Well, if you have followed our adventures for a while you remember, we hatched out eggs in an incubator as a science project in February. We had 4 chickens; one died from science fair trauma, one was eaten by the dog, and that leaves us with two. I really wanted the kids to experience the full circle of things and have these chickens lay some eggs for us. All that was fine and dandy until last week when all of a sudden this one starts growing these multi-colored extra long tail feathers. Now, he is walking around making these little throaty mini-crowing noises. I don't think anyone can deny - we have ourselves a rooster.
Now this produces a bit of a problem. I can't have this guy crowing at 5 am - we do live in the city and roosters are against city ordinance too. So, what to do? I can give him away - I bet there is not a big demand for roosters. Or we could eat him. Can you eat roosters? Believe it or not my kids would eat him. As a matter of fact I think they would like to see him get processed. They are pretty level headed about where our food comes from and are interested in how it is done. I'm not doing it!
Now, the other thing is, would the other one, the hen, just die of loneliness? Can you keep just one chicken? We sure have been through a lot - keeping them alive in the garage through terrible cold weather, building the coop, keeping the dog away from them, it'd be sad to get rid of them and not even get an egg out of it!