"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sexing Chickens

When you rescue a chick from a child's birthday party and name it Crackhead, after the ignorant guest it came from, the only fitting ending would be the darn thing turning out to be a rooster. Well, this is what a rooster looks like:Oh and I tried to get rid of the bird when it was still small and cute but everybody and their Craigslisting mother, unsolicitedly told me he was most definitely a she.

This is a she, Poppy our Buttercup, and lays cute little white eggs.
Again, this is a HE. Also known as a rooster or Crackhead or the more kid-friendly alias "Zebedee". He lays nothing and eats our expensive organic food. He has begun crowing more and more frequently and I'm beginning to grow an ulcer just waiting for the neighbors to complain.
Since I am here to educate you today I will take you further down the sexing chickens road. This is a hen's butt:
And this is a roosters butt:
And because I know chickens and their butts aren't so easy on the eyes, I'll send you off with happy images of furry little goats. Ezra in particular, is especially purty.
Even more so when he's eating my pants looking for more carrot treats...
And if that didn't work, how about a roly-poly winter bunny!
Did somebody say carrots?!

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