This is Rose. I haven’t introduced her yet. We got her when we picked up Rudy (Toot-Toot)…the rooster. We needed some laying hens immediately, since none of our hens were laying, and it would be a while before the chicks would be old enough to lay. We actually picked up two more chickens at the same time. They were all $5 a piece.
To make a long story, short…one turned out to be a rooster, and we gave him to the Soap Lady’s Son. I’m happy to report that he’s thriving there with a harem which is at least three times the size of Rudy’s brood. Word has it that little guy has grown his tail feathers and has found his ‘crow.’ I’m so happy he went to a good home. The other chicken turned out to be very sick, and was not recovering in spite of heroic efforts on my part to save her, so we had to put her down. Rudy has turned out to be somewhat of a dweeb, but he keeps us entertained, and the ladies tolerate him, so I think we’ll keep him.
Rose is a pullet (under a year old) but we have no idea exactly how old she is. It took her a while to integrate with the rest of the flock, since she was much younger than the other gals. Consequently, she’s very quick on her feet.
I wanted to introduce her because this is an auspicious occasion. Yesterday I went out to the hen house and found an egg! It was quite small, so I know it didn’t come from any of my other hens. This morning, I found another one! I’ve noticed that the past few days, she walks with a little more strut in her step after her chicken rite of passage. There is nothing like gathering a ‘first egg’. I’m pretty proud of it, too!