If you recall from my last post, I began writing using clichés wherever I can. My last blog, I Already Have One Paw on the Chicken Coop* was one about chicken “tractors”. If you forgot what that is, then read my last blog again.
As I continue researching this idea, I have this thought. If I decide to purchase one, I will be looking for one that I can buy For the Price of a Skinny Chicken*. If you want to know what that means, you can look it up. This is an educational article and I don’t give out all the answers.
Once I get the “tractor”, (build or buy) then I suppose we will have to move on to the purchasing (or hatching) of the fowls. This depends on whether or not we want full-grown chickens or raising them from baby chicks. I don’t really have a preference as long as I don’t have to sit (set?) on the eggs.
If we decide to raise them from baby chicks, I’m wondering, how on earth do you determine whether or not you get females? The last time I looked a chick straight in the eye or from underneath, I saw no example of whether it was a boy chick or girl chick.
I read somewhere there are professional chick sexers that can tell you whether or not your baby chicks are female or male. I wonder how you get that job and how much does it pay? Do you know what you have to do to determine whether the chick is male or female? You can explore this line of thought if you wish, but for me, forget it, it doesn’t pay enough. And I also read that even the sexers are not 100% accurate. Now if we purchase adult chickens, then there will be no problem. I can tell the difference between roosters and hens. I have always been able to tell a male from a female in most other species. I don’t have to hold them upside down, either.
There are a number of chicken breeds that lay eggs. Some are exotic and require a great deal of care. I thought I wanted a leghorn, seems I recall them when I was a youngster at my grandmother’s house. I remember the rooster that would chase me whenever I entered the chicken yard to gather eggs. We don’t want any leghorns.
My grandmother also raised Rhode Island Reds. I suppose you can guess where they originated. I’m not exactly sure how they ever got to East Texas. I figure they realized that Texas was the place to be and got here as quickly as they could. If you don’t live in Texas, come on down, get here as quickly as you can.
I discovered there is a breed of chicken that lays Easter Eggs. By that, I mean they are already colored. It’s a fact. The Araucana, from Chile, actually lays blue and green eggs and even speckled eggs. Another breed, the Ameraucana, also lays pink and brown eggs., Guess what they call these breeds? Easter Eggers.
My wife said she favored the little breed known as Silkies. They are an ornamental chicken breed. I discovered one of the most unusual aspects of this chicken is that they have five toes. I think they are the only chicken that fits that category. I don’t know if that is pertinent or not, just an observance. Until now, I always thought Silkies were little dogs.
Well, I don’t really care what breed my wife gets as long as I don’t have to play with them. With all the dogs that own us, I have enough playmates already. Better not let the dogs play with them either, or else it would be back to square one*. And besides, I don’t have the chicken tractor, yet.
P.S. Just this morning I heard on the news that eating egg yolks is as “bad as smoking”. They said that egg whites or egg substitutes have no cholesterol and fewer calories than whole eggs. If we could get chickens that lay only egg whites or “Eggbeaters” then I would have it made.
Then again, maybe I need to rethink this whole idea about chickens.
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Have a great day.