tail is getting long. He is beloved by his hens and quite the gentleman. He is also the tamest and the easiest to hold. It seems so right to see him out with the girls.

But this is the city. I have half a mind to get him de-crowed, and I’m not too concerned with the cruelty of that (I think he’d rather strut amongst his girls, indulging in his roosterly duties quietly than simmer with the dumplings) but even if anyone in town does that it is a risky, presumably expensive procedure that may not make him quiet enough to pass city standards. So he’s probably dinner. But it does seem a shame. It seems the flock should have a rooster, and he seems like such a good man to have around. It’d be neat to hatch out chicks someday too. Sigh.

In other chicken news, the winter coop is almost ready for them (I know I said that last time, but now really!). Just need to gate the outside run, finish the automatic chicken feeder, and seal the floor with polyurethane – they should be in by Friday. Probably going to acquire some Muscovy ducks by then too…at least the drakes will be no problem, noise wise!

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2 responses to “This is where we weren’t going to go!

  1. Shelly, I’m so sorry this happened to you. We have had several rooster fiascos too, and we buy pullets! We love our chickens and can’t even think of putting the old hens in the pot. I recommeded sex-links this last time just because of this, so we got one RIR because they are such excellent chickens and 1 golden sex link. Night, the one O named, is a black sex link. Everyone has quit laying, except the newbies, who won’t be ready til Dec. What to do to jump start them? Just wait, I guess they need a rest. We all need a rest now and then.

  2. Well, I’m all for raising meat chickens, and honestly I could off one of the girls in an instant – they seem kinda like dumb little feathered dinosaurs, and aren’t really all that cute either. The main thing I have against offing FF at this point is that it seems so complete to have a rooster with the flock. But I think I can do it with no problem anyway. Don’t be too sorry – it was planned to raise roos for dinner from the beginning, and I am finding myself much more cold and hard hearted than I ever thought – I think I’ll make a good meat animal farmer!

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