Tuesday, October 22, 2013

One of these things is not like the others

One of these things just doesn't belong.....

Can you tell which thing is not like the others 
By the time I finish my song? 

Pretty snazzy red comb there for a pullet, wouldn't you say?
It appears that our order of twenty Rhode Island Red pullets turned out to be nineteen pullets and one rooster. And boy, am I mad!  We had gone into the feed store, specifically requested all females, paid more for them, took them home, cared for them for the past two months and now I find out that there's a stinking rooster in the bunch!  Now I'm going to be short one hen for my four teams of all-hen basketball!  All that money I spent on those pink, teeny-tiny matching uniforms for the gals totally wasted!!

But seriously, I'm not really that upset.  I can handle a 5% error rate on the sexing of day old chicks.  And then if I do decide to hatch out some eggs next year, I'll have purebred RIR's.

And if he turns out to be a pecker-head we'll plop his butt in the soup pot.


  1. You are a RIOT! It's got to be hard to sex those little butts. Not a job that I'd want. RIRs are nice birds, but a little short for BBall...

  2. Carolyn,

    Pecker head, lol
    You could dress him as a girl so you have all your teams for basketball!

  3. Maybe he'll be a nice pecker head. I ended up with three roos this year. One on purpose, one escapee at butchering time, and one pullet turned roo. I love my White Rock roo. The escapee went in the pot because he was a stupid mean pecker head.

  4. So basically your waiting to see if you have to pull your cock out or not and put it in a pot?

  5. Susan, not if I build them a teeny-tiny court and hoops!!

    Sandy, we live in the Bible Belt, remember. If I put a boy (human OR livestock) in girl's clothing, they'd find me and hang me!

    Jacqeuline, SMPH (stupid mean pecker heads) are so very, verrrryyyyy tasty :)

    PioneerPreppy.....uuuhhm, not going to go there. (The irony that I usually abbreviate your name as PP wasn't lost on me either, but for obvious reasons this reply justified me spelling the entire thing out)

  6. OMG you're too funny! He must feel wonderful surrounded by all those gorgeous gals... I love RIR's!

  7. I spotted him right away! That happened to me once. I chose the only rooster in a batch of 25 chicks. He did turn out to be a pecker-head, and into the stock pot he went. By the way, I love your unfiltered blog: pecker-head.