cock-a-doodle-DO? or don’t.

when we started talking about chickens to people the first question was always, “what about a rooster?” hens do not need a rooster to produce eggs. there are many benefits of a rooster but he is not a requirement. we decided not to go with a rooster. a hen convent was what i was promoting.

we are slowly beginning to suspect that our dorothy is a cockerel. (a cockerel is a rooster under a year old. a pullet is a hen under a year old.) she has always been larger than her other golden girls and definitely been at the top of the pecking order.


but now her comb is starting to grow in. hers is much larger than rose, her americana sister. here are some pictures this morning of the girls, well maybe the girls. her comb is already pink and rose has almost no color at all.


body wise, dorothy is much larger than all the birds.



my girl ethel.


so what do you think? cockerel or pullet? i am taking a poll. even if you have no idea vote one way or the other. it will be fun to see in the next couple of weeks. 6-8 weeks means cockerels will start crowing. dorothy will be 5 weeks tomorrow. pullets don’t crow. if that isn’t motivation to get the birds out of our house i don’t know what is.


maybe she is just the serena williams of pullets?

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