As I was saying yesterday, I have lost a number of hens, more than I had though yesterday. Lat night I confined them in the coop, the roosters were not happy about being separated from their loved ones, but they will get over it.
3 ducks, 2 geese, 3 roosters and 6 laying hens are all I have left. Luckily I do have one hen that is sitting on 5 eggs and I am brooding 13 chicks in my bathtub.
I was concerned about the amount of roosters I may have in the bathtub, so last night I applied my newly learned sexing technique. I have 2 roosters, well two that I am positive of. This means that my husband gets to put to use the caponizing kit I bought him.
I also felt the need to put a myth to a test. Something that a woman in a grocery store told me about as we looked over tomatoes and talked ducks.
Hold the pullet by the feet, upside down, if the chicken bend forward, beak toward hand, it is a rooster, if it bends backwards or not at all it's a hen.
With this batch of chicks it seems to be true. I will not say that it works every time, so don't go into the farm store to hold chicks upside down, the clerks nor the chicks will be pleased. Plus I don't want any of you running to me and blaming me for all your roosters.