Chickens at Five Months
This is probably our most handsome rooster right now. We have a couple that are awfully pretty. We bought 25 straight-run day-old Speckled Sussex chicks at the beginning of May. Straight-run means it's random luck as to whether they are male or female; we just get whichever chick was grabbed when our order was being filled. We actually got 26 Speckled Sussex chicks plus a free "mystery chick" for a total of 27 chicks. We ended up wth 13 hens and 13 roosters, plus the mystery rooster.
One rooster died a couple of weeks ago. He was standing by himself with his tail feathers down when I went to let them all out of the chicken house for the day. I isolated him and gave him electrolytes in his water, but he didn't pull through. He died after about three days of illness. We figure he ate something he shouldn't have. I dug a hole and buried him.
It's odd how something is a certain size when living, then when dead it's reduced and seems smaller. Then when you go to dig a hole to bury it, it magically grows to be even larger than it was in life. That's what the rooster did, anyway.
The hens should start laying eggs any day now, or maybe a month from now. They don't have nest boxes so that's a project I need to do pronto. As soon as I process the last of the tomatoes and dig up the potatoes (if they're still worth digging after all this rain). Maybe the hens will hold off egg laying for another week or two. Fingers crossed.